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Best and worst: game 10

By Compiled by LAWRENCE HOLLYFIELD

© St. Petersburg Times, published November 12, 2000


BEST -- BUCS 17, VIKINGS 12, NOV. 6, 1983: Tampa Bay was 0-9, on its way to 2-14, and playing on the road against the 6-3 and division-leading Vikings. Its last division road game ended in a 41-point loss. The Bucs needed help from above, and they got it -- sort of. "(James Wilder) is built like a Greek god," quarterback Jack Thompson said. He ran like one this day, finishing with 219 yards (still a Bucs record) on 31 carries. His 75-yard touchdown run was the winning score. "You carry the ball that many times, and something's eventually going to happen," Wilder said. Hall of Famer Lee Roy Selmon helped the Bucs get on the scoreboard with a sack and forced fumble, which David Logan returned 54 yards for a touchdown. After this win, the Bucs went on a club-record 19-game road losing streak.

WORST -- VIKINGS 27, BUCS 24, NOV. 4, 1984: Another heavenly game for Wilder, who totaled 192 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns. The Bucs, who led 14-3 in the second quarter, lost on Jan Stenerud's 53-yard field goal. The loss seemed like another in a string as the Bucs fell to 3-7. But a day later, as the nation prepared for four more years of Ronald Reagan, Bucs fans found out they had only six more games with John McKay. The first coach in team history, the man who led the Bucs to three playoff appearances, two division titles and one NFC title game in nine seasons, resigned effective at the end of the season. "When Stenerud hit that long field goal, I said, "That's as much as I can take,' " said McKay, who at age 61 was battling cataracts.

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