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Buccaneers 16 Vikings 10
September 17, 1978
The Bucs were 0-2 to start their third season and many fans were thinking “here we go again” after the 0-14 and 2-12 campaigns to start the history of the franchise. And although the Bucs won this game against the traditional NFC Central Division powerhouse of the 1970s, this game was more memorable for one play than the overall result on the day.
The Buccaneers were leading 16-7 with just over five minutes left in the game and were lined up for a 27-yard field goal attempt from the Vikings 10-yard line. LS Dana Nafziger’s snap went over the head of the holder Dave Green, leading to he and K Neil O’Donoghue chasing the bouncing ball downfield. O’Donoghue attempted to use his Irish soccer background with a wild kick but missed the ball completely. Minnesota LB Fred McNeill picked the ball up and was eventually tackled at the Tampa 10-yard line, a loss of 80 yards on the play.
Thankfully legendary NFL blooper did not affect the result as the Vikings were held to a Rick Danmeier field goal and thanks to an earlier touchdown from RB Ricky Bell and a 5-yard passing score from QB Doug Williams to WR Morris Owens, the Bucs had their first win of their third season.
Rushing: Bell 21-59, DuBose 15-37, Williams 3-(-4), Green 1-0.
Passing: Williams 19-5-63-0-1.
Receiving: Owens 4-42, Giles 1-21.
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