Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14 Miami Dolphins 17 Sunday 30 October 1988 at Tampa Stadium
SCORING MIA 7:39-3Q Clayton 5 pass from Marino (Franklin kick) MIA 5:08-3Q Clayton 8 pass from Marino (Franklin kick) MIA 3:21-3Q Franklin FG31 TB 10:42-4Q Tate 5 pass from Ferguson (Igwebuike kick) TB 5:57-4Q Hill 27 pass from Ferguson (Igwebuike kick)
Joe Ferguson replaced the "injured" Vinny Testaverde, everyone realising that the Bucs' No.1 pick was being benched for a week following his recent poor games. Ferguson led the Bucs on two fourth quarter TD drives to narrow a 17-0 Dolphin lead, but Tampa could get no closer than the Miami 39-yard line on a final drive. Both Miami TDs were set up by Tampa fumbles inside their own half, one by Lars Tate and the other by William Howard.
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING BUCS: Howard 9-32, Tate 7-22, Wilder 5-14, D.Smith 3-7, Goode 2-4, Ferguson 1-0. DOLPHINS: Hampton 13-23, Bennett 5-21, Stradford 2-3, Marino 3-(-4). PASSING BUCS: Ferguson 36-26-291-1-2. DOLPHINS: Marino 46-27-266-0-2. RECEIVING BUCS: Carrier 9-142, Hill 4-61, Magee 3-19, Tate 3-16, Hall 2-23, Howard 2-6, Pillow 1-12, D.Smith 1-8, J.Smith 1-4. DOLPHINS: Clayton 7-80, Edmunds 4-53, Duper 4-52, Hampton 4-19, Jensen 2-25, Banks 2-18, Davenport 2-13, Stradford 2-6. INTERCEPTIONS BUCS: none. DOLPHINS: Graf 1-14. KICK RETURNS BUCS: Elder 2-38, D.Smith 1-16, J.Smith 1-16. DOLPHINS: Cribbs 3-73. PUNT RETURNS BUCS: Futrell 4-30. DOLPHINS: Schwedes 2-2. SACKS BUCS: none. DOLPHINS: Cline 1-8.
STARTERS OFFENSE DEFENSE LT 74 Gruber DE 79 Davis LG 68 Mallory DT 95 Jarvis C 60 Grimes DE 94 Goff RG 69 Bruhin LOLB 59 Murphy RT 72 Taylor LILB 99 Marve TE 82 Hall RILB 53 Coleman WR 84 Hill ROLB 58 Moss WR 88 Carrier LCB 29 Reynolds TE 86 Magee RCB 36 Futrell RB 32 Wilder SS 20 Harris QB 12 Ferguson FS 39 Hamilton PLAYED 1 Igwebuike, 13 Criswell, 22 R Jones, 27 Goode, 28 Brown, 34 Tate, 35 J Smith, 40 Elder, 43 Howard, 47 D Smith, 51 Washington, 52 V Jones, 55 Rolling, 56 Walker, 64 Thomas, 70 Swayne, 71 Cooper, 73 McHale, 78 Cannon, 80 Pillow, 85 Taylor, 97 Lee DID NOT PLAY 14 Testaverde INACTIVE 83 Clinkscales, 90 Holmes
COMMENTARY CREW Charlie Jones and Jimmy Cefalo
GAME HIGHLIGHTS           Click on the boxes below to watch the clip Lars Tate’s reception began the fourth quarter comeback bid Then Joe Ferguson found Bruce Hill to bring the Bucs to within three It came down to a 4th down play for the Buccaneers to stay alive