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Buccaneers 25 Ravens 0
September 15, 2002
After the Super Bowl season had gotten off to a disappointing start with a home overtime loss to the Saints, the Buc defense righted the ship with a shutout on the road against the Baltimore Ravens and then relied on special teams and one of their own to score all the points needed for Jon Gruden’s first win as Tampa head coach.
PR Karl Williams recorded his fifth punt return touchdown of his career, a 56-yarder late in the first quarter and then spoke about recording the first win of the season. “We would like to have had it last week at home, but it’s tough in this league. I think it made the team more hungry to come up here to Baltimore and get the job done.”
After K Martin Gramatica had kicked three field goals and the defense recorded a safety, LB Derrick Brooks sealed the victory with a 97-yard interception return, the second-longest play in franchise history after Shelton Quarles’ 98-yarder against the Packers a year before. “The defense was super today, just super,” a Gatorade-soaked Gruden said. “But everybody contributed to this one.”
Rushing: Pittman 13-37, Alstott 11-23, Stecker 5-15, B.Johnson 1-(-1).
Passing: B.Johnson 31-24-211-0-0.
Receiving: Pittman 6-58, Alstott 5-25, McCardell 4-38, K.Johnson 3-47, Stecker 3-11, Jurevicius 2-18, Cook 1-14.
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