Jaguars Drop Bucs, 29-18 The Jacksonville Jaguars scored 29 points in the second half in a come-from-behind victory over the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday night. The Bucs fell to 1-2 in preseason and will play their preseason finale on Thursday night against the Houston Texans.
Alstott Reaches The End Zone Tampa Bay’s offense got off to a fast start in Jacksonville thanks to a turnover created by linebacker Shelton Quarles and recovered by LB Derrick Brooks. The Bucs offense put together an eight-play, 43-yard drive that was capped off by fullback Mike Alstott’s 2-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.
Quarterbacks Have Mixed Reviews Tampa Bay quarterbacks Chris Simms and Bruce Gradkowski took all of the snaps in Jacksonville on Saturday night, and neither player performed particularly well. Simms, who was sacked three times in the first half, completed 9-of-14 (64 percent) of his passes and threw for 77 yards. However, he had three passes batted down at the line of scrimmage and was part of a Bucs offense that converted just 1-of-7 third down attempts in the first half.
Gradkowski completed 10-of-17 passes (58.8 percent) for 124 yards and tossed one touchdown and two interceptions. The rookie signal caller also fumbled after being sacked in the fourth quarter. All three of his turnovers led to Jacksonville touchdowns.
Galloway, Williams Make Preseason Debuts Tampa Bay’s starting offense was intact when it took the field vs. Jacksonville. Running back Cadillac Williams and wide receiver Joey Galloway made their preseason debuts. Galloway hauled in two passes for 28 yards in the first half.
Williams, on the other hand, wasn’t as productive, running the ball four times for just 3 yards and catching two passes for 9 yards.
In other lineup-related notes, Bucs cornerback Brian Kelly was held out of Saturday night’s game due to a turf toe injury. Center John Wade returned to the starting lineup after watching Sean Mahan start in his place last week vs. Miami. Cornerback Juran Bolden left the game early with a thigh bruise.
Two Points For White Bucs defensive end Dewayne White was on the receiving end of a two-point conversion pass from holder Josh Bidwell after Tampa Bay’s first touchdown of the game in the first quarter. On a designed rollout play, Bidwell threw a wobbly pass into the end zone, but the pass was momentarily intercepted by Donovan Darius. But White managed to rip the ball out of Darius’ hands while keeping his feet in bounds for the successful two-point conversion.
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