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02 November 2014

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Cleveland Browns Postgame Notes (11/2/14)

- On Cleveland’s opening possession, DT Gerald McCoy recorded his fourth sack of the season, dropping Browns QB Brian Hoyer for a six-yard loss. With the Browns driving in the final two minutes of the first half, McCoy recorded his second sack of the game, bringing Hoyer down for a loss of seven. This marks McCoy’s fifth career multi-sack game, tied for the sixth-most in franchise history (Chidi Aanatou).
- McCoy now has 5.0 sacks on the season, the third-most by a defensive tackle in the NFL
2012-14 SACK LEADERS (Defensive Tackles)*
Rank      Player (Team)                                           Sacks
1.           Marcell Dareus (Buffalo)                             7.0
2.           Tom Johnson (Minnesota)                           5.5
3.           Gerald McCoy (Tampa Bay)                       5.0
3.           Henry Melton (Dallas)                                  5.0
5.           Jurrell Casey (Tennessee)                            4.0
5.           Dwan Edwards (Carolina)                            4.0
5.           Sen’Derrick Marks (Jacksonville)                 4.0
5.           Stephen Paea (Chicago)                             4.0
- McCoy now has 23.5 career sacks and has recorded a sack in consecutive games for the fourth time in his career. McCoy now has the fourth-most sacks by a defensive tackle in franchise history. 
Rank      Player                                                      Sacks
1.           Warren Sapp                                             77.0
2.           David Logan                                             39.0*
2.           Brad Culpepper                                         33.0
4.           Gerald McCoy                                           23.5
5.           Santana Dotson                                         23.0
* Sacks were not an official stat until 1982. Logan is credited with 28.5 by Stats, Inc.
- In the first quarter, RB Bobby Rainey caught a screen pass on third-and-10, taking it 34 yards. The reception is the longest of his career and the longest by a Tampa Bay running back since 2012 (RB Doug Martin, 42 yards, 11/11/12 vs. San Diego). Rainey finished the game with 19 rushes for 87 yards and the 34-yard reception.
- With the Browns at the Buccaneers four-yard line in the second quarter, DE Jacquies Smith recorded his first career sack, bringing down Hoyer for a seven-yard loss and ending Cleveland’s drive. 
- In the second quarter, the Buccaneers drove 80 yards for a touchdown, culminating with a 24-yard touchdown pass from QB Mike Glennon to WR Mike Evans.
- Evans finished today’s game with seven catches for 124 yards and two touchdowns. This marks his first career 100-reciving yard game and his first career multi-touchdown game.
- Evans is the first Buccaneer rookie to record 100+ receiving yards in a game since Arrelious Benn in 2010 (122 yards at Washington, 12/12/10). He is the first Buccaneer to record multiple receiving touchdowns since Tiquan Underwood last season (11/24/13 vs. Detroit). He is the first Buccaneers rookie with multiple receiving touchdowns since Mike Williams in 2010 (two touchdowns, 12/26/10 vs. Seattle). Underwood was also the last Buccaneers receiver to post 100+ yards and two touchdowns in the same game, while Evans is only the second Buccaneers rookie to accomplish the feat (Horace Copeland,10/31/1993 at Atlanta).
- Evans the first Buccaneers player to record at least 50 yards in five consecutive games since Vincent Jackson last season (six consecutive games: 11/17/13 vs. Atlanta-12/22/13 at St. Louis) and the first Buccaneers rookie to do so since Mike Williams in 2010 (five consecutive games: 10/24/10 vs. St. Louis-11-21-10 at San Francisco). Evans is the first rookie in the NFL to do so since Keenan Allen in 2013 (five consecutive games).
- With seven catches in today’s game, Evans has now caught at least four passes in all seven games he has played, making him the first Buccaneers player and the first Buccaneers rookie to record at least four receptions in seven straight games since Mike Williams (seven consecutive: 9/26/10 vs. Pittsburgh-11/14/10 vs. Carolina) and the first NFL player to do so in their first seven games since RB Reggie Bush (first 10 games: 9/10/06 at Cleveland-11/19/06 vs. Cincinnati).
- On the Browns’ possession following Evans’ first touchdown, Hoyer threw an interception to CB Johnthan Banks, who returned it 18 yards to the Cleveland 10-yard line. The interception is the second of the season for Banks and the fifth of his career.
- With the Browns driving in the fourth quarter, Hoyer had a pass tipped by S Bradley McDougald and intercepted by DT Clinton McDonald. It is McDonald’s first interception of the season and the second of his career. McDonald is the first Buccaneers defensive lineman to record an interception since DE Gaines Adams in 2008 (9/28/08 vs. Green Bay).
- S Major Wright finished today’s game with 13 tackles, setting a career high.
- T Oniel Cousins made his first start for the Buccaneers in today’s game, starting at left tackle for the first time in his career.
- DT Matthew Masifilo and T Kevin Pamphile made their NFL debuts in today’s game.
- WR Marcus Thigpen made his Buccaneers debut in today’s game.

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