Bucs Notes: Quarles Set The Tone In Win

Quarles gave Bucs a 2-0 lead with a sack in the end zone. The Bucs improved to 2-0 with a 19-3 win on Sunday.

By Jeff Berlinicke

The Tampa Bay Bucs defense held strong on Sunday during its 19-3 win over the Buffalo Bills, but none came up stronger than linebacker Shelton Quarles who sacked Bills quarterback J.P. Losman in the end zone to give the Bucs a 2-0 lead while their offense was stalling.

It was the first safety by the Bucs since 2003 when New York Giants long snapper Carson Dach snapped the ball through the end zone.

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br> On Sunday, the Bucs wore white jerseys at home for only the fifth time since 1997 when Raymond James Stadium opened. The last time they wore white was when they lost in overtime to the New Orleans Saints in 2002.

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Safety Will Allen made his first start in his NFL career. Cornerback Juran Bolden started his first game as a Buccaneer.

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Safety Kalvin Peterson was promoted from the practice squad on Friday and made his NFL debut on the opening kickoff coverage team.

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In his second career game, Cadillac Williams rushed for 18 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries. In his first two NFL games, he has rushed for 276 yards and two touchdowns.

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Michael Pittman finally carried the ball for the first time of the season, going for nine yards late in the second quarter. He also caught his first pass of the season on the Bucs' second possession.

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Tampa Bay held the Bills to only 147 total yards, marking the first time the Bucs have held an opponent under 200 yards since they held San Francisco to 190 yards last season in a 30-3 win. The Bucs defense has held Minnesota and Buffalo under 50 yards in each of its first two games.

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Simeon Rice sacked Losman for his 107th career sack. The Bucs defense has not allowed a touchdown this season.

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Quarterback Brian Griese had his team-record streak of 12 straight games with a touchdown pass snapped. It was also the first time Griese has not thrown a touchdown pass in a game since joining the Bucs.


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