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Buccaneers 21 Rams 6
September 23, 1979
“Unbeaten, untied, unbelievable” – Sports Illustrated came to Tampa to cover the Buccaneers and having watched the upstart young Tampa team move to 4-0 on the season, put LB Dewey Selmon and his team on the cover of their following issue.
It was wet with a pair of rainstorms soaking Tampa Stadium but the then-record crowd of 69,497 went home deliriously happy as John McKay’s team handled the NFC Ram powerhouse forcing four turnovers and keeping the Los Angeles offense scoreless all day.
After an early Jim Youngblood interception return had put the visitors ahead, Doug Williams found WR Larry “Six or nothing” Mucker for a 15-yard score early in the second quarter and then added a 29-yarder to TE Jimmie Giles before the half ended. These scores bookended a 5-yard run by RB Ricky Bell and then the Buccaneer defense took over in the second half.
Los Angeles coach Ray Malavasi had said his team “had nothing to fear about the Bucs.” “Maybe,” said LB Richard Wood, who played a whale of a game, “there was something to fear after all.”
Rushing: Bell 18-69, Eckwood 22-59, J.Davis 3-16, Williams 2-4.
Passing: Williams 20-5-101-1-2.
Receiving: Giles 1-29, Owens 1-28, Eckwood 1-25, Mucker 1-15, Hagins 1-4.
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I still have two copies of that Sports Illustrated. The following week the winless Giants, under Ray Perkins, defeated the mighty Bucs.
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