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Ronald Jones sets franchise record with 98-yard touchdown run

The play is tied for the longest in the franchise’s 44-plus-season history.
Bucs running back Ronald Jones (27) runs for a 98-yard touchdown against the Panthers during the third quarter. [ GERRY BROOME | Associated Press ]
Updated Nov 15, 2020

Backed up to the fringe of his goal line in Sunday’s third quarter, Tom Brady handed off to Ronald Jones hoping the third-year tailback would make a little headway.

He made a little history instead.

Jones' 98-yard scoring run not only was the franchise’s longest touchdown from scrimmage, but the longest offensive play in its 44-plus-season existence. The Bucs' only other 98-yard play, an interception return for a TD by Shelton Quarles against Green Bay on Oct. 7, 2001.

The previous record for longest offensive play: a 95-yard pass play from Josh Freeman to Vincent Jackson against the Saints at home on Oct. 21, 2012. The Bucs' longest run before Sunday: an 84-yarder by Doug Martin at Philadelphia on Nov. 22, 2015.

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Neither of those plays, however, resulted in touchdowns.

Backed up to the fringe of his goal line in Sunday’s third quarter, Tom Brady handed off to Ronald Jones hoping the third-year tailback would make a little headway.

He made a little history instead.

Jones' 98-yard scoring run not only was the franchise’s longest touchdown from scrimmage, but the longest offensive play in its 44-plus-season existence. The Bucs' only other 98-yard play, an interception return for a TD by Shelton Quarles against Green Bay on Oct. 7, 2001.

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