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Amid mistakes, Glennon made plays to help Bucs win



TAMPA -- Statistically, it wasn't Mike Glennon's best game, with season lows for yards and completion percentage and his first two-interception day since his debut. But he also threw two touchdown passes Sunday, outplaying a fellow rookie in Buffalo's EJ Manuel in the Bucs' 27-6 win against the Bills.

"Some of those balls I would like to have back, but we'll see what happened (on video)," Glennon said after his fourth win of the season. "They're a really good defense, leading the league in sacks, and to only give up one sack shows how well our offensive line did."

Glennon had touchdown throws to Vincent Jackson and Tim Wright in the first half, but finished just 9-for-25 passing -- 36 percent, after hitting at least 50 percent in each of his first nine starts. His 90 yards are also a season-low, and he threw two interceptions, giving him four turnovers in two games after totaling just one interception in the previous six games.

"We did pull in the reins a little in the second half," coach Greg Schiano said, asked about Glennon's game. "The one interception, Vincent feel down, so that's a tough one, but the other interception, he'd like to have that throw back."

Glennon's two touchdown passes were two more than Buffalo's Manuel, a rival of Glennon's from high school and college -- Glennon helped N.C. State upset Florida State and Manuel just last year. Manuel finished with four interceptions, as many as he'd thrown all season before Sunday, showing the importance of limiting mistakes as a young quarterback.

Glennon already has the team's rookie records for touchdown passes (15) and passing yards (2,052), and Sunday was his sixth game with multiple touchdown passes, two more than any other rookie QB in Bucs history.

[Last modified: Sunday, December 8, 2013 7:26pm]


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