Bucs-Rams summary

Here is the statistical summary of Tampa Bay's 24-3 win over St. Louis on Sunday:

Tampa Bay 24, St. Louis 3

Game summary

Second quarter

TB: Matt Bryant 27 field goal, :03

Drive: 12 plays, 59 yards, 1:57

Key play: QB Jeff Garcia eluded two potential sacks to hit WR Ike Hilliard for a 15-yard gain and a first down at the Rams 42.

Tampa Bay 3, St. Louis 0

Third quarter

TB: Cadillac Williams 7 run (Matt Bryant kick), 10:41.

Drive: 7 plays, 53 yards, 4:19

Key play: Williams set up his own touchdown with a 13-yard gain to the Rams 7.

Tampa Bay 10, St. Louis 0

Fourth quarter

STL: Wilkins 25 field goal, 11:31

Drive: 7 plays, 26 yards, 3:20

Key play: Williams' fumble set up the Rams with their best field position of the day at the Bucs 33.

Tampa Bay 10, St. Louis 3

TB: Earnest Graham 8 run (Bryant kick), 7:56

Drive: 6 plays, 80 yards, 3:35

Key play: Three completions by Garcia of 17, 16 and 15 yards set up the scoring run by Graham, the first of his NFL career.

Tampa Bay 17, St. Louis 3

TB: Graham 28 run (Bryant kick), 5:00

Drive: 3 plays, 40 yards, 1:36

Key play: Graham set the block for Mark Jones' 35-yard punt return to set up the Bucs at the Rams 40.

Tampa Bay 24, St. Louis 3



Tampa Bay

Player — No. — Yds. — Avg. — TD

Earnest Graham—8—75—9.4—2

Michael Pittman—7—56—8.0—0

Carnell Williams—12—46—3.8—1

Jeff Garcia—3—3—1.0—0

Michael Clayton—2—2—1.0—0


St. Louis

Player — No. — Yds. — TD — Lg.

Steven Jackson—30—115—3.8—0

Brian Leonard—4—21—5.3—0



Tampa Bay

Player — Att. — Co. — Yds. — TD — INT

Jeff Garcia—22—14—151—0—0


St. Louis

Player — Att. — Co. — Yds. — TD — INT

Marc Bulger—26—17—116—0—3



Tampa Bay

Player — No. — Yds. — TD — Lg.

Joey Galloway—4—42—10.5—0

Michael Pittman—3—35—11.7—0

Alex Smith—3—27—9.0—0

Ike Hilliard—2—32—16.0—0

Michael Clayton—1—12—12.0—0

Carnell Williams—1—3—3.0—0


St. Louis

Player — No. — Yds. — Avg. — TD — Lg.

Torry Holt—5—63—12.6—0

Steven Jackson—4—18—4.5—0

Isaac Bruce—3—14—4.7—0

Randy McMichael—2—13—6.5—0

Brian Leonard—1—6—6.0—0

Dante Hall—1—2—2.0—0

Drew Bennett—1—0—0.0—0


Bucs Gradebook

Quarterback: B-. A slightly above-average outing for Jeff Garcia. Give him credit for keeping the offense efficient and not making mistakes. But no big plays.

Running backs: B. They never broke a big play, but the Bucs rushed for 182 yards and Earnest Graham had his biggest day as a pro. This unit, along with the OL, controlled the fourth quarter.

Wide receivers: C. An average outing, and the two misplays by Michael Clayton very nearly drove down the grade. The Rams did a good job of limiting downfield plays.

Offensive line: B. They allowed just one sack and then helped the Bucs control the fourth quarter with a road-grading performance the Bucs would like to see in the first half.

Defensive line: B-. One sack and three hurries don't tell the entire story, as they had to deal with a Rams offensive line intent on running the ball. They opened up enough lanes to get the LBs through to make plays.

Linebackers: B. Barrett Ruud picked off his first NFL interception. Derrick Brooks had a nice day. Cato June had a big hit. They were busy and productive and didn't make many mistakes.

Secondary: A. Holding Torry Holt, et al to just 116 yards receiving is one heck of a performance. Jermaine Phillips and Phillip Buchanon picked off passes. They never gave up a big downfield play.

Special teams: A. Mark Jones had two 30-plus yard returns that set up touchdowns. The Bucs limited Rams return whiz Dante Hall to a bad day by his standards. The Bucs won the field position game in this area.

Overall grade: B. It certainly wasn't as scintillating as last week's performance, but the Bucs got it done. They manhandled the Rams defense in the fourth quarter up front, and the defense bent but never broke in the red zone. The Rams only scored three points, and every time they had a chance for more the Bucs seemed to make a play.

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