Glennon hit deep throws to Underwood, Jackson
DETROIT -- Just two weeks ago, the Bucs had just one play of 40 yards or longer in their first nine games, but their big-play success continued Sunday, with more than half their total offense coming on two deep passes to receivers Tiquan Underwood and Vincent Jackson.
The biggest proved to be the game-winner, as quarterback Mike Glennon found Underwood in stride for an 85-yard touchdown, easily the longest of the rookie quarterback's young career and the difference in Sunday's 24-21 victory.
"We've been saving that one. We felt that we were going to have it, and they gave us the exact look we were waiting for," said Glennon, who also connected with Jackson on a 47-yard pass in the second quarter.
That deep ball to Jackson -- his third grab of 40-plus yards in the last two games -- set up a touchdown to Underwood and gave the Bucs a 10-7 lead.
"We try to take our shots each and every week. Mike throws a great ball, and I think we'll continue to do that," Jackson said.
Underwood hadn't caught a pass longer than 30 yards in more than a year, but he caught the deep ball from Glennon and then pushed away from cornerback Chris Houston, breaking away for the longest play of his NFL career. It's the fourth-longest pass play in Bucs' history -- Josh Freeman hit Jackson for a 95-yard pass last season, and Vinny Testaverde had touchdowns of 89 and 91 yards to Willie Drewry in 1990-91.
"We got the coverage we were looking for and Mike put the ball on the money. He threw a great pass," Underwood said. "From there, it was all she wrote. It happened so fast. I just caught it and just tried to run away. I just kept running."