INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING BUCS: Bell 18-69, Eckwood 22-59, J.Davis 3-16, Williams 2-4. RAMS: Peacock 6-47, Tyler 7-43, Bryant 4-15, McCutcheon 8-9, Haden 1-6, Nelson 1-(-10). PASSING BUCS: Williams 20-5-101-1-2. RAMS: Haden 27-13-64-0-0, Ferragamo 8-4-33-1-0. RECEIVING BUCS: Giles 1-29, Owens 1-28, Eckwood 1-25, Mucker 1-15, Hagins 1-4. RAMS: McCutcheon 5-9, Bryant 4-20, Young 2-28, Dennard 2-20, Peacock 2-14, Tyler 1-7, Hill 1-(-1). INTERCEPTIONS BUCS: White 1-39. RAMS: Jim Youngblood 1-31. KICK RETURNS BUCS: Ragsdale 2-55. RAMS: Hill 4-107. PUNT RETURNS BUCS: Reece 5-39, T.Davis 1-7. RAMS: Browne 7-29. SACKS BUCS: L.Selmon 2-21. RAMS: none.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 21 Los Angeles Rams 6 Sunday 23 September 1979 at Tampa Stadium
SCORING LA 4:11-1Q Jim Youngblood 31 interception return (kick failed) TB 14:13-2Q Mucker 15 pass from Williams (O'Donoghue kick) TB 6:32-2Q Bell 5 run (O'Donoghue kick) TB 0:33-2Q Giles 29 pass from Williams (O'Donoghue kick)
STARTERS OFFENSE DEFENSE LT 75 Reavis LDE 60 Chambers LG 64 Horton NT 77 Kollar C 50 Wilson RDE 63 Selmon RG 61 Roberts LOLB 57 Lewis RT 73 Hannah LILB 58 Selmon WR 85 Owens RILB 54 Wood WR 81 Hagins ROLB 56 Johnson TE 88 Giles LCB 45 White FB 43 Eckwood SS 33 Cotney RB 42 Bell   FS 34 Brown QB 12 Williams RCB 40 Washington SUBSTITUTIONS 6 O'Donoghue, 15 Rae, 16 Blanchard, 23 Ragsdale, 25 Jordan, 27 T Davis, 36 Berns, 38 J Davis, 44 Cesare, 46 Reece, 51 Nafziger, 53 Bonness, 55 Brown, 66 Yarno, 69 Austin, 70 Carlton, 71 Crowder, 74 Sanders, 84 Jones, 86 Obradovich, 87 Mucker DID NOT PLAY 14 Fusina, 79 Lewis
COMMENTARY CREW Vin Scully and George Allen
The Bucs made it four wins in a row to start the 1979 defense by shutting down the Ram offense. Not once in the second half could they cross midfield, and they only scored on Jim Youngblood's interception return early in the game.  Doug Williams only completed five passes but two of them were for TDs in the second quarter, the first being set up by Bill Kollar's fumble recovery.
GAME HIGHLIGHTS        Click on the boxes below to watch the clip Larry Mucker had the first Buccaneer touchdown on a 15-yard pass from Doug Williams Ricky Bell put the Bucs ahead for good with a 5-yard run Late in the first half, Doug Williams and Jimmie Giles hooked up to extend the Tampa Bay lead.