Despite being outgained 456-218 in total yardage, the Bucs somehow had a 17-16 lead entering the fourth quarter but then a pair of penalties pinned the Bucs deep in their own territory and Monty Hunter' interception return for a score put Dallas ahead to stay. The Cowboys ran almost double the number of plays against a weakened Buc defense missing defensive secondary starters Mike Washington and Cedric Brown through injury. The Tampa defense played heroically in the first half after their offense had not mustered a single first down in its first five possessions. Hugh Green returned a Danny White fumble for a touchdown that he snatched out of midair, and Mark Cotney returned an interception deep into Dallas territory for a Bill Capece fieldgoal.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17 Dallas Cowboys 30Sunday 9 January 1983 at Texas Stadium
SCORINGDAL 5:08-1Q Septien FG33DAL 2:14-1Q Septien FG33TB 9:59-2Q Green 60 fumble return (Capece kick)TB 4:14-2Q Capece FG32DAL 0:33-2Q Springs 6 pass from White (Septien kick)DAL 6:49-3Q Septien FG19TB 1:16-3Q Jones 49 pass from Williams (Capece kick)DAL 13:21-4Q Hunter 19 interception return (Septien kick)DAL 3:33-4Q Newsome 10 pass from White (Septien kick)
GAME HIGHLIGHTS Click on the boxes below to watch the clipHugh Green’s remarkable fumble return touchdown where he takes the ball out of mid-airMark Cotney’s interception and 50-yard return set up a second quarter fieldgoalGordon Jones broke away from two Dallas defenders to give the Bucs a 17-16 lead