Tampa Bay Buccaneers 21 Minnesota Vikings 13
Saturday 5 September 1981 at Tampa Stadium
TB5:32-1Q House 55 pass from Williams (Yepremian kick)
MIN10:41-3Q Danmeier FG45
MIN0:33-3Q Danmeier FG25
TB13:17-4Q Williams 10 run (Yepremian kick)
MIN2:29-4Q Senser 4 pass from Dils (Danmeier kick)
TB0:21-4Q Colzie 82 interception return (Yepremian kick)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING
BUCS: Eckwood 6-36, R.Bell 11-35, Williams 3-26, Wilder 8-14.
VIKINGS: Brown 20-79, Dils 4-14, Young 2-7, Redwine 1-0.
PASSING
BUCS: Williams 22-8-108-0-1.
VIKINGS: Dils 62-37-361-1-1, Brown 1-0-0-1-0.
RECEIVING
BUCS: House 3-74, Wilder 2-(-3), Giles 1-20, R.Bell 1-11, Jones 1-6.
VIKINGS: Brown 12-77, White 8-92, Young 7-47, Senser 5-60, LeCount 2-38, Rashad 2-30, Harrell 1-17.
INTERCEPTIONS
BUCS: Colzie 2-89.
VIKINGS: none.
KICK RETURNS
BUCS: G.Davis 2-38, Obradovich 1-14, Brantley 1-0.
OPPONENTS: Payton 3-70, Nord 1-22.
PUNT RETURNS
BUCS: T.Bell 1-8.
OPPONENTS: Payton 6-59.
SACKS
BUCS: Selmon 1.5-13, Logan 0.5-5.
OPPONENTS: none.
GAME REPORTS AND COMMENTS
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Click here for more on Neal Colzie's big play
Neal Colzie ensured the Bucs won their season opener for the third straight season when he intercepted Steve Dils and returned it 82 yards for a TD with 21 seconds remaining.

The Vikings had reached 3rd & 4 from the Tampa 26 prior to Colzie's score, well within Rick Danmeier's fieldgoal range. The Bucs were outgained 443-219 in total yardage, but four turnovers proved decisive.
OFFENSEDEFENSE
LT72 Snell LDE77 Kollar
LG68 Yarno NT76 Logan
C50 Wilson RDE63 Selmon
RG61 Roberts LOLB57 Lewis
RT74 Sanders LILB56 Johnson
WR89 House RILB54 Wood
WR84 Jones ROLB53 Green
TE88 Giles LCB41 Thomas
FB32 Wilder SS20 Colzie
RB42 R Bell FS40 Washington
QB12 Williams RCB21 Holt
SUBSTITUTIONS
1 Yepremian, 16 Blanchard, 26 Owens, 27 T Davis, 28 G Davis, 34 Brown, 43 Eckwood, 44 Cesare, 45 Mitchell, 51 Nafziger, 52 Brantley, 59 Hawkins, 62 Leonard, 65 Stalls, 70 Hutchinson, 83 Bell, 86 Obradovich, 87 Carter, 90 White
DID NOT PLAY
10 Ford, 14 Fusina, 73 Hannah, 75 Reavis
INACTIVE