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Bucs Fumble Away Win To Lions

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Somehow the Bucs managed to come away from Ford Field without the win on Sunday, thanks in part to two uncharacteristic fumbles. The game changing fumble was recovered by Detroit at their 7-yard line when the Bucs looked odds on to score. The Lions capitalised on the error and scored nine plays later when Calvin Johnson scored on a reverse. The touchdown drive took 5:21 off the clock and put the game out of reach of the Bucs despite a spirited comeback. The Bucs are now 4-3 and next the face the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Despite the best efforts of Graham the Bucs lost in Detroit

“Win the turnover battle, win the game” – the Bucs proved this statement on Sunday. So far this season the Bucs have been the masters of the no mistake offence but on Sunday two fumbles cost the Bucs the win. Despite racking up over 400 yards of offence the turnovers proved to be the difference between the teams.

For the Bucs, Jeff Garcia completed 37 of 45 passes on the day, at one point tying Brad Johnsons’ team record with 18 straight completions. Garcia spread the ball around the offence as Graham caught 13 passes, Hilliard caught 9 passes, Galloway caught 5 passes Jerramy Stevens caught 4 and BJ Askew reeled in 4 as well.

There are concerns for the Bucs offensive line though. Shaun Rogers and Cory Redding gave the Bucs line fits. The Bucs struggled in the run game as Rogers forced two offensive linemen to block him, which helped keep blockers off of the Lions linebackers. Rogers would take on Arron Sears with one arm and then try to exploit the gap between Sears and John Wade often forcing Jeff Garcia to scramble or throw the ball away.

It wouldn’t be a Bucs game without injuries however. Mark Jones has been lost for the season with a torn patellar tendon and Michael Clayton was injured early after what appeared to be a cheap shot by the Lions. Clayton was doubled up during the tackle and a late hit seemed to cause some damage to his ankle. Tempers frayed and the players from both teams went at it. This is great to see and it shows a togetherness in the Bucs camp.

The Bucs will come back to the RayJay to face an improving Jaguars team in what promises to be another tough matchup.

Game Balls:

Jeff Garcia: 316 yards and 2TD’s

Ernest Graham: 92 yards rushing and 99 yards receiving

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Written by UK Bucs Fan

October 25, 2007 at 8:16 am

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