Tampa Bay rookie running back Carnell “Cadillac” Williams rushed for 150 yards and a touchdown on 31 carries en route to helping the Bucs to a 27-24 come-from-behind overtime win over the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday at Raymond James Stadium.
Williams did most of his damage in the fourth quarter and overtime, rushing for a total of 80 yards and a 6-yard score that came on a fourth-and-1 play with just 31 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. That score and the extra point tied the game at 24-24 and sent it into overtime. Williams’ performance earned him the PewterReport.com Pewter Player of the Game as the Bucs improved to 10-5 on the season and jumped into first place in the NFC South division with one game left to go in the 2005 regular season.
Williams’ 100-yard game was his sixth of the season and breaks the Bucs’ record set by Ricky Bell in 1979 and later tied by James Wilder in 1984 and ’85, and Warrick Dunn in 1997.
Williams also became the first Bucs player to eclipse the 1,000-yard rushing mark since Dunn accomplished that feat back in 2001. Cadillac has rushed for 1,097 yards and six touchdowns this season, which breaks the Bucs’ rookie rushing record held by Errict Rhett, who produced 1,011 rushing yards as a rookie in 1994.
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