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Postgame Notes: Bucs at Bills

Posted Aug 23, 2014

Postgame notes from the Buccaneers vs. Bills preseason game on Saturday August 23rd.


- On the game’s opening possession, S Dashon Goldson stopped the Bills drive with an interception of Buffalo QB E.J. Manuel. It was the first preseason interception of his career.


- WR Robert Herron, LB Danny Lansanah and S Bradley McDougald each recorded their first starts as Buccaneers in either the preseason or regular season.


- Following a Tampa Bay turnover, the Buccaneers quickly regained possession, with LB Lavonte David forcing a fumble from Bills RB C.J. Spiller, which was recovered by LB Mason Foster and returned 24 yards.


- On the ensuing possession, the Buccaneers took advantage of the short field, scoring on a 1-yard rush by RB Doug Martin. The rushing touchdown was Martin’s first of the preseason and his third career preseason rushing touchdown.


- K Connor Barth put the Buccaneers up, 10-0, on the team’s first possession of the second quarter, connecting on a 43-yard field goal attempt. Barth is now 2-for-2 on field goals this preseason, both over 40 yards.


- Midway through the second quarter, Buccaneers DE Adrian Clayborn and DE Michael Johnson combined for a sack of Manuel, with Johnson forcing a fumble that was recovered by DT Clinton McDonald and returned 17 yards for a touchdown. It was McDonald’s first career preseason fumble recovery and the first touchdown of his career, preseason or regular season.


- DE Larry English recorded his first sack as a member of the Buccaneers and the fourth of his preseason career in today’s game. English finished the game with 2.0 sacks, becoming the first Buccaneer to record multiple sacks in a preseason game since 2013 (DE Trevor Scott, 8/24/13 at Miami).


- At the close of the first half, the Buccaneers ended an 11-play, 82-yard drive with a 24-yard touchdown pass from QB Josh McCown to WR Mike Evans. McCown now has touchdown passes in consecutive preseason games. For Evans, the scoring grab marks his first career receiving touchdown.


- The Buccaneers entered halftime with a 24-0 advantage over Buffalo. The last time the Buccaneers had a first half lead of 24 points in the regular season was in 2001, against New Orleans, leading 30-0 at the half (12/23/01).


- The last preseason game where the Buccaneers scored 24 points in a half was against Houston in 2007 (8/28), entering the break with a lead of 24-17.


-DE Steven Means recorded a sack in today’s game, his first of the 2014 preseason. He now has 2.0 career preseason sacks. The Buccaneers finished today’s game with 5.0 sacks.