Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16 Minnesota Vikings 10 Sunday 17 September 1978 at Metropolitan Stadium
SCORING TB 7:50-1Q O'Donoghue FG42 MIN 1:46-1Q Rashad 4 pass from Tarkenton (Danmeier kick) TB 3:40-2Q Bell 2 run (kick failed) TB 4:26-3Q Owens 5 pass from Williams (O'Donoghue kick) MIN 3:37-4Q Danmeier FG47
This was the game with the most famous botched fieldgoal of all time. The snap went over kicker Neil O'Donoghue's head and after two or three aborted attempts to pick the ball up and even O'Donoghue total miskick at one point, the Bucs managed to lose 80 yards on a single play.   But Billy Cesare's recovery of a muffed punt set up Doug Williams' first NFL TD pass and combined with Lee Roy Selmon's three sacks of Fran Tarkenton (as well as 13 pressures!), the Bucs had their first win of the 1978 season.
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING BUCS: Bell 21-59, DuBose 15-37, Williams 3-(-4), Green 1-0. VIKINGS: Foreman 12-25, Young 7-20, Tarkenton 5-18, Miller 3-5, White 1-5. PASSING BUCS: Williams 19-5-63-0-1. VIKINGS: Tarkenton 31-23-180-2-1, Kramer 6-2-9-1-0. RECEIVING BUCS: Owens 4-42, Giles 1-21. VIKINGS: Foreman 7-33, Young 6-16, White 4-62, Rashad 4-38, Tucker 3-37, Miller 1-3. INTERCEPTIONS BUCS: White 1-31, Jordan 1-22, Johnson 1-0. VIKINGS: none. KICK RETURNS BUCS: Ragsdale 2-43. VIKINGS: Miller 4-93. PUNT RETURNS BUCS: Mucker 2-16, Hagins 1-0. VIKINGS: Miller 6-12. SACKS BUCS: L.Selmon 3-26, Chambers 1-17. VIKINGS: none.
STARTERS OFFENSE DEFENSE LT 75 Reavis DE 73 Hannah LG 78 Schumacher DT 76 Pear C 79 Wilson DE 63 L Selmon RG 68 Medlin LOLB 57 Lewis RT 70 Carlton LILB 61 D Selmon TE 88 Giles RILB 54 Wood WR 87 Mucker ROLB 56 Johnson WR 85 Owens LCB 45 White FB 38 J Davis RCB 40 Washington RB 42 Bell SS 33 Cotney QB 12 Williams FS 25 Jordan PLAYED 4 Green, 6 O'Donoghue, 23 Ragsdale, 32 L Carter, 35 DuBose, 44 Cesare, 51 Nafziger, 53 Bonness, 55 Brown, 60 Chambers, 64 Horton, 67 Moritz, 71 Crowder, 74 Freitas, 77 Kollar, 81 Hagins, 82 Darby, 86 Obradovich, 89 McKay DID NOT PLAY 15 Rae, 19 Huff, 34 Brown, 46 Reece, 65 Johnson
COMMENTARY CREW Jim Thacker and Tom Matte
GAME HIGHLIGHTS Click on the boxes below to view the big plays The legendary botched fieldgoal attempt - the Bucs lost 80 yards on Neil O’Donoghue’s famous blooper Morris Owens had a touchdown reception from Doug Williams Curtis Jordan had one of the three interceptions recorded by the Tampa Bay defense