NFL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Oakland|
(Sunday, November 4th)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 42, Oakland 32
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Doug Martin rushed for career highs of 251
yards and four touchdowns, while a pair of late interceptions helped derail an
Oakland comeback as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Raiders, 42-32, in Week
Josh Freeman finished 18-of-30 for 247 yards and a pair of scores through the
air for the Buccaneers (4-4), who have won three of their last four outings.
Mike Williams added 68 yards and one touchdown on four receptions, with
Vincent Jackson posting a TD grab to cap Tampa's first-ever win in
"It took a while for me to get used to the offense and for the game to slow
down," Martin said. "But through the first few games of the season, it has
started to slow down for me, so I can get comfortable and start playing my
Carson Palmer threw for 414 yards and four touchdowns but was intercepted
three times on 39-of-61 efficiency for the Raiders (3-5), whose two-game win
streak was halted.
Marcel Reece led the receiving corps with 95 yards and one score on eight
catches, while Brandon Myers totaled two TD receptions and 59 yards in a
Darren McFadden departed in the second quarter with a leg injury after gaining
just 17 yards on seven carries. X-rays taken proved negative.
"We were unable to really run the football because we were chasing points, so
we needed to score quickly," Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. "We were
effective throwing the football, but when you put the ball in the air that
many times, sometimes things can go bad."
The Raiders began their comeback effort early in the fourth as Palmer hit
Myers, who dove for the pylon on a four-yard TD pass and a 28-17 contest.
Martin struck back, this time for a 70-yard TD, to make it 35-17 on the
visitors' next play from scrimmage, but the hosts came right back with a 1-
yard Palmer-to-Myers connection.
Though the Bucs recovered an onside kick, Oakland recovered a LeGarrette
Blount fumble at its own 35. Eleven plays later, Reece's 13-yard touchdown
reception pulled the hosts within 35-30. Juron Criner's leaping catch in the
end zone made it a three-point spread with 3:51 to play.
Oakland got the ball back with 2:42 on the clock, at its own 38-yard line. Two
plays in, Palmer was picked off by Ahmad Black, who returned the ball to the
Martin handled the ball on all three plays, and his one-yard dash provided a
42-32 advantage with 1:49 to go. E.J. Biggers then intercepted Palmer on the
following series, and Tampa ran off the remaining time in four plays.
Sebastian Janikowski's 29-yard field goal was the lone score of the opening
Tampa Bay responded on its next series, which bled into the second period, as
Freeman connected with Jackson in the back-right corner of the end zone for a
Oakland took the lead back with 1:20 to play before halftime, as Rod Streater
hauled in a 25-yard heave from Carson.
The Bucs made it to the Raiders' 36-yard line as time wound down, but Connor
Barth's 54-yard try fell short and wide left on the final play.
Martin broke several tackles en route to a 45-yard touchdown run to give Tampa
a 14-10 lead on its first drive of the second half, then Williams was able to
grab a Freeman pass in the end zone from four yards out just past the midway
point of the third quarter for a 21-10 edge.
Martin added another long jaunt, a 67-yard dash to paydirt, to put the Bucs
ahead 28-10 with 2:15 remaining in the quarter.
Martin, an Oakland native, became the first back to score three touchdowns on
runs of at least 45 yards in the last 72 years ... James Wilder held the
previous Buccaneers single-game rushing record with 219 yards in a 17-12 win
over Minnesota on Nov. 6, 1983 ... The Raiders accumulated 25 first downs and
424 total yards, to 515 yards and 23 first downs for the Buccaneers ...
Oakland has won 6 of 9 all-time meetings.
11/04 22:48:41 ET