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Sunday, November 25, 1979 - Home Game

LOSS - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 22 Minnesota Vikings 23

***HISTORIC MARKER*** This was the first game that Pat Summerall and John Madden announced together.

In a game that would have clinched the Buccaneers' first playoff berth, coach McKay instead wound up being booed after a one-point loss in which three kick attempts were blocked.

A touchdown drive by Doug Williams in which he ran the ball into the end zone with 19 seconds remaining turned out to be futile, as Wally Hilgenberg's blocked extra point left the Buccaneers one point short of tying the game.

Various special teams miscues erased a good offensive day, in which Williams went 19 of 38 for 252 yards (including 5 of 7 for 52 yards and 25 yards rushing on the final drive), and Ricky Bell's 101 yards rushing put him over 1,000 for the season. The Buccaneers' 182 yards team rushing moved them into first place overall in the NFC.

McKay had to issue a public apology after shouting an obscenity at the end zone stands, saying later that he was angry over racist statements being made from that direction.

GAMEDAY BRIEF

  • WEATHER: Partly Cloudy - 82°F. - Humidity 78% - Wind S.E. 15-20mph Wind Chill 79°F.
  • OFFICALS
    • REFEREE: Chuck Heberling
    • UMPIRE: Ed Fiffick
    • LINE JUDGE: Bruce Alford
    • HEAD LINESMAN: Ray Dodez
    • BACK JUDGE: Paul Baetz
    • FIELD JUDGE: Bill Stanley
    • SIDE JUDGE: Dave Parry
    SCORING
    • BUCCANEERS: 09:39-1Q Bell 2 run (kick blocked)
    • BUCCANEERS: 13:23-2Q O'Donoghue FG20
    • VIKINGS: 01:48-2Q LeCount 26 pass from Kramer (Danmeier kick)
    • VIKINGS: 00:20-2Q Rashad 32 pass from Kramer (Danmeier kick)
    • VIKINGS: 13:45-3Q Danmeier FG44
    • BUCCANEERS: 09:03-3Q Davis 16 run (O'Donoghue kick)
    • VIKINGS: 03:12-3Q Young 3 pass from Kramer (kick failed)
    • BUCCANEERS: 00:19-4Q Williams 13 run (kick blocked)
    STARTERS OFFENSE
    • WR: #81 I. Hagins
    • LT: #75 D. Reavis
    • LG: #64 G. Horton
    • C: #50 S. Wilson
    • RG: #61 G. Roberts
    • RT: #73 C. Hannah
    • TE: #88 J. Giles
    • WR: #87 L. Mucker
    • TE: #86 J. Obradovich
    • QB: #12 D. Williams
    • RB: #42 R. Bell
    STARTERS DEFENSE
    • LE: #60 W. Chambers
    • NT: #71 R. Crowder
    • RE: #63 L. Selmon
    • LOLB: #57 D. Lewis
    • LILB: #58 D. Selmon
    • RILB: #54 R. Wood
    • ROLB: #56 C. Johnson
    • LCB: #45 J. White
    • RCB: #40 M. Washington
    • SS: #33 M. Cotney
    • FS: #34 C. Brown
    SUBSTITUTIONS
    • 6 O'Donoghue, 16 Blanchard, 23 Ragsdale, 25 Jordan, 27 T Davis, 36 Berns, 38 J Davis, 43 Eckwood, 44 Cesare, 46 Reece, 51 Nafziger, 53 Bonness, 66 Yarno, 69 Austin, 70 Carlton, 74 Sanders, 76 Logan, 77 Kollar, 79 Lewis, 84 Jones, 87 Mucker
    DID NOT PLAY
    • 14 Fusina, 15 Rae
    INACTIVE
    • none.

    INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

    RUSHING
    • BUCCANEERS: Bell 28-101, J.Davis 8-43, Williams 6-39.
    • VIKINGS: Brown 12-52, Young 10-45, White 1-6, McClanahan 1-4, Miller 2-2, Kramer 3-(-1).
    PASSING
    • BUCCANEERS: Williams 38-19-242-0-0.
    • VIKINGS: Kramer 26-15-158-0-3.
    RECIEVING
    • BUCCANEERS: Owens 4-66, Bell 4-43, Mucker 3-48, Hagins 3-37, Giles 1-28, Obradovich 2-24, J.Davis 1-3, Eckwood 1-(-7).
    • VIKINGS: Rashad 6-93, Brown 4-13, Tucker 2-17, Young 2-9, LeCount 1-26.
    INTERCEPTIONS
    • BUCCANEERS: none.
    • VIKINGS: none.
    KICK RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Ragsdale 5-113.
    • VIKINGS: Edwards 3-132.
    PUNT RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Reece 2-2.
    • VIKINGS: Edwards 3-8.
    SACKS
    • BUCCANEERS: none.
    • VIKINGS: none.

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