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Sunday, December 14, 2003 - Home Game

WON - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16 Houston Texans 03

The Buccaneers kept their postseason hopes alive, beating the second-year Texans 16–3, and improving to 7–7 on the year.

The rainy day saw Thomas Jones take over the primary rushing duties, and run for 134 yards and one score. Warren Sapp sat out the game with a strained foot, his first game missed in 73 starts.

For the second time in five weeks, the Buccaneer defense ended a long streak. Dating back to October 19, 2000, Tampa Bay had a streak of 54 consecutive games with a turnover (takeaway). Against the Texans, there were no forced turnovers, and the streak fell short of the all-time NFL record (71 by Philadelphia).

With the victory, Tampa Bay improved to 7–7, and were still in the wild card hunt.th 7 seconds left, Glennon completed the game-winning touchdown pass to Vincent Jackson in the left corner of the endzone.

GAMEDAY BRIEF

  • WEATHER: Cloudy - 67°F. - Humidity 93% - Wind S.W. 7mph Wind Chill 65°F.
  • OFFICALS
    • REFEREE: Gerald Austin
    • UMPIRE: Roy Ellison
    • HEAD LINESMAN: John Schleyer
    • LINE JUDGE: Carl Johnson
    • SIDE JUDGE: Rick Patterson
    • FIELD JUDGE: Scott Edwards
    • BACK JUDGE: Jim Howey
    • REPLAY OFFICAL: Dick Creed
    • VIDEO OPERATOR: not documented
    SCORING
    • BUCCANEERS: 07:26-1Q Jones 18 run (Gramatica kick)
    • BUCCANEERS: 10:13-2Q Gramatica FG36
    • BUCCANEERS: 00:33-2Q Gramatica FG23
    • TEXANS: 09:01-3Q Brown FG38
    • BUCCANEERS: 07:03-3Q Gramatica FG26
    STARTERS OFFENSE
    • WR: #82 C. Lee
    • LT: #72 R. Oben
    • LG: #71 K. Jenkins
    • C: #76 J. Wade
    • RG: #60 C. Coleman
    • RT: #74 C. Green
    • TE: #88 R. Dudley
    • WR: #87 K. McCardell
    • QB: #14 B. Johnson
    • RB: #22 T. Jones
    • FB: #43 J. Cook
    STARTERS DEFENSE
    • LE: #94 G. Spires
    • DT: #92 A. McFarland
    • NT: #91 C. Darby
    • RE: #97 S. Rice
    • CB: #29 R. Whitaker
    • MLB: #53 S. Quarles
    • WLB: #55 D. Brooks
    • LCB: #20 R. Barber
    • SS: #47 J. Lynch
    • FS: #23 J. Phillips
    • RCB: #26 D. Smith
    SUBSTITUTIONS
    • 7 Gramatica, 9 Tupa, 21 Frost, 27 Stecker, 30 Barnes, 32 Pittman, 34 Gibson, 35 Ivy, 52 Webster, 56 Nece, 57 Rudd, 61 Pinkney, 65 Whittle, 66 Benjamin, 79 Mahan, 80 Yoder, 81 R Williams, 84 Barlow, 86 K Williams, 90 White, 96 Wyms
    DID NOT PLAY
    • 10 King, 67 Walker
    INACTIVE
    • 2 Simms, 3 Shepherd, 19 Johnson, 28 Robinson, 62 King, 85 Dilger, 89 Heller, 99 Sapp

    INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

    RUSHING
    • BUCCANEERS: Jones 34-134, Stecker 5-17, Lee 1-6, Pittman 1-3, B.Johnson 1-1.
    • TEXANS: Davis 16-56, Hollings 2-9, Ragone 1-0.
    PASSING
    • BUCCANEERS: B.Johnson 28-17-237-0-0.
    • TEXANS: Ragone 17-9-64-0-0.
    RECIEVING
    • BUCCANEERS: McCardell 5-59, Pittman 5-33, Lee 3-95, Dudley 2-14, Cook 1-19, Jones 1-17.
    • TEXANS: Johnson 4-28, Miller 2-10, Davis 2-2, Bradford 1-24.
    INTERCEPTIONS
    • BUCCANEERS: none.
    • TEXANS: none.
    KICK RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Stecker 1-13.
    • TEXANS: Moses 5-99.
    PUNT RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Barlow 5-36.
    • TEXANS: Moses 2-24.
    SACKS
    • BUCCANEERS: Spires 2.5-12.5, Darby 1-5, Pinkney 1-0, McFarland 0.5-3.5.
    • TEXANS: none.

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