Rutgers alums have big day
For weeks, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had been working on a trick play to be used in a goal-line situation and they sprung it on the unprepared Seahawks late in the opening half Sunday. The finish was disappointing, but Sunday's 27-24 overtime setback was gratifying for some of the Buccaneers who played for Schiano at Rutgers.
Wright and wide receiver Tiquan Underwood each caught a second-quarter scoring pass from Glennon, and running back Brian Leonard displayed his versatility while accounting for 68 yards of total offense in a reserve role. Wright grabbed a 12-yard touchdown toss to cap a 90-yard drive that put Tampa Bay ahead 7-0. The rookie from Rutgers caught all four of the passes Glennon targeted him with, for 58 yards.
“In the first half today, we showed what this football team can do,'' Wright said. “We took a step forward in my opinion. Mike Glennon plays well above his classification and he should be proud of what he did against a team as good as Seattle. ... He makes everyone around him play hard.''
Underwood's 20-yard touchdown reception gave the Bucs a 14-0 advantage, ending another long march. “Mike showed poise the entire game and as an offense, we feed off of that,'' Underwood said. “To see Mike grow from the offseason to now has been amazing. He's a testament that you get rewarded for all that hard work.''
Leonard's 20 yards on five carries contributed to Tampa Bay's 205-yard rushing game and he added four catches for 48 yards as Glennon posted a glittering passer rating of 123.1.