Barth bounces back in big way
Connor Barth, who missed his first two field goals of the season last week against the Saints, went 4-for-4 against the Rams, including nailing a 53-yarder in the third quarter. It was the first time in Barth's career he has made four in one game.

"Those are weird games, when you get opportunities like that," said Barth, who is 10-for-12 this season. "You go from you might kick one in one game and all of a sudden you get four. I'm just happy as hell to bounce back from last week and keep things rolling."

Barth, 24, didn't change his approach, saying he had "good hits" on the two misses last week (which both hit the right upright). But Sunday's performance was a confidence-builder, especially the 53-yarder, his first attempt from more than 50 this season. It was the second-longest field goal of his two-year career; he hit a 54-yarder last season against Miami.

"They actually sent the punt team out first but brought them off because that's definitely within my range," Barth said. "It was just great that I put it through."

He added field goals of 35, 39 and 38 on Sunday. What made the day even better for Barth was that his parents, Tom and Susan, were in the stands. They typically have to split up so one can watch Barth's younger brother, Casey, who is the kicker for the University of North Carolina. But with the Tar Heels playing in Miami on Saturday night, the Barths drove up to Tampa on Sunday.

"My mom needs to always come, because she didn't come last week," Barth said with a grin. "So she needs to keep coming."

About the writer
Stephen F Holder has been writing additional Buccaneer features and daily blog reports on the team for several seasons now for The St.Petersburg Times.