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Buccaneers 10 Rams 9
September 11, 1980
This was the Bucs first-ever appearance on prime-time national TV with the usual Monday Night crew in town to call the game. Except it was a special Thursday night production featuring the two teams that contested the previous year’s NFC Championship Game.
Once again the Bucs held the Rams to three Frank Corral field goals. This time they got on the scoreboard first with a Garo Yepremian 32-yard field goal at the end of the first half and then memorably won the game on QB Doug Williams’ one-yard run with 57 seconds left. Yepremian added the PAT and the Bucs began the 1980 season 2-0 and got some revenge for the defeat the previous January. Williams’ winning sneak was set up by a highlight reel 10-yard run.
Four interceptions of Ram QB Vince Ferragamo were the key to the victory including a final one by CB Norris Thomas that sealed the win.
Rushing: Eckwood 16-60, Williams 4-26, Bell 7-14.
Passing: Williams 23-10-97-1-0.
Receiving: Giles 3-33, Eckwood 3-19, Bell 2-26, Jones 2-19.
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Was at this game. Game was a replica of the Championship Game…a defensive yawner only this time Doug Williams rolled out to get the score. Started 2-0 that year and then went on a 5 game losing streak. Another highlight was a group of fans had an “ABC #1” sign held up but when they saw they were on tv, they threw it down and right behind it was a caricature of Cosell that said “Cosell Suck!”
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