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After fumble, reverse gave Rams lead for good

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December

ST. LOUIS -- With playmaker Tavon Austin sidelined with an ankle injury, the Rams turned to his fellow rookie and former West Virginia receiver Stedman Bailey to come up with the play that gave the Rams the lead for good in Sunday's win.

With the game tied 7-7 in the second quarter, the Bucs had seen RB Bobby Rainey fumble, setting the Rams up at the Tampa Bay 27-yard line. QB Kellen Clemens faked a handoff to RB Zac Stacy to his left, handed off to WR Chris Givens, who ran right and pitched the ball to Bailey, who then followed a wall of blockers down the left side for his first NFL touchdown and a 14-7 lead.

"I think it was a great call with the perfect situation," Bailey said. "We just got a turnover and the defense was probably on their heels. We have never run that before, and it worked out pretty good. ... We've been practicing it and I felt like we had a pretty good chance for it to be an explosive play."

Bucs coach Greg Schiano talks to his players about "sudden change" -- preparing for things after unexpected turns such as a turnover -- but that the execution wasn't there from his defense.

"We made a mistake on that. We had a breakdown," Schiano said. "It is a good play, but it shouldn't be a touchdown because someone should be on that guy. We busted it."

Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, whose defense only gave up two touchdowns on Sunday, said the team didn't respond the way they've been taught in that situation.

"You have to expect a shot to the end zone or a big play or trick play," McCoy said. "We've been trained on that since we got in the league."

[Last modified: Sunday, December 22, 2013 6:14pm]

    

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