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14 September 2014

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs St. Louis Postgame Notes (9/14/14)

- The Buccaneers scored on the game’s opening possession, going 77 yards in 10 plays, capped off by QB Josh McCown running the ball in from five yards out to give Tampa Bay the game’s first points. The rushing score was McCown’s first as a Buccaneer and the first rushing touchdown by a Buccaneers quarterback since Josh Freeman in 2011 (12/24 at Carolina).
- On the game’s opening drive, WR Robert Herron caught his first career pass, a screen that he took for eight yards.
- The last time the Buccaneers scored on the opening possession of the game was against Buffalo (12/8/13).
- McCown finished the first half completing 10-of-12 passes, for a completion rate of 83.3, the highest by a Buccaneers quarterback since November 3, 2013 (Mike Glennon at Seattle, 10-for-11, 86.7 percent).
- McCown finished the day completing 16-of-21 passes, a 76.2 percent completion rate, which ranks as the third-best single game mark of his career.
- On the opening drive of the second half, DE Scott Solomon forced a fumble by Rams RB Zac Stacy, recovered by S Dashon Goldson. That is Goldson’s sixth career fumble recovery and his second as a Buccaneer. The forced fumble is the first of Solomon’s career.
- On the ensuing possession, McCown scored his second rushing touchdown of the day, getting into the endzone on a one-yard quarterback keeper. McCown is only the second quarterback in Bucs history to record multiple rushing touchdowns in the same game, joining Steve Young (2 vs. Buffalo, 11/2/86)
- Today marks the second game of McCown’s career with multiple rushing touchdowns. The only other time he has done so was as a member of the Arizona Cardinals in 2004, against St. Louis (12/19/04). McCown now has four career rushing touchdowns against St. Louis, tied for the third-most of any opposing quarterback against the Rams.
Rank      Player                                                Games Played                TD
1.           Steve Young (1986-98)                                17                         6
2.           Tobin Rote (1950-58)                                   18                         5
3.           Josh McCown (2002-Pres.)                          6                          4
3.           Billy Kilmer (1961-77)                                   14                         4
3.           Jim Ninowski (1960-69)                                 6                          4

- Over the last two seasons, McCown has totaled three rushing touchdowns, tied for the sixth-most in the NFL.
Rank      Player                                                    Rush TD
1.           Cam Newton                                                6
1.           Geno Smith                                                 6
3.           Andrew Luck                                                5
4.           Colin Kaepernick                                          4
4.           Christian Ponder                                          4
6.           Josh McCown                                             3
6.           Five other tied                                              3
- RB Bobby Rainey finished today’s game with 22 carries for 144 yards, his third-career 100-yard rushing game. Rainey is one of only six running backs in Buccaneers history to record at least 20 rushes and have a rushing average of 6.5 or better in a single game.
(Buccaneers History)
Rank           Player                                           Opp.       Date                 Att., Yds., Avg.
1.               Ricky Bell                                      NYG       11/18/79            22, 152, 6.91
2.               Reggie Cobb                                 DET       11/10/91            21, 139, 6.62
3.               Warrick Dunn                                 DAL       12/3/00             22, 210, 9.55
4.               Warrick Dunn                                 STL       12/18/00            22, 145, 6.59
5.               Doug Martin                                  OAK       11/4/12             25, 251, 10.04
6.               Bobby Rainey                               STL       9/14/14             22, 144, 6.55
7.               James Wilder                                 MIN       11/6/83             31, 219, 7.06
Date                                 Opponent                       Yds
11/17/13                           vs. Atlanta                      163
12/8/13                             vs. Buffalo                      127
9/14/14                             vs. St. Louis                   144
- DT Clinton McDonald recorded his first sack as a Buccaneer in the third quarter, dropping Rams QB Austin Davis for a 10-yard loss. Later in the game, DE William Gholston recorded his first sack of the season, bringing Davis down for a five-yard loss.
- Following a Rams field goal, Chris Owusu returned the ensuing kickoff 45 yards, the longest kick return for the Buccaneers since Arrelious Benn returned a kick 55 yards in 2012 at the New York Giants (9/16/12).
- K Patrick Murray made his first career field goal in the fourth quarter of today’s game, connecting on a 36-yard attempt.
- S Dashon Goldson led the team in tackles with 11, his first game with double-digit tackles as a Buccaneer.
- During the second quarter, the game was delayed 51 minutes due to lightning in the area.
- Today’s attendance was: 59,923
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