INDIVIDUAL STATISTICSRUSHINGBUCS: Eckwood 20-121, Bell 13-53, J.Davis 6-26, Williams 2-16, Berns 4-9., Ragsdale 3-4.LIONS: King 10-53, Bussey 9-28, Robinson 5-27, Scott 1-18, Callicutt 1-10, Kane 2-5, Gaines 2-3, Komlo 2-(-2). PASSINGBUCS: Williams 16-4-99-0-2, Rae 4-1-12-0-0.LIONS: Reed 15-8-61-0-1, Komlo 21-5-45-0-0.RECEIVINGBUCS: Giles 3-97, Berns 1-12, Obradovich 1-2.LIONS: Hill 5-48, King 4-23, Scott 1-16, Callicutt 1-11, Blue 1-6, Bussey 1-2.INTERCEPTIONSBUCS: none.LIONS: none. KICK RETURNSBUCS: Ragsdale 1-19, T.Davis 1-16.OPPONENTS: Leonard 3-70, Thompson 2-81, Callicut 2-23. PUNT RETURNSBUCS: Reece 8-42.OPPONENTS: Thompson 2-27, Leonard 1-7.SACKSBUCS: Kollar 1-9, Lewis 1-8.OPPONENTS: English 1-5, Gay 1-1.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31 Detroit Lions 16Sunday 2 September 1979 at Tampa Stadium
SCORINGTB13:55-1Q O'Donoghue FG31TB4:30-1Q L Selmon 29 fumble return (O'Donoghue kick)DET9:23-2Q Hill 11 pass from Reed (Ricardo kick)TB4:41-2Q Bell 7 run (O'Donoghue kick)TB1:58-2Q Giles 66 pass from Williams (O'Donoghue kick)TB14:56-4Q Obradovich 2 pass from Williams (O'Donoghue kick)DET4:39-4Q Kane 3 run (Ricardo kick)DET1:03-4Q Safety - Rae sacked by English in the endzone
GAME HIGHLIGHTS Click on the boxes below to watch the clipDoug Williams’ famous touchdown pass to Jim Obradovich whilst on the seat of his pantsEarlier Doug hooked up with Jimmie Giles on a 66-yard touchdown passLee Roy Selmon scored the first Buccaneer touchdown of the year on a fumble return
The Bucs opened their magical 1979 season with an easy win over the Lions. Doug Williams only completed four passes but hit Jimmie Giles for his longest TD pass of the season. He also connected on another to Jim Obradovich from the seat of his pants after he had tripped backwards dropping back from center.