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Cadillac, Bucs make history at Lambeau

The Bucs win their first game at Green Bay since 1989, while Cadillac Williams runs 158 yards, becoming the first NFL rookie to debut with three 100 plus yard games.

By RICK STROUD
Published September 25, 2005


GREEN BAY, Wis. - History was made by the Bucs Sunday.

Running back Cadillac Williams rushed for 158 yards on 37 carries, becoming the first in NFL history to rush for 100 yards in each of the first three games of his career.

That performance enabled the Bucs to overcome their beleaguered history at Lambeau Field with a 17-16 win over the Packers, their first in Wisconsin since 1989.

The Bucs, in their 30th season, improved to 3-0 for only the fourth time to remain atop the National Football Conference South standings.

Williams' three-game total of 434 yards, including 148 Sept. 11 at Minnesota and 128 Sept. 18 against Buffalo, is the most of any NFL running back at the start of his career, breaking the record of 410 yards by Baltimore Colts running back Alan Ameche in 1955.

"We're looking at something real special," cornerback Ronde Barber said of Williams, 23, the team's No. 1 draft pick (fifth overall) out of Auburn. "I think everybody is starting to notice that around this team and we can definitely feed off the guy."

The Bucs defense did just that. Safety Will Allen intercepted quarterback Brett Favre twice in the fourth quarter, dropping the Packers to 0-3.

The winning margin proved to be a missed extra point in the first half by the Packers' Ryan Longwell, breaking his string of 157 successful PATs.