Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24 Detroit Lions 14 Sunday 2 October 1994 at Tampa Stadium
SCORING TB 6:45-1Q Husted FG23 TB 4:48-1Q Turner 80 punt return (Husted kick) TB 14:01-2Q Wilson 35 pass from Erickson (Husted kick) DET 9:11-2Q Mitchell 5 run (Hanson kick) DET 4:36-2Q Moore 5 run (Hanson kick) TB 6:01-3Q Rhett 1 run (Husted kick)
After 18 years of trying, the Bucs finally returned a kick or punt for a touchdown when Vernon Turner took a punt back 80 yards in front of the Bucs' home fans. Errict Rhett's running controlled the clock and Mike McGruder stripping Brett Perriman inside the Buc 10-yard line in the fourth quarter preserved the victory.
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING BUCS: Rhett 20-62, Workman 6-31, Turner 3-15, McDowell 3- 12, Erickson 3-0, Royster 3-(-1). LIONS: Sanders 20-166, Perriman 2-20, Mitchell 1-5, D.Moore 1-5. PASSING BUCS: Erickson 20-10-122-0-1. LIONS: Mitchell 30-13-130-0-0. RECEIVING BUCS: Wilson 4-58, Copeland 1-19, J Harris 1-14, Moore 1-13, Hawkins 1-9, Rhett 1-5, Armstrong 1-4. LIONS: Perriman 7-67, H.Moore 3-44, Sanders 2-10, Holman 1- 9. INTERCEPTIONS BUCS: none. LIONS: none. KICK RETURNS BUCS: Turner 1-19, Culpepper 1-18. LIONS: Gray 4-100. PUNT RETURNS BUCS: Turner 3-92. LIONS: Gray 0-0. SACKS BUCS: Wilson 1-5. LIONS: Swilling 1-7.
STARTERS OFFENSE DEFENSE LT 74 Gruber DE 90 Ahanotu LG 76 Dill DT 71 Dotson C 61 Mayberry DT 73 Culpepper RG 62 Beckles DE 75 Curry RT 78 Irwin LLB 55 Marts TE 81 Harris MLB 93 DuBose TE 86 Armstrong RLB 27 Bussey WR 85 Hawkins LCB 35 Mayhew FB 33 McDowell RCB 39 DImry RB 46 Workman SS 23 Carter QB 7 Erickson FS 22 Everett PLAYED 4 Stryzinski, 5 Husted, 21 McGruder, 25 Covington, 26 Green, 28 Buckley, 30 Turner, 31 Royster, 32 Rhett, 45 Stargell, 47 Lynch, 53 E Brady, 57 J Brady, 67 Sullivan, 70 McRae, 77 Wheeler, 82 Green, 83 Moore, 84 C Wilson, 88 Copeland, 91 K Wilson, 95 Powe DID NOT PLAY 12 Dilfer INACTIVE 11 Weldon, 43 Harris, 56 Nickerson, 60 Pyne, 79 Love, 87 Thomas, 89 Bishop, 92 Price
COMMENTARY CREW Mike Breen and Marcus Allen