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Husted returns the favor vs. Bucs

By ERNEST HOOPER

© St. Petersburg Times, published October 2, 2000


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LANDOVER, Md. -- The last two times the Bucs played in overtime, Michael Husted made the winning kick.

In 1996, he made a 23-yard field goal that helped the Bucs beat Oakland 20-17. On Sunday, he made a 20-yard field goal for Washington that beat the Bucs.

The irony could have framed a day of revenge for Husted, who was the Bucs kicker for six seasons (1993-98) and remains the team's all-time leading scorer. But Husted said he had no bitterness for Tampa Bay, which released him after drafting Martin Gramatica in the third round last year.

"I don't have any hard feelings," Husted said. "I don't have anything against that organization. They gave me my start in my career. That's two years removed. I still have a lot of good friends on that team. It doesn't matter if it's the Bucs, the Browns or the Bengals. We needed the victory and we got it."

It was only the second game with the Redskins for Husted. He replaced Brett Conway, who was released after Week?3. Washington beat the Giants 16-6 Sept. 24 but Husted missed an extra point and a field goal.

"I think guys will probably talk to me a little more this week than they did last week," Husted said. "I hope I can continue that."

TYOKA STARTS: Maybe Warren Sapp got disciplined on purpose to help his friend Tyoka Jackson.

Sapp's benching for the first quarter allowed Jackson, who grew up in suburban Washington as a Redskins fan, to make his first start of the season. He got 12 tickets for friends and family, but he usually gets 50 tickets when the Bucs play in Washington.

"There were a lot of disappointed people," Jackson said.

Although Jackson recorded two tackles, the loss sapped any joy he got out of starting.

"Starting and making a play here or there don't mean nothing right now," he said. "You give me zero plays and give me a win right now and I'll go outside and feel good about it."

DEJA VU: Jacquez Green had not returned a punt all season, but a knee injury to Karl Williams forced the Bucs to turn to the third-year pro. One of Green's infamous muffs came at FedEx Field two years ago. His fumble that day helped the Redskins come from behind to beat the Bucs.

Green had two returns for a total of 1 yard, but his failure to field a punt in overtime left the Bucs starting at their 14.

LITTLE GUY, BIG HIT: Running back Warrick Dunn, one of the smallest players on the field, came up big on a block on Washington safety Mark Carrier. Carrier was pursuing quarterback Shaun King on a scramble and Dunn, who had gone out for a pass, blind-sided Carrier, whose helmet was knocked off.

ROOKIE WATCH: Third-round draft pick Nate Webster was on the field for two critical series. He subbed for Jamie Duncan, who suffered a neck injury, late in the fourth quarter and again after Duncan had a mild concussion in overtime. Webster had one tackle.

INJURY REPORT: Four Bucs besides Duncan were hurt. Cornerback Ronde Barber lost feeling in his right arm after colliding with fullback Larry Centers. Both returners injured knees, but Williams' may be more serious. He was on crutches while Aaron Stecker had a left knee sprain. The others were linebacker Shelton Quarles (left ankle) and guard Frank Middleton (right knee).

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