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Sunday, October 1, 1978 - Home Game

LOSS - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 07 Minnesota Vikings 24

Vikings quarterback Fran Tarkenton completed 20 of 31 passes for 213 yards. He passed for a touchdown to Sammy White, and set up a rushing touchdown by Robert Miller.

Doug Williams completed a Buccaneer-record 16 of 35 passes for 311 yards, including a 56-yard touchdown to Morris Owens. Alan Page blocked a Dave Green punt that was returned for the final touchdown. The Vikings also blocked an earlier field goal attempt, described by John McKay as looking like "The ball was snapped like a dying quail and about 25 men came through to block it".

As opposed to the previous meeting, the Vikings played error-free football.

GAMEDAY BRIEF

  • WEATHER: Cloudy - 81°F. - Humidity 62% - Wind S.E. 7mph Wind Chill 79°F.
  • OFFICALS
    • REFEREE: Dick Jorgensen
    • UMPIRE: Paul Trepinski
    • LINE JUDGE: Dale Hantak
    • HEAD LINESMAN: Dave Hawk
    • BACK JUDGE: Liquori Hagerty
    • FIELD JUDGE: Dick Dolack
    • SIDE JUDGE: Royal Cathcart
    SCORING
    • VIKINGS: 06:17-1Q Miller 1 run (Danmeier kick)
    • VIKINGS: 06:25-2Q Danmeier FG36
    • BUCCANEERS: 02:18-2Q Owens 56 pass from Williams (O'Donoghue kick)
    • VIKINGS: 00:29-2Q White 21 pass from Tarkenton (Danmeier kick)
    • VIKINGS: 14:09-4Q McNeill 16 blocked punt return (Danmeier kick)
    STARTERS OFFENSE
    • WR: #89 J. McKay
    • LT: #75 D. Reavis
    • LG: #78 K. Schumacker
    • C: #79 S. Wilson
    • RG: #64 G. Horton
    • RT: #70 D. Carlton
    • TE: #88 J. Giles
    • WR: #85 M. Owens
    • TE: #86 J. Obradovich
    • QB: #12 D. Williams
    • FB: #35 J. DuBose
    STARTERS DEFENSE
    • LE: #73 C. Hannah
    • RT: #76 D. Pear
    • RE: #63 L. Selmon
    • LOLB: #57 D. Lewis
    • LILB: #61 D. Selmon
    • RILB: #54 R. Wood
    • ROLB: #56 C. Johnson
    • LCB: #45 J. White
    • RCB: #40 M. Washington
    • SS: #33 M. Cotney
    • FS: #25 Jordan
    SUBSTITUTIONS
    • 4 Green, 6 O'Donoghue, 23 Ragsdale, 32 L Carter, 34 Brown, 38 Davis, 42 Bell, 44 Cesare, 46 Reece, 51 Nafziger, 53 Bonness, 55 Brown, 60 Chambers, 67 Moritz, 71 Crowder, 77 Kollar, 80 Franklin, 82 Darby, 87 Mucker
    DID NOT PLAY
    • none.
    INACTIVE
    • 15 Rae, 19 Huff, 65 Johnson, 68 Medlin, 74 Freitas

    INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

    RUSHING
    • BUCCANEERS: DuBose 10-35, Bell 9-31, Carter 1-11, Williams 4-10.
    • VIKINGS: Miller 13-38, Young 15-38, McClanahan 4-19, Kellar 5-16.
    PASSING
    • BUCCANEERS: Williams 35-16-311-3-1.
    • VIKINGS: Tarkenton 31-20-213-1-1.
    RECIEVING
    • BUCCANEERS: Owens 5-132, McKay 3-54, Giles 3-36, Mucker 2-66, Bell 1-11, Carter 1-9, DuBose 1-3.
    • VIKINGS: Rashad 5-60, White 4-49, Miller 4-26, Voight 2-44, Tucker 2-14, Young 2-13, Craig 1-7.
    INTERCEPTIONS
    • BUCCANEERS: White 1-2.
    • VIKINGS: McNeill 1-26, Turner 1-15, Bryant 1-0.
    KICK RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Ragsdale 3-73, Carter 1-12, Mucker 1-3.
    • VIKINGS: Miller 1-38, White 1-17.
    PUNT RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Mucker 2-18, Reece 1-3.
    • VIKINGS: Miller 3-28.
    SACKS
    • BUCCANEERS: Hannah 1-5.
    • VIKINGS: Blair 1-15.

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