INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING BUCS: Bell 28-101, J.Davis 8-43, Williams 6-39. VIKINGS: Brown 12-52, Young 10-45, White 1-6, McClanahan 1-4, Miller 2-2, Kramer 3-(-1). PASSING BUCS: Williams 38-19-242-0-0. VIKINGS: Kramer 26-15-158-0-3. RECEIVING BUCS: Owens 4-66, Bell 4-43, Mucker 3-48, Hagins 3-37, Giles 1- 28, Obradovich 2-24, J.Davis 1-3, Eckwood 1-(-7). VIKINGS: Rashad 6-93, Brown 4-13, Tucker 2-17, Young 2-9, LeCount 1-26. INTERCEPTIONS BUCS: none. VIKINGS: none. KICK RETURNS BUCS: Ragsdale 5-113. VIKINGS: Edwards 3-132. PUNT RETURNS BUCS: Reece 2-2. VIKINGS: Edwards 3-8. SACKS BUCS: none. VIKINGS: none.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 22 Minnesota Vikings 23 Sunday 25 November 1979 at Tampa Stadium
SCORING TB 9:39-1Q Bell 2 run (kick blocked) TB 13:23-2Q O'Donoghue FG20 MIN 1:48-2Q LeCount 26 pass from Kramer (Danmeier kick) MIN 0:20-2Q Rashad 32 pass from Kramer (Danmeier kick) MIN 13:45-3Q Danmeier FG44 TB 9:03-3Q Davis 16 run (O'Donoghue kick) MIN 3:12-3Q Young 3 pass from Kramer (kick failed) TB 0:19-4Q Williams 13 run (kick blocked)
STARTERS OFFENSE DEFENSE LT 75 Reavis LDE 60 Chambers LG 64 Horton NT 71 Crowder C 50 Wilson RDE 63 Selmon RG 61 Roberts LOLB 57 Lewis RT 73 Hannah LILB 58 Selmon WR 81 Hagins RILB 54 Wood WR 85 Owens ROLB 56 Johnson TE 88 Giles LCB 45 White TE 86 Obradovich SS 33 Cotney RB 42 Bell FS 34 Brown QB 12 Williams RCB 40 Washington SUBSTITUTIONS 6 O'Donoghue, 16 Blanchard, 23 Ragsdale, 25 Jordan, 27 T Davis, 36 Berns, 38 J Davis, 43 Eckwood, 44 Cesare, 46 Reece, 51 Nafziger, 53 Bonness, 66 Yarno, 69 Austin, 70 Carlton, 74 Sanders, 76 Logan, 77 Kollar, 79 Lewis, 84 Jones, 87 Mucker DID NOT PLAY 14 Fusina, 15 Rae
COMMENTARY CREW Vin Scully and John Madden
With a chance to clinch a playoff berth, the old Bucs returned to haunt the 1979 version as they managed to miss three short kicks including two extra points, and a punt, in losing by a single point to division rival Minnesota. The Bucs gained 425 yards in offense, their most ever, and Ricky Bell went over the 1,000-yard rushing mark but it was all to no avail.
GAME HIGHLIGHTS        Click on the boxes below to watch the clip Once more this season Ricky Bell opened the scoring with a touchdown run Johnny Davis added his own score in the third quarter Doug Williams thought he had taken the game to overtime until another blocked kick ruined the result