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Sunday, October 23, 1988 - Home Game

LOSS - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20 Minnesota Vikings 49

The Buccaneers scored their first first-quarter points of the season en route to an early 10–7 lead, before Vinny Testaverde's six interceptions led to a 49–20 Vikings victory. The six interceptions set a Vikings club record. The Buccaneers committed a total of seven turnovers, all of which led to Vikings touchdowns.

Some players were angered over printed comments that several Vikings players considered the Buccaneers to be a mediocre team, and so had taken them lightly on their first meeting.

The interceptions gave Testaverde 22 for the season, putting him on pace to break George Blanda's NFL record of 42. The performance came one week after Testaverde's 469-yard game against Indianapolis, which had led him to speak of "turning the corner" in his pro career.

GAMEDAY BRIEF

  • WEATHER: Sunny/Clear - 78°F. - Humidity 53% - Wind N.W. 5-8mph Wind Chill 77°F.
  • OFFICALS
    • REFEREE: Dick Jorgensen
    • UMPIRE: Ron Botchan
    • LINE JUDGE: Dale Orem
    • SIDE JUDGE: Larry Nemmers
    • HEAD LINESMAN: Ron Phares
    • BACK JUDGE: Jim Poole
    • FIELD JUDGE: Donnie Hampton
    • REPLAY OFFICIAL: Bill Swanson
    SCORING
    • BUCCANEERS: 10:46-1Q Igwebuike FG18
    • VIKINGS: 06:31-1Q Jordan 4 pass from Wilson (Nelson kick)
    • VIKINGS: 02:37-1Q Hill 8 pass from Testaverde (Igwebuike kick)
    • VIKINGS: 11:33-2Q Fenney 1 run (Nelson kick)
    • VIKINGS: 11:09-2Q Carter 26 pass from Wilson (Nelson kick)
    • VIKINGS: 00:23-2Q Jordan 4 pass from Wilson (Nelson kick)
    • VIKINGS: 06:34-3Q Igwebuike FG32
    • VIKINGS: 00:52-3Q Edwards 37 interception return (Nelson kick)
    • VIKINGS: 11:24-4Q Rice 4 run (Nelson kick)
    • VIKINGS: 09:43-4Q Tate 1 run (Igwebuike kick)
    • VIKINGS: 03:58-4Q Dozier 2 run (Nelson kick)
    STARTERS OFFENSE
    • WR: #88 M. Carrier
    • LT: #74 P. Gruber
    • LB: #68 R. Mallory
    • C: #60 R. Grimes
    • RG: #69 J. Bruhin
    • RT: #72 R. Taylor
    • TE: #82 R. Hall
    • WR: #84 B. Hill
    • QB: #14 V. Testaverde
    • FB: #43 W. Howard
    • RB: #47 D. Smith
    STARTERS DEFENSE
    • LE: #79 R. Davis
    • NT: #95 C. Jarvis
    • RE: #90 R. Holmes
    • LOLB: #59 K. Murphy
    • LILB: #99. E. Marve
    • RILB: #53 S. Coleman
    • ROLB: #57 W. Moss
    • LC: #29 R. Reynolds
    • RC: #36 B. Futrell
    • SS: #20 O. Harris
    • FS: #39 H. Hamilton
    SUBSTITUTIONS
    • 1 Igwebuike, 13 Criswell, 22 R Jones, 27 Goode, 34 Tate, 35 J Smith, 40 Elder, 51 Washington, 52 V Jones, 55 Rolling, 56 Walker, 64 Thomas, 70 Swayne, 71 Cooper, 73 McHale, 78 Cannon, 80 Pillow, 85 Taylor, 86 Magee, 94 Goff
    DID NOT PLAY
    • 12 Ferguson, 30 Robinson, 83 Clinkscales
    INACTIVE
    • 32 Wilder, 97 Lee

    INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

    RUSHING
    • BUCCANEERS: Howard 5-18, D.Smith 6-9, Tate 3-3, Goode 2-(-2).
    • VIKINGS: Fenney 7-37, Dozier 10-34, Wilson 5-23, Rice 7-15, Anderson 4-10, Nelson 8-10, Gannon 1-(-1).
    PASSING
    • BUCCANEERS: Testaverde 45-19-223-6-1.
    • VIKINGS: Wilson 30-22-335-0-3.
    RECIEVING
    • BUCCANEERS: Hill 6-84, Carrier 5-61, Pillow 4-41, Taylor 3-37, Goode 1-0.
    • VIKINGS: Carter 6-123, Jordan 6-79, Jones 4-77, Fenney 2-26, Nelson 2-12, Mularkey 1-12, Anderson 1-6.
    INTERCEPTIONS
    • BUCCANEERS: none.
    • VIKINGS: Browner 2-18, Edwards 1-37, Holt 1-15, Henderson 1-13, Lee 1-0.
    KICK RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Elder 4-110, D.Smith 2-41, J.Smith 1-23.
    • VIKINGS: Nelson 4-94.
    PUNT RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Futrell 2-66.
    • VIKINGS: Lewis 3-35.
    SACKS
    • BUCCANEERS: Holmes 2-12, Rolling 1-12, Davis 0.5-3, Marve 0.5-3.
    • VIKINGS: Team 1-8.

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