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28 September 2014

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Pittsburgh Steelers Postgame Notes (9/28/14)

- On the game’s opening drive, DT Gerald McCoy recorded his second sack of the season, dropping Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger for a six-yard loss. McCoy now has 20.5 career sacks, the fourth-most by a defensive tackle in team history. Since 2012, McCoy is tied for third in sacks among defensive tackles.
Rank      Player                                                      Sacks
1.           Warren Sapp                                              77.0
2.           Brad Culpepper                                          33.0
3.           Santana Dotson                                         23.0
4.           Gerald McCoy                                          20.5
5.           Anthony McFarland                                    20.0
2012-14 SACK LEADERS (Defensive Tackles)*
Rank      Player (Team)                                           Sacks
1.           Geno Atkins (Cincinnati)                             18.5
2.           Jurrell Casey (Tennessee)                           17.5
3.           Gerald McCoy (Tampa Bay)                     16.5
3.           Kyle Williams (Buffalo)                                16.5
4.           Ndamukong Suh (Detroit)                            14.5
- On the play following McCoy’s sack, DE Michael Johnson recorded his first sack of the season, dropping Roethlisberger for a five-yard loss and forcing a fumble, which was recovered by DE Jacquies Smith. The fumble recovery is the first of Smith’s career. Johnson now has 5.5 career sacks against the Steelers.
- Johnson recorded his second sack of the game in the second quarter, bringing Roethlisberger down for a three-yard loss. It is Johnson’s third career game with at least 2.0 sacks. He is the first Buccaneer to record two or more sacks in a game since DT Gerald McCoy recorded 3.0 last season against Atlanta (11/17/13).
- Following the fumble recovery, QB Mike Glennon - making his first start of the season - threw a seven-yard touchdown pass to WR Mike Evans. The touchdown reception was the first of Evans’ career and the touchdown pass was Glennon’s first of the year.
- Glennon threw his second touchdown of the day with seven seconds remaining in the game, connecting with WR Vincent Jackson from five yards out, giving the Buccaneers a 27-24 victory.
- Glennon finished the game with 302 yards passing, a career-high. Glennon is the first Buccaneers passer to eclipse 300 yards since Josh Freeman in 2012 (vs. St. Louis, 12/23/12)
- In the third quarter, Evans caught a career-long 40 yard pass. Evans finished the game with a career-high 65 receiving yards on four catches, with one touchdown.
- DE Scott Solomon recorded his first career sack in today’s game, dropping Roethlisberger for a six-yard loss.
- DE Da’Quan Bowers recorded his first sack of the season at the end of the first half, bringing Roethlisberger down for a six-yard loss. Bowers now has 6.5 career sacks.
- The Buccaneers recorded five sacks in the first half. Dating back to 1991, that is tied for the second-most first-half sacks the team has recorded.
Sacks          Opponent - Date                                    Result
1. 6             12/07/98 - Green Bay                         W, 24-22
2. 5             9/28/14 - Pittsburgh                          W, 27-24
2. 5              10/27/91 - Green Bay                            L, 27-0
2. 5              11/29/09 - Atlanta                                L, 20-17
5. 4             Nine games tied                                             
- Tampa Bay finished today’s game with five sacks, the most by the team since recording seven against Buffalo in 2013 (12/8/13).
- The Buccaneers opened the third quarter with an eight-play, 80-yard touchdown drive, capped off by RB Doug Martin running in for the score. The 80-yard drive is tied for the longest touchdown drive of the season (80 yards at Atlanta, 9/18).
- The rushing touchdown is Martin’s first of the season and the 13th of his career, tying for the 10th-most in Buccaneers history.
(Team History)
Rank      Player                                                        TDs
1.           FB Mike Alstott, 1996-2006                          58
2.           RB James Wilder, 1981-89                           37
3.           RB Errict Rhett, 1994-97                              24
4.           RB Reggie Cobb, 1990-93                            21
5.           RB Carnell Williams, 2005-10                       24
6.           RB Warrick Dunn, 1997-2008                        19
7.           RB Ricky Bell, 1977-1981                             16
8.           FB/RB Earnest Graham, 2004-11                  15
8.           RB Lars Tate, 1988-89                                 15
10.         RB Doug Martin, 2012-14                            13
10.         RB LeGarrette Blount, 2010-12                     13
10.         QB Doug Williams, 1978-82                          13
- On the Buccaneers’ second drive, K Patrick Murray connected on a career-long 50-yard field goal. In the fourth quarter, Murray made a 27-yard field goal.
- On the first play of the fourth quarter, WR Solomon Patton notched his first career rush, taking a reverse and running for 19 yards.
- WR Louis Murphy made his Buccaneers debut in today’s game, catching six passes for 99 yards. The six catches match a career-high, while the 99 receiving yards are the third-highest of his career.
- Murphy caught a 41-yard pass on the Buccaneers’ final drive of the game, setting up Vincent Jackson’s game-winning touchdown. The 41-yard reception is the Buccaneers longest pass completion of the season.
- WR Russell Shepard caught his first career pass in the fourth quarter of today’s game, a 22-yard reception on third down, converting the first down. He finished the game with two catches for 30 yards
- TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins had career highs in catches (3) and receiving yards (44).
- Tampa Bay’s victory marks the franchise’s first ever victory in Pittsburgh, and the team’s first win in the state of Pennsylvania since 2006 (10/22 at Philadelphia).
- Today’s game marks the 600th regular season game in franchise history.

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