INDIVIDUAL STATISTICSRUSHINGBUCS: 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).PASSINGBUCS: Williams 20-5-101-1-2.RAMS: Haden 27-13-64-0-0, Ferragamo 8-4-33-1-0.RECEIVINGBUCS: 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).INTERCEPTIONSBUCS: White 1-39.RAMS: Jim Youngblood 1-31.KICK RETURNSBUCS: Ragsdale 2-55.RAMS: Hill 4-107.PUNT RETURNSBUCS: Reece 5-39, T.Davis 1-7.RAMS: Browne 7-29.SACKSBUCS: L.Selmon 2-21.RAMS: none.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 21 Los Angeles Rams 6Sunday 23 September 1979 at Tampa Stadium
SCORINGLA4:11-1Q Jim Youngblood 31 interception return (kick failed)TB14:13-2Q Mucker 15 pass from Williams (O'Donoghue kick)TB6:32-2Q Bell 5 run (O'Donoghue kick)TB0:33-2Q Giles 29 pass from Williams (O'Donoghue kick)
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 clipLarry Mucker had the first Buccaneer touchdown on a 15-yard pass from Doug WilliamsRicky Bell put the Bucs ahead for good with a 5-yard runLate in the first half, Doug Williams and Jimmie Giles hooked up to extend the Tampa Bay lead.