The Bucs fall to division rivals New Orleans in the Superdome - 11/6/2011
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the New Orleans Saints at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday October 16.
Ntohing beats a win in on national TV in front of a sold out crowd!
By Tom Krasniqi
Doug Martin was born in Oakland and he said during the week that more than 60 family members and friends would attend Sunday’s game in Oakland. And he gave them a show they will never forget. The only “Black Hole” Martin saw were the huge holes in the Raiders defense. In a record setting day, Martin romped for 251 yards and 4 touchdowns as the Bucs held off the Raiders 42-32. Martin set club record with rushing yards and rushing scores in one game.
The Bucs put together a nice drive early but it ended badly. Connor Barth’s 35-yd field goal was blocked by Oakland’s Lamar Houston, who returned it 34 yards to the Bucs’ 44-yard line. The Raiders converted it to a Sebastian Janikowski 27-yd FG to give the Raiders an early 3-0 lead and that’s how the first quarter ended.
The 2nd quarter began in grand style as Josh Freeman hit Vincent Jackson on a 64-yard bomb into Raiders territory. A couple of plays later, Freeman hit Jackson again on a 20-yd TD pass to put the Bucs up 7-3. That capped a 6-play drive spanning 80-yards for Tampa Bay. Penalties nullified big plays in the 2nd quarter. Adam Heyward was flagged for roughing Shane Lechler on a punt. Then, Carson Palmer’s TD pass to Derek Hagan was called back because of a holding penalty. When Oakland was forced to punt again, they faked it when Lechler threw a pass to Taiwan Jones, who fumbled. The ball was recovered by Ronde Barber. Later in the second, Palmer found Rod Streater on a 25-yd TD pass to give the Raiders a 10-7 lead. Streater beat E.J. Biggers on the play. Connor Barth missed a 54-yd FG as the half expired. Raiders led the Bucs 10-7 at halftime.
The second half belonged to Doug Martin and the Bucs. Tampa Bay made good on their first possession of the second half. Martin ripped off a 45-yd TD run to put the Bucs back up 14-10. The Bucs defense stiffened and when Tampa Bay got the ball back, they again marched it down the field. Mike Williams recorded a big 37-yard catch and run on the drive and Williams finished it off on a 5-yd TD reception from Freeman that made it 21-10 Tampa Bay. Late in the 3rd quarter, Martin did it again when he ripped off a 64-yd TD run to make it 28-10 Tampa Bay after three quarters of play. After Palmer and the Raiders cut it 28-17, Martin ripped off a 70-yd TD run to make it 35-17 Bucs early in the 4th quarter. The Raiders made it interesting down the stretch and cut it to 35-22 with over 2-minutes left. But the Bucs got interceptions by Ahmad Black and E.J. Biggers to seal it.
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