Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31   Buffalo Bills 10 Sunday 19 November 1978 at Tampa Stadium
SCORING TB 9:24-1Q Bell 12 run (O'Donoghue kick) TB 5:59-2Q O'Donoghue FG28 TB 9:00-3Q Owens 22 pass from Rae (O'Donoghue kick) BUF 3:47-3Q Dempsey FG37 TB 12:47-4Q Giles 33 pass from Rae (O'Donoghue kick) TB 4:44-4Q Davis 3 run (O'Donoghue kick) BUF 2:43-4Q Chandler 9 pass from Munson (Dempsey kick)
In the five years Doug Williams played in Tampa, this was the only time the Bucs won without him.   He was out injured and Ricky Bell joined him on the sideline with a season-ending knee injury in the second quarter. A decade later, Buffalo starting QB Joe Ferguson joined the Bucs.
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING BUCS: Davis 18-73, Bell 8-54, Carter 8-34, White 4-23, Rae 5-11, Ragsdale 3-10. BILLS: Brown 14-44, Miller 7-20, Hooks 3-12, Johnson 2-3. PASSING BUCS: Rae 14-7-121-1-2. BILLS: Ferguson 16-6-47-2-0, Munson 22-12-112-2-1. RECEIVING BUCS: Owens 3-50, Mucker 2-29, Giles 1-33, Carter 1-9. BILLS: Chandler 6-60, Gant 4-39, Hooks 2-20, Brown 2-10, Lewis 1-15, Miller 1-3, Piccone 1-11, Johnson 1-1. INTERCEPTIONS BUCS: Brown 2-24, White 1-23, Cotney 1-0. BILLS: Clark 1-0. KICK RETURNS BUCS: Ragsdale 2-64. BILLS:  Moody 3-46, Johnson 1-41. PUNT RETURNS BUCS: Reece 4-28. BILLS:  Piccone 1-12, Moody 1-4. SACKS BUCS: Harris 1-10, L.Selmon 1-9, Chambers 1-8. BILLS: Sanford 1-8, Kadish 0.5-3, Hardison 0.5-3
STARTERS OFFENSE DEFENSE LT 75 Reavis DE 73 Hannah LG 64 Horton DT 76 Pear C 79 Wilson DE 63 L Selmon RG 68 Medlin LOLB 57 Lewis RT 72 Puetz LILB 61 D Selmon TE 86 Obradovich RILB 54 Wood WR 85 Owens ROLB 51 Nafziger WR 89 McKay LCB 45 White FB 38 J Davis RCB 40 Washington RB 42 Bell SS 33 Cotney QB 15 Rae FS 34 Brown PLAYED 4 Green, 6 O'Donoghue, 23 Ragsdale, 25 Jordan, 28 White, 32 L Carter, 44 Cesare, 46 Reece, 52 Harris, 53 Bonness, 55 Brown, 60 Chambers , 71 Crowder, 74 Freitas, 77 Kollar, 83 Grant, 87 Mucker, 88 Giles DID NOT PLAY 19 Huff, 56 Johnson, 65 Johnson, 70 Carlton INACTIVES 12 Williams
COMMENTARY CREW Unknown
GAME HIGHLIGHTS Click on the boxes below to view the big plays As this was an NBC game, full game coverage has not become available - but I do have NFL Films’ highlight package