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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.
 
MOST SACKS - DEFENSIVE TACKLE (Team History)
 
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.
 
MOST SACKS IN A FIRST HALF (Since 1991)
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.
 
MOST RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS
(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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