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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.

williams-bal79Ricky 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.


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6 years ago

Greg Landry? I thought Burt Jones was the QB for the Colts that day but I could be wrong.
I do remember the game though. Despite the team going down 17-0 I still thought the Bucs had a chance to win the game because the two Colt TD’s came on fluke plays and there was plenty of time left in the contest.

6 years ago

Look at those stats for Williams, they didn’t get much better while he was here and for that we put him in the Ring of Honor.
James Wilder, Warrick Dunn, John Lynch or Rhonde Barber would have been much better and wiser selections.

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