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Bucs Beat

Rick Stroud, Greg Auman and Matt Baker

Quarter by quarter



First Quarter:

  • Bucs1 A touchdown on the first drive? From the new QB? What team are we watching here? (AP photo)
  • Deuce McAllister makes the Bucs defense look human again with a long run to the Bucs 3-yard line. Ouch. But the D holds and the Saints settle for a field goal.
  • It's 7-3 as the first quarter expires.

Second Quarter:

  • The Bucs start a drive buried on their 10-yard line. Time to really sweat the bad field position normally this season, but a couple of trick plays later and the Bucs are rolling down the field. Eventually though it's punt time.
  • Reggie Bush is making some big plays in the second quarter. You don't need to see the TV to know when he's got the ball -- you can tell from the swell of cheers from the Saints fans.
  • Oh jeesh - can somebody please tackle Deuce? Too late, it's Saints 10, Bucs 7.
  • It's halftime.

Third quarter:

  • The offenses for both teams seem to have fallen asleep. Can legions of Bucs fans watching at home be far behind?
  • Oh great, the Bucs fumbled the ball in their own territory. Reggie Bush can smell the endzone from there.
  • There it is -- a Saints touchdown after the fumble recovery. Saints 17, Bucs 7. Time to see what Gradkowski is made of.
  • And here's the answer: A 52-year toss to Joey Galloway. The Bucs make it inside the Saints' 5-yard line.
  • Mike Alstott scores his first touchdown of the season from the 1 to make it Saints 17, Bucs 14.

Fourth quarter:

  • OK, here we go -- final quarter. It's anybody's game still.
  • A huge run by Cadillac Williams puts the Bucs inside the 10-yard line. Alex Smith gets his first touchdown catch of the year and the Bucs take the lead for the first time since the first quarter. Wow. Bucs 21, Saints 17. Too much time left to get excited though.
  • OK, after a decent Saints drive, the Bucs have the ball back with about 6 minutes left in the game. Can the offense run the clock a little? (The answer: no)
  • Reggie Bush just returned a Bucs punt for a touchdown. The guy gets his first NFL touchdown that way? What more can go wrong for the Bucs this season? Saints 24, Bucs 21.
  • A promising Bucs drive is stopped after a couple of painful but fair penalties. The Bucs turn the ball over on downs at midfield with less than 3 minutes to go and no timeouts left.
  • The Saints are having to punt with 27 seconds left. That gives Gradkowski one last shot. Turns out that's not enough.

So there you go. Final score: Saints 24, Bucs 21. A good job by Gradkowski, but that Reggie Bush punt return was the difference.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 2:43pm]


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