Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23   Los Angeles Rams 26 Sunday 5 November 1978 at the Coliseum
SCORING LA 3:57-1Q Corral FG29 LA 14:50-2Q Cromwell 16 run (Corral kick) TB 9:10-2Q O'Donoghue FG42 LA 0:55-2Q Waddy 68 pass from Haden (Corral kick) TB 0:01-2Q O'Donoghue FG25 TB 13:02-3Q O'Donoghue FG30 LA 4:23-3Q Corral FG27 TB 13:41-4Q Bell 1 run (O'Donoghue kick) LA 8:08-4Q Corral FG32 TB 0:47-4Q McKay 23 pass from Rae (O'Donoghue kick) LA 0:03-4Q Corral FG27
For the second straight week, the Bucs lost to a division leader on a late fieldgoal. They also lost Doug Williams for over a month with a broken jaw after being hit by Fred Dryer who went on to star in that awful TV Cop Show "Hunter" in the 1980s. The Rams' final drive covered 72 yards in three plays in just 41 seconds.
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING BUCS: Bell 21-104, Rae 4-95, Davis 5-12, Carter 2-1, Ragsdale 2- (-1), Mucker 1-(-2). RAMS: Cappelletti 9-48, McCutcheon 14-30, Cromwell 1-16, Bryant 2-10, Haden 2-10, Nelson 1-10, Jodat 1-(-2). PASSING BUCS: Williams 4-1-13-0-0, Rae 17-9-123-3-1, Carter 1-1-66-0-0. RAMS: Haden 27-15-233-0-1. RECEIVING BUCS: Bell 3-10, McKay 2-51, Obradovich 2-31, Giles 2-25, Owens 1-66, Grant 1-19. RAMS: Miller 6-105, Cappelletti 4-12, McCutcheon 3-35, Waddy 1-68, Jessie 1-13. INTERCEPTIONS BUCS: none. RAMS: Cromwell 1-32, Thomas 1-0, Perry 1-0. KICK RETURNS BUCS: Ragsdale 1-25, Carter 1-21, Obradovich 1-14, Giles 1-9. RAMS:  Latin 4-77, Jodat 1-4. PUNT RETURNS BUCS: Reece 6-31, Mucker 1-11. RAMS: Wallace 4-48. SACKS BUCS: Pear 1-7, Kollar 1-3, Bonness 1-3, Hannah 1-1. RAMS: Jones 3-34, Brudzinski 2-14, Jack Youngblood 1-9, Jim Youngblood 1-7, Dryer 1-6.
STARTERS OFFENSE DEFENSE LT 75 Reavis DE 73 Hannah LG 64 Horton DT 76 Pear C 79 Wilson DE 63 L Selmon RG 72 Puetz LOLB 57 Lewis RT 70 Carlton LILB 61 D Selmon TE 86 Obradovich RILB 54 Wood WR 85 Owens ROLB 53 Bonness WR 83 Grant LCB 45 White FB 38 J Davis RCB 40 Washington RB 42 Bell SS 33 Cotney QB 12 Williams FS 34 Brown PLAYED 4 Green, 6 O'Donoghue, 15 Rae, 23 Ragsdale, 25 Jordan, 28 White, 32 L Carter, 44 Cesare, 46 Reece, 55 Brown, 65 Johnson, 68 Medlin, 71 Crowder, 74 Freitas, 77 Kollar, 84 Farmer, 87 Mucker, 88 Giles, 89 McKay DID NOT PLAY 19 Huff, 51 Nafziger, 56 Johnson, 60 Chambers
COMMENTARY CREW Bob Costas and Tom Matte
GAME HIGHLIGHTS Click on the boxes below to view the big plays Ricky Bell had a touchdown run in his old stomping ground of the Coliseum Louis Carter’s 66-yard option pass still remains the longest non-QB pass in franchise history Mike Rae added his own USC connection when he found John McKay Jr for an all-Trojan touchdown