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Buccaneers 29 Colts 26
September 9, 1979
15 minutes into the opening road game of the 1979 season and the Bucs trailed 17-0 and things looked bleak for John McKay’s team. 47 minutes later, the Bucs were 2-0 and the magical road to the first playoff appearance was well and truly underway as K Neil O’Donoghue’s 31-yard field goal gave the visitors an overtime comeback victory thanks ranks as one of the largest in team history.
Ricky Bell’s one-yard score started a run of 26 unanswered points for the Bucs and only a pair of missed extra points by O’Donoghue allowed the Colts to tie the score late in the fourth quarter in spite of no less than 10 sacks of QB Greg Landry by the young Buccaneer defense.
In overtime, it was another sack, this one by DE Randy Crowder and recovered by DT Bill Kollar, that set up the winning kick and took the Bucs to a memorable victory.
Rushing: Eckwood 19-53, Bell 10-34, Berns 4-9, Williams 3-8, Ragsdale 1-3, J.Davis 1-0.
Passing: Williams 29-10-196-2-2.
Receiving: Bell 3-56, Hagins 2-35, Owens 2-31, Jones 1-37, J.Davis 1-24, Eckwood 1-13.