Bucs-Texans scoring summary

Here is the scoring summary from Tampa Bay's 28-14 loss to the Houston Texans on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2007:

Texans 28, Buccaneers 14

First quarter

HOU: Andre Johnson 4 pass from Sage Rosenfels (Kris Brown kick), 3:59

Drive: 12 plays, 66 yards, 6:19

Key play: The Texans defense stopped Bucs RB Earnest Graham for no gain on 4th-and-2 from the Texans 34, forcing a change of possession.

Houston 7, Tampa Bay 0

Second quarter

TB: Earnest Graham 4 run (Matt Bryant kick), 10:57

Drive: 5 plays, 25 yards, 1:59.

Key play: Bucs DE Greg White forced a fumble from Rosenfels, which Bucs DT Jovan Haye recovered at the Texans 25 for a turnover.

Tampa Bay 7, Houston 7

HOU: Kevin Walter 8 pass from Sage Rosenfels (Kris Brown kick), 4:38

Drive: 3 plays, 23 yards, 1:27

Key play: Bucs WR Ike Hilliard caught a pass for a first down, but fumbled after a big hit by Texans S Will Demps, causing a turnover at the Texans 23.

Houston 14, Tampa Bay 7

Third quarter

HOU: Andre Davis 97 kickoff return (Brown kick), 14:46.

Key play: Davis waited until his blocking wall set up in front of him and then turned the corner on Bucs special teams ace Maurice Stovall to trigger the return.

Houston 21, Tampa Bay 14

TB: Earnest Graham 11 run (Matt Bryant kick), 12:38

Drive: 4 plays, 69 yards, 2:08.

Key plays: Bucs TE Alex Smith caught a 31-yard seam route from QB Luke McCown to set up the Bucs at the Texans 38. Two plays later, Graham went for a 20-yard run to set up his own score.

Houston 21, Tampa Bay 14

Fourth quarter

HOU: Owen Daniels 4 pass from Rosenfels (Brown kick), 14:56

Drive: 4 plays, 17 yards, 1:05

Key play: Bucs QB Luke McCown fumbled a shotgun snap and Houston's C.C. Brown recovered the ball and ran to the Bucs 17 yard line.

Houston 28, Tampa Bay 14

Statistics

Rushing

Tampa Bay

Player — No. — Yds. — TD — Lg.

Earnest Graham — 15 — 61 — 2 — 20

Luke McCown — 2 — 10 — 0 — 10

Totals — 17 — 71 — 2 — 20

Houston

Player — No. — Yds. — TD — Lg.

Darius Walker — 16 — 46 — 0 — 9

Ron Dayne — 7 — 17 — 0 — 5

Adimchinnobi Echemandu — 2 — 7 — 0 — 5

Sage Rosenfels — 2 — 1 — 0 — 2

Totals — 27 — 71 — 0 — 9

Passing

Tampa Bay

Player — Att. — Co. — Yds. — TD — INT

Luke McCown — 38 — 25 — 266 — 0 — 0

Totals — 38 — 25 — 266 — 0 — 0

Houston

Player — Att. — Co. — Yds. — TD — INT

Sage Rosenfels — 36 — 27 — 209 — 3 — 0

Totals — 36 — 27 — 209 — 3 — 0

Receiving

Tampa Bay

Player — No. — Yds. — TD — Lg.

Joey Galloway — 6 — 87 — 0 — 18

Earnest Graham — 6 — 45 — 0 — 12

Michael Clayton — 4 — 39 — 0 — 19

Ike Hilliard — 3 — 28 — 0 — 10

Alex Smith — 2 — 39 — 0 — 31

Maurice Stovall — 2 — 17 — 0 — 11

Anthony Becht — 1 — 7 — 0 — 7

B.J. Askew — 1 — 4 — 0 — 4

Totals — 25 — 266 — 0 — 31

Houston

Player — No. — Yds. — Avg. — TD — Lg.

Andre Johnson — 9 — 82 — 1 — 17

Darius Walker — 6 — 34 — 0 — 8

Kevin Walter — 5 — 47 — 1 — 14

Owen Daniels — 3 — 20 — 1 — 9

Ron Dayne — 2 — 15 — 0 — 9

Andre Davis — 1 — 5 — 0 — 5

Vonta Leach — 1 — 5 — 0 — 5

Totals — 27 — 209 — 3 — 17

Missed field goals

None

Bucs Gradebook

Quarterback: C. McCown did some good things on Sunday. But his turnover was a huge swing, and he's still having problems getting rid of the football when he's flushed out of the pocket. He didn't throw any touchdowns, either.

Running backs: B-. Earnest Graham rushed for 61 yards and caught six passes for 45 yards. But he was all the Bucs had on the ground. The Texans did a pretty good job of not allowing Graham to pound away, and in the fourth quarter, down 14 points, he was not a factor on the ground.

Wide receivers: C. Joey Galloway put up solid numbers, but not until the fourth quarter. Losing Ike Hilliard to the shoulder injury hurt the overall scheme. Michael Clayton had a decent day, but Maurice Stovall couldn't pick up Hilliard's slack. The tight ends were non-factors, aside from one big catch by Alex Smith.

Offensive line: C. Against a middling run defense the line didn't produce consistently to open the holes Graham needed. In pass protection the Texans put too much pressure on McCown, sacking him four times. The miscommunication between McCown and C John Wade slammed the door on the Bucs, leading to a fumble.

Defensive line: B. They did a solid job pushing around a depleted Texans offensive line. Greg White had an amazing day, sacking Sage Rosenfels three times and forcing two fumbles. DT Jovan Haye recovered both. They probably needed to force one more, but they can't be blamed for the offense's shortcomings.

Linebackers: B-. Cato June and Derrick Brooks each had seven tackles, while Barrett Ruud had six. But the impact plays we're used to seeing this season didn't materialize.

Secondary: C. Perhaps there's something to being a backup quarterback. The Bucs had trouble corralling WR Andre Johnson and had real difficulty with the Texans' TEs. The corners ended up in coverage against Owen Daniels and Kevin Walter too much, and the Texans TEs won those matchups most of the time.

Special teams: D. They gave up a kickoff return for a touchdown and the coverage was sub-par. Michael Spurlock had a decent day returning kickoffs (28-yard average) but was pressed into punt returns and did nothing. P Josh Bidwell had the best day, pinning four punts inside the 20.

Overall grade: C. It's second-guessing, but maybe Jon Gruden's decision to go for it on 4th-and-2 early in the game wasn't such a hot idea. The Bucs' failure to convert may have set the tone for the entire contest. The Texans defense was then emboldened the whole game and limited the Buccaneers offense from making big plays. Defensively they seemed to struggle in pass coverage, especially against the tight ends. The pass rush was there. So were the turnovers. But their offensive mistakes put the Bucs in a situation they couldn't rebound from.

Bucs at a glance

Record: 8-5.

Playoff pulse: Start preparing for a first-round game at home. There will be no improving their seed after this loss.

What's coming up

Dec. 16: vs. Atlanta. Which QB will the Bucs see? Redman? Leftwich? Harrington? All three? Does it matter?


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