St. Petersburg Times Online: Sports
Place an Ad Calendars Classified Forums Sports Weather

printer version

Buccaneers best and worst: game 8


© St. Petersburg Times, published October 29, 2000

BEST -- TAMPA BAY 27, MINNESOTA 24, NOV. 1, 1998: The Bucs, off to a 3-4 start in the face of high expectations, played host to the sizzling 7-0 Vikings, who had beaten Tampa Bay earlier behind Randy Moss (sound familiar?). But Tampa Bay's offense, which did not score a touchdown the previous week in what was described as its worst showing of the season (how about now?), put together a dominant effort that resulted in a team-record 246 yards rushing. Mike Alstott (128) and Warrick Dunn (115) became Tampa Bay's first pair of backs to break 100 in the same game. The win provided a brief respite for an offense under the gun. "There was a lot of outside talk that we needed a new quarterback, or we needed a change, we needed this, we needed that," Alstott said. "But that comes from our leader, that we're going to stick with what we believe in and how we've done things in the past."

WORST -- ST. LOUIS 31, TAMPA BAY 28, NOV. 8, 1987: The Bucs produced seven Game 8 defeats of more than three touchdowns (average score 38-9), but this three-point loss, which included a potential tying 53-yard field goal that hit the crossbar, was one for the record books. Tampa Bay led 28-3 with 13 minutes to play and the Cardinals were down to fourth down, but the Bucs collapsed like no other team in NFL history. Robert Awalt caught a 4-yard scoring pass from Neil Lomax. Linebacker Niko Noga returned a James Wilder fumble 24 yards for a touchdown. J.T. Smith caught a Lomax pass from 11 yards for another score. Then Smith caught another scoring pass, this from 17 yards, to throttle a Tampa Bay team that had been a heady (for the Bucs) 4-3. "To hell with the playoffs," first-year coach Ray Perkins said. Other than predicting Paul Gruber would start at left tackle for 12 years, that was as right as Perkins got while wearing orange. The Bucs closed the season with seven more losses.

Back to Sports
Back to Top

© 2006 • All Rights Reserved • Tampa Bay Times
490 First Avenue South • St. Petersburg, FL 33701 • 727-893-8111
Contact the Times | Privacy Policy
Standard of Accuracy | Terms, Conditions & Copyright

From the Times sports desk

Hubert Mizell

  • Time for Bucs to make stand
  • Two stars, one really big victory
  • Bucs

  • Shared failings
  • Fourth-quarter woes mean unhappy ending
  • King spoke his mind very early on
  • Lynch a quick learner
  • Buccaneers best and worst: game 8
  • Marcus Jones: Anything can happen
  • Bucs chat
  • Vikes change, yet stay same
  • Analysis: Fox's John Madden
  • Quick hits
  • Fourth quarter charge
  • Gators assume control
  • NFL

  • Rams use bench as motivational tool
  • NFL games
  • College football

  • No mercy for an old friend
  • College football around the nation
  • UF sideliners
  • UF quotebook
  • UGA quotebook
  • Coaches' call stuns Chandler
  • Gator quarterback wheel spins again
  • Henry, Dixon in the books
  • USF sideliners
  • College football around the state
  • Big East roundup
  • Big 12 roundup
  • UM injury woes worst at fullback
  • Storm passing through just grazes Hurricanes
  • Ex-assistant impresses Bowden
  • FSU sideliners
  • Lightning/NHL

  • Frustrated Ludzik kicks players off ice
  • NHL briefs
  • Slap shots
  • Stricter officiating has not tamed game
  • Golf

  • Flesch savors his first taste of Tigermania
  • Chores first, then golf
  • Devil Rays/Baseball

  • Rays looking to add some power in right
  • Baseball briefs
  • Motorsports

  • Auto racing briefs
  • Preps

  • Central's girls again win conference meet
  • Crystal River pulls off sweep
  • Trash-talking stars lead Sickles
  • Countryside wary of upset
  • Hudson takes overall SAC title
  • Seminole shines at North County
  • Regional tourneys bring pressure
  • Et cetera

  • NBA's East feels a bit uncentered
  • Ex-Bucs quarterbacks a focus in first draft
  • Mizell's mailbag
  • Sports briefs
  • Clemens sets another bad example for kids
  • Political correctness battle
  • Highs and lows
  • Captain's corner

  • From the wire

    From the state sports wire
  • Jacksonville's Spicer placed on IR after leg surgery
  • FIU-Western Kentucky game postponed because of Jeanne
  • Brown anxious to face old team for first time
  • Dolphins' desperate defense readies for Roethlisberger
  • Former Sarasota lineman sheds tough-guy image with Michigan
  • Rothstein rejoins Heat as assistant
  • No. 16 Florida has history on its side against Kentucky
  • FSU and Clemson QBs both off to slow starts