RICE DISCIPLINED BY BUCS Tampa Bay starting defensive end Simeon Rice missed a mandatory meeting on Saturday night in San Francisco. As a result of his absence, Rice was made inactive and sent home by the Buccaneers on Sunday. Bucs backup DE Dewayne White started in place of Rice and notched four tackles on the day.
SIMMS TAKES OVER AT QUARTERBACK With Brian Griese on injured reserve, third-year quarterback Chris Simms made the start vs. the San Francisco 49ers. Simms completed 21-of-34 passes for 264 yards and tossed one touchdown and two interceptions. Those two picks led to six points for the 49ers. Simms, who was under heavy duress all game long, was sacked five times and fumbled in the fourth quarter. He finished the game with a 71.2 quarterback rating.
GALLOWAY LEADS WAY FOR OFFENSE Bucs wide receiver Joey Galloway was the lone bright spot on offense. He hauled in a team-leading eight catches for 149 yards and a touchdown, which came on a 78-yard catch and run in the fourth quarter. Galloway accounted for 149 of the 275 yards of total offense for the Bucs.
WEST COAST WOES With Tampa Bay’s 15-10 loss to San Francisco on Sunday, Bucs head coach Jon Gruden is now 0-5 in regular season games played on the West Coast since 2002. In fact, Tampa Bay is now 3-20 in regular season games played on the West Coast.
CADILLAC STARTS, THEN STALLS Bucs rookie RB Carnell “Cadillac” Williams started Sunday after missing two straight games with a foot/hamstring injury. But Williams was ineffective, rushing 13 times for 20 yards (1.5 avg.). Tampa Bay’s ground game, which ranked 5th in the league entering Sunday’s contest, produced just 43 yards on 20 carries (2.2 avg.) vs. San Francisco.
SAN FRANCISCO RUNS WILD Tampa Bay’s top-ranked defense and run defense allowed San Francisco to rush for 158 yards on 39 carries (4.1 avg.) on Sunday. The 49ers were the first team to eclipse the 100-yard rushing mark on the Bucs this season. San Fran RB Kevan Barlow led the way with 101 yards on the ground.
BUC SHOTS Bucs quarterback Chris Simms made the third start of his career and first of the season. … Running back Carnell Williams returned to the lineup after being inactive the last two games. … Bucs second-year receiver Michael Clayton made his 100th career catch late in the first quarter. … Veteran receiver Joey Galloway made his 500th career catch in the second quarter. … Simms threw his first touchdown of the season on a 78-yard pass to receiver Joey Galloway. … Tampa Bay obtained only one rushing first down. … Tampa Bay has lost seven games on the road against San Francisco. … The Bucs have not won in San Francisco since 1980. … Wide receiver Joey Galloway has scored 11 touchdowns in his last 12 games. … Quarterback Chris Simms’ 78-yard touchdown pass was his longest career completion.
BUCS INJURIES Tampa Bay reported no injuries throughout the game.
BUCS INACTIVES Safety Dexter Jackson, offensive tackle Chris Colmer, center Scott Jackson, defensive end Simeon Rice, wide receiver J.R. Russell, tight end Nate Lawrie and fullback Rick Razzano were made inactive for Sunday’s game. Quarterback Tim Rattay was designated at the team’s emergency quarterback.
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