Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16 Minnesota Vikings 10
Sunday 17 September 1978 at Metropolitan Stadium
TB7:50-1Q O'Donoghue FG42
MIN1:46-1Q Rashad 4 pass from Tarkenton (Danmeier kick)
TB3:40-2Q Bell 2 run (kick failed)
TB4:26-3Q Owens 5 pass from Williams (O'Donoghue kick)
MIN3:37-4Q Danmeier FG47

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.
OPPONENTS: Miller 4-93.
PUNT RETURNS
BUCS: Mucker 2-16, Hagins 1-0.
OPPONENTS: Miller 6-12.
SACKS
BUCS: L.Selmon 3-26, Chambers 1-17.
OPPONENTS: none.
GAME REPORTS AND COMMENTS
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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.
OFFENSEDEFENSE
LT75 Reavis LDE73 Hannah
LG78 Schumacher DT76 Pear
C79 Wilson RDE63 L Selmon
RG68 Medlin LOLB57 Lewis
RT70 Carlton LILB61 D Selmon
TE88 Giles RILB54 Wood
WR87 Mucker ROLB56 Johnson
WR85 Owens LCB45 White
FB38 Davis SS33 Cotney
RB42 Bell FS25 Jordan
QB12 Williams RCB40 Washington
SUBSTITUTIONS
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
INACTIVE