Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Roberto Aguayo's missed kicks trigger Bucs' slide to 37-32 loss to Rams

Roberto Aguayo, right, reacts after missing a field goal against the Rams; he also misses an extra point.

LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

Roberto Aguayo, right, reacts after missing a field goal against the Rams; he also misses an extra point.

TAMPA — Bucs rookie K Roberto Aguayo struggled for the second straight game, missing an extra point and a 41-yard field goal in a five-point loss to the Rams on Sunday.

"Obviously you can't miss an extra point, and the field goal is more difficult, but that was just one of many things that we didn't do good enough tonight," coach Dirk Koetter said.

Aguayo, a second-round pick out of Florida State, missed a field goal last week after going 5-for-5 on kicks in the season opener.

"That wasn't my day," Aguayo said. "I'm just excited for next week, to move on. Excited to get back to my craft."

The missed kicks cost the Bucs. Down 31-26 in the fourth quarter after a touchdown, they had to go for two and missed; down 37-32, they went for two again and missed again.

"We said it on the headphones right after the extra point: You play that game the rest of the game," Koetter said of going for two. "You're in that mess of figuring out the two-point chart the rest of the night, and it hurt us."

Up 37-26 with 4:38 to play, the Rams failed on a two-point conversion. There's no obvious reason why a team would not kick the point after for a 12-point lead, in which case a touchdown and field goal cannot tie the score.

THREE ALREADY: WR Mike Evans had three touchdowns all of last season, but now has touchdowns in each of the Bucs' first three games to match his output from all of 2015. He had 10 catches for 132 yards, catching his touchdown from Jameis Winston with 2:15 left as Tampa Bay pulled within a touchdown.

CAREER HIGH: WR Adam Humphries reset his career highs with nine catches for 100 yards as he and Evans emerged as Winston's top targets. Humphries' emergence came as the Bucs continue to use veteran WR Vincent Jackson less — he had two targets before the final drive, then got four on the final drive, catching one for 15 yards. Evans had 13 targets and Humphries 12.

STEPPING IN: With RB Doug Martin sidelined by a hamstring injury, Charles Sims stepped in as starter — while he was held to 6 yards on six carries in the first half, he finished with more than 100 yards of total offense, rushing for 55 yards and catching six passes for 69 yards.

TAKEAWAYS, FINALLY: The Bucs waited three games for their first takeaway, but it was a big one, as LB Kwon Alexander intercepted a Case Keenum pass and returned it 37 yards for a touchdown. The Bucs also had LB Lavonte David force a fumble that was recovered by S Chris Conte, leading to another touchdown.

THIS AND THAT: Undrafted rookie DE DaVonte Lambert made his first start, filling in for the injured Robert Ayers. Lambert had two tackles. … WR Freddie Martino made his debut, on the kneeldown play to end the first half.

Contact Greg Auman at gauman@tampabay.com and (813) 310-2690. Follow @gregauman.

Roberto Aguayo's missed kicks trigger Bucs' slide to 37-32 loss to Rams 09/25/16 [Last modified: Monday, September 26, 2016 12:36am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. For starters: Rays at Twins, looking for another with Odorizzi starting

    Blogs

    UPDATE, 11:01: No Dickerson today as the Rays go with seven right-handers.

    Here is the lineup:

  2. Why the Lightning would consider trading Jonathan Drouin

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — This summer, the Lightning could trade one of its most dynamic young players ever.

    Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Jonathan Drouin (27) celebrates with his team on the bench after beating Chicago Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling (33) to score his second goal of the period and to tie the score at 4 to 4 during second period action at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Monday evening (03/27/17).
  3. Why the Lightning should keep Jonathan Drouin

    Lightning Strikes

    Keep him.

    Jonathan Drouin is live bait. The Lightning is ready to run the hook through him and cast him out there again. Drouin has enough talent for the Lightning to meet some defensive needs in a deal.

    Keep him.

    Lightning wing Jonathan Drouin celebrates after beating Los Angeles Kings goalie Peter Budaj during the first period of Tuesday's win in Tampa. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times]
  4. This Tampa Bay Lightning wing rides the newest wave of fan interaction

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — There are photos of Lightning fan Shaun Egger as a toddler at center ice at the then-Thunderome, aka Tropicana Field. He's played in the Lightning's high school hockey league for Palm Harbor University. But his closest personal encounter with players had been waving through a crowd after a training camp …

    Tampa Bay Lightning player J.T. Brown wears his anti UV glasses as he talks over the headset with a hockey fan while they play against each other on line in an XBOX NHL video game in Brown's game room at his home in south Tampa. The fan chose to be the Washington Capitals and Brown, of course, was the Tampa Bay Lightning. Brown interacts with fans through video game systems as he streams the games live on Twitch with plans for the proceeds to go to charity.
  5. ‘Biggest fight' behind her, Petra Kvitova returns ahead of schedule

    Tennis

    PARIS — Five months after a home invader's knife sliced into her left hand, Petra Kvitova will return to competitive tennis at the French Open, a last-minute decision to make her comeback earlier than expected.

    Petra Kvitova adjusts her hair during a news conference at Roland Garros Stadium, where she will make her tennis return at the French Open. Kvitova's left hand was badly injured by a knife-wielding intruder in December; she has recovered ahead of schedule. [Associated Press]