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Sunday, September 18, 1983 - Home Game

LOSS - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16 Minnesota Vikings 19

New Vikings signee Benny Ricardo kicked a 38-yard field goal with 28 seconds remaining to send the game into overtime, then kicked a 42-yarder to win the game. It followed a fake field goal attempt that nearly resulted in an interception of a Steve Dils pass. Bill Capece missed two kicks, including one from 33 yards in overtime.

The Buccaneers squandered two chances at victory: one the missed overtime field goal, the other a 16–13 fourth-quarter lead they lost when a mixup in coverage allowed a 31-yard reception by Terry LeCount that set up a game-tying field goal.

The Vikings took an early 10–0 lead on a LeCount touchdown catch and a Ricardo field goal, but the Buccaneers came back with touchdowns on a James Owens run and a James Wilder reception.

Tommy Kramer and Keith Nord required season-ending surgeries for torn ligaments suffered in the game.

The crowd of 57,567 was the BuccaneersFan smallest attandance since 1980.

GAMEDAY BRIEF

  • WEATHER: Cloudy - 86°F. - Humidity 93% - Wind E. 7mph Wind Chill 85°F.
  • OFFICALS
    • REFEREE: Dick Jorgensen
    • UMPIRE: Neil Gereb
    • LINE JUDGE: Dick McKenzie
    • HEAD LINESMAN: Bob McLaughlin
    • BACK JUDGE: Jim Kearney
    • FIELD JUDGE: Dick Dolack
    • SIDE JUDGE: Dave Hawk
    SCORING
    • VIKINGS: 07:10-1Q LeCount 8 pass from Kramer (Ricardo kick)
    • VIKINGS: 13:49-2Q Ricardo FG29
    • BUCCANEERS: 05:07-2Q Owens 1 run (kick failed)
    • VIKINGS: 00:52-2Q Ricardo FG37
    • BUCCANEERS: 09:33-3Q Capece FG40
    • BUCCANEERS: 08:29-4Q Wilder 5 pass from Thompson (Capece kick)
    • VIKINGS: 00:24-4Q Ricardo FG38
    • VIKINGS: 02C05:33-OT Ricardo FG42apeceFG51
    STARTERS OFFENSE
    • WR: #87 G. Carter
    • LT: #75 D. Reavis
    • LG: #68 G. Yarno
    • C: #50 S. Wilson
    • RG: #62 S. Farrell
    • RT: #70 K. Thomas
    • TE: #88 J. Giles
    • WR: #89 K. House
    • QB: #14 J. Thompson
    • FB: #32 J. Wilder
    • TB: #26 J. Owens
    STARTERS DEFENSE
    • LE: #78 J. Cannon
    • NT: #76 D. Logan
    • RE: #63 L. Selmon
    • LOLB: #59 A. Hawkins
    • LILB: #58 J. Davis
    • RILB: #52 S. Brantley
    • ROLB: #53 H. Green
    • LCB: #21 J. Holt
    • RCB: #40 M. Washington
    • SS: #20 N. Colzie
    • FS: #34 C. Brown
    SUBSTITUTIONS
    • 1 Morton, 3 Capece, 5 Garcia, 8 Hewko, 22 Smith, 23 Castille, 24 Morris, 28 Carver, 43 Middleton, 44 O'Steen, 54 Wood, 55 Spradlin, 56 Johnson, 57 Leonard, 60 Grimes, 65 Stalls, 66 Reese, 69 Arbubakrr, 74 Sanders, 81 Tyler, 82 J Bell, 83 T Bell, 85 Witte, 86 Obradovich, 90 White
    DID NOT PLAY
    • 11 Golsteyn, 72 Snell
    INACTIVE
    • none.

    INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

    RUSHING
    • BUCCANEERS: Owens 22-55, Wilder 16-45, Thompson 2-12, Morton 2-2.
    • VIKINGS: Brown 21-61, Nelson 8-15, Kramer 1-8, Dils 2-4, Galbreath 1-2.
    PASSING
    • BUCCANEERS: Thompson 30-17-192-2-1
    • VIKINGS: Dils 33-16-205-0-0, Kramer 8-8-78-0-1, LeCount 1-0-0-0-0.
    RECIEVING
    • BUCCANEERS: Carter 5-85, Wilder 4-35, T.Bell 3-33, Owens 2-9, House 1-12, Obradovich 1-9, Tyler 1-9.
    • VIKINGS: Brown 7-58, Young 6-94, LeCount 6-92, Bruer 2-30, White 1-7, Nelson 1-5, Galbreath 1-(-3).
    INTERCEPTIONS
    • BUCCANEERS: none.
    • VIKINGS: Swain 1-0, Turner 1-0.
    KICK RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Morton 3-74, Owens 1-22, Carver 1-11.
    • VIKINGS: Redwine 2-49, Nelson 2-32.
    PUNT RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Tyler 2-5, T.Bell 1-8.
    • VIKINGS: Bess 2-16.
    SACKS
    • BUCCANEERS: Cannon 1-10, Hawkins 1-8, Selmon 1-1.
    • VIKINGS: none.

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