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Sunday December 4, 1988 - Home Game

WON - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10 Buffalo Bills 05

Vinny Testaverde's only turnover-free game of the season helped the Buccaneers to upset the Buffalo Bills, who entered the game with the AFC's best record, and whose only previous defeats had come against division leaders Chicago and Cincinnati.

Testaverde scored the game's only touchdown on a 4-yard run, while John Carney contributed a 39-yard field goal.

Perkins later praised Testaverde's performance as "one of the greatest games I've ever seen a quarterback play".

Jim Kelly was the victim of several dropped passes, and threw an interception in the final minute. Bruce Smith sacked Testaverde for a safety. The Bills committed 12 penalties for 100 yards. To the delight of 49,498 BuccaneersFans in attendance it was the first time since 1984 that Tampa Bay won a game against a team with a winning record.

GAMEDAY BRIEF

  • WEATHER: Sunny - 72°F. - Humidity 57% - Wind N. 10mph Wind Chill 71°F.
  • OFFICALS
    • REFEREE: Jerry Markbreit
    • UMPIRE: Bob Wagner
    • LINE JUDGE: Bob Beeks
    • SIDE JUDGE: Bill Quinby
    • HEAD LINESMAN: Terry Gierke
    • BACK JUDGE: Doug Toole
    • FIELD JUDGE: Bill Stanley
    • REPLAY OFFICIAL: Bill Stanley
    SCORING
    • BUCCANEERS: 08:37-2Q Carney FG29
    • BUCCANEERS: 01:41-2Q Testaverde 4 run (Carney kick)
    • BILLS: 11:00-3Q Safety - Testaverde sacked by Smith in the endzone
    • BILLS: 12:33-4Q Norwood FG30
    STARTERS OFFENSE
    • WR: #88 M. Carrier
    • LT: #74 P. Gruber
    • LG: #68 R. Mallory
    • C: #60 R. Grimes
    • RG: #50 D. Turk
    • RT: #72 R. Taylor
    • TE: #82 R. Hall
    • WR: #47 D. Smith
    • QB: #14 V. Testaverde
    • FB: #43 W. Howard
    • TE: #85 J. Parks
    STARTERS DEFENSE
    • LE: #79 R. Davis
    • NT: #95 C. Jarvis
    • RE: #94 R. Goff
    • LOLB: #59 K. Murphy
    • LILB: #99 E. Marve
    • RILB: #54 E. Randle
    • ROLB: #51 C. Washington
    • LCB: #29 R. Reynolds
    • RCB: #36 B. Futrell
    • SS: #30 M. Robinson
    • FS: #39 H. Hamilton
    SUBSTITUTIONS
    • 4 Carney, 13 Criswell, 20 Harris. 22 R Jones, 27 Goode, 34 Tate, 35 J Smith, 40 Elder, 52 V Jones, 53 Coleman, 55 Rolling, 56 Walker, 58 Moss, 64 Thomas, 69 Bruhin, 71 Cooper, 73 McHale, 75 Kellin, 78 Cannon, 80 Pillow, 89 Richardson, 97 Lee
    DID NOT PLAY
    • 12 Ferguson
    INACTIVE
    • 21 Wright, 84 Hill

    INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

    RUSHING
    • BUCCANEERS: Howard 16-50, J.Smith 1-23, D.Smith 1-15, Goode 9-15, Testaverde 5-8, Tate 3-(-1).
    • BILLS: Mueller 3-16, Riddick 8-16, Harmon 1-6, Thomas 7-1.
    PASSING
    • BUCCANEERS: Testaverde 29-12-156-0-0.
    • BILLS: Kelly 40-23-249-2-0.
    RECIEVING
    • BUCCANEERS: Hall 3-32, D.Smith 3-17, Carrier 2-42, Howard 2-26, Parks 1-22, J.Smith 1-17.
    • BILLS: Riddick 6-53, T.Johnson 4-63, Burkett 4-62, Metzelaars 4-35, Reed 2-12, Thomas 1-11, F.Johnson 1-8, Harmon 1-5.
    INTERCEPTIONS
    • BUCCANEERS: Robinson 1-28, Reynolds 1-0.
    • BILLS: none.
    KICK RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: J.Smith 1-26, Elder 1-13.
    • BILLS: F.Johnson 2-22, Harmon 1-8, Byrum 1-0.
    PUNT RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Futrell 4-45.
    • BILLS: F.Johnson 2-14.
    SACKS
    • BUCCANEERS: Davis 1-9, Goff 1-6.
    • BILLS: Still 1-8, Smith 1-5.

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