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Stat Shots: Bucs-Saints

Posted Dec 31, 2013

A closer look inside the statistics from Tampa Bay's season finale in New Orleans on Sunday, including Tiquan Underwood's strong yards-per-catch totals and a fine finish by Adrian Clayborn


STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • WR Tiquan Underwood needed just 24 catches to score four touchdowns in 2013
  • DE Adrian Clayborn is the Buccaneers' first 60-tacke, six-sack defender since 2009
  • The Bucs' 10 turnover ratio is their best mark ever in a non-playoff season
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost to the New Orleans Saints, 42-17, at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana on Sunday, a season-ending contest that included Mike Glennon's record-tying eighth game as a rookie with two touchdown passes.  Here are some of the more notable statistics and milestones from Sunday's game:
  • WR Tiquan Underwood caught five passes for 93 yards in the Superdome, the second-highest single-game yardage total of his career after a 108-yard performance at Detroit on Nov. 24.  Underwood got a big chunk of those yards on a 48-yard touchdown catch on a flea-flicker play, with RB Bobby Rainey taking a handoff and then flipping it back to QB Mike Glennon for the deep throw downfield.  Sunday's totals left Underwood with 24 catches for 440 yards and four touchdowns on the season, an average of 18.3 yards per catch.  Of all the seasons in Buccaneer history in which a player has caught at least 20 passes, Underwood's yards per catch mark is the ninth-highest ever.
  • Underwood scored four times on 24 catches, averaging one end zone trip every six grabs.  His total of 24 catches is tied for the sixth-lowest total in team history needed to reach four touchdowns in a single season, and is tied for the third-lowest among wideouts.  Here are the top seven seasons on that rather specific list, ranked by fewest overall receptions:

Player

Pos.

Year

TDs

Recs.

Larry Mucker

WR

1979

5

14

Reidel Anthony

WR

2000

4

15

Jerramy Stevens

TE

2007

4

18

Dave Moore

TE

1997

4

19

Dave Moore

TE

1999

5

23

Tiquan Underwood

WR

2013

4

24

Kevin House

WR

1980

4

24

 

  • QB Mike Glennon finished off his promising rookie season with another two-touchdown performance in New Orleans, giving him eight such games in just 13 starts.  That tied the NFL's all-time record for a rookie quarterback, first set by the New York Giants' Charlie Conerly in 1948.  Conerly had a very interesting debut season, throwing for 2,175 yards and 22 touchdowns while playing in just 12 games and starting just four, but that had more to do with the way football teams lined up in the 1940s.  Conerly was the Giants' primary passer, throughinw 299 of their 363 passes on the year.  In the modern era, no rookie quarterback had matched Conerly's mark until last year, when both Seattle's Russell Wilson and Washington's Robert Griffin III both did it.  Wilson started 16 games in his rookie campaign and Griffin started 15, so the Bucs' Glennon has the highest percentage of multiple-touchdown games among those three to recently tie Conerly's mark.
-- WR Tiquan Underwood averaged 18.3 yards per reception in 2013
  • Of course, in the process, Glennon easily surpassed the Buccaneers' previous record for TD passes by a rookie, a mark he has been padding for weeks, finally reaching 19.  Here are the top 10 rookie TD-pass campaigns in franchise annals:

Player, Year

TDs

1. Mike Glennon, 2013

19

2. Josh Freeman, 2009

10

3. Bruce Gradkowski, 2006

9

4t. Shaun King, 1999

7

4t. Doug Williams, 1978

7

6. Vinny Testaverde, 1987

5

7. Steve Young, 1985

3

8t. Trent Dilfer, 1994

1

8t. Parnell Dickinson, 1976

1


  • And, of course, Glennon shattered the previous passing yardage record for Buccaneer rookies, becoming the first one ever to crack 2,000 yards.  Here are the top 10:

Player, Year

Yards

1. Mike Glennon, 2013

2,608

2. Josh Freeman, 2009

1,855

3. Bruce Gradkowski, 2006

1,661

4. Doug Williams, 1978

1,170

5. Vinny Testaverde, 1987

1,081

6. Steve Young, 1985

935

7. Shaun King, 1999

875

8. Trent Dilfer, 1994

433

9. Randy Hedberg, 1977

244

10. Parnell Dickinson, 1976

210


  • WR Vincent Jackson add four catches for 35 yards to his excellent 2013 season totals in Sunday's finale, giving him 1,224 yards on the year.  That's the sixth-highest single-season mark in team history, and he is the only Buccaneer to own two of those top six seasons.  In fact, he and Keyshawn Johnson are the only two Bucs to find their way into the top 10 twice, as seen in the list below of the top receiving yardage campaigns in franchise annals:

Player, Year

Yards

1. WR Mark Carrier, 1989

1,422

2. WR Vincent Jackson, 2012

1,384

3. WR Joey Galloway, 2005

1,287

4. WR Keyshawn Johnson, 2001

1,266

5. WR Antonio Bryant, 2008

1,248

6. WR Vincent Jackson, 2013

1,224

7. WR Michael Clayton, 2004

1,193

8. WR Kevin House, 1981

1,176

9. WR Keenan McCardell, 2003

1,174

10. WR Keyshawn Johnson, 2002

1,088


  • Jackson and Johnson are also the only two Bucs ever to surpass 70 catches in two straight seasons (Johnson did it three straight years from 2000-02).  Johnson's 78 grabs on the season rank eighth in team history, as seen in the chart below:

Player, Year

Recs.

1. WR Keyshawn Johnson, 2001

106

2. WR Mark Carrier, 1989

86

3. RB James Wilder, 1984

85

4. WR Keenan McCardell, 2003

84

5t. WR Antonio Bryant, 2008

83

5t. WR Joey Galloway, 2005

83

7. WR Michael Clayton, 2004

80

8. WR Vincent Jackson, 2013

78

9. TE Kellen Winslow, 2009

77

10t. WR Kevin House, 1984

76

10t. WR Keyshawn Johnson, 2002

76


  • The Buccaneers lost the turnover battle in New Orleans, 1-0, something they only did three times in all of 2013.  Even with that one-interception game in the Superdome, the Buccaneers finished seventh in the NFL with a 10 turnover ratio during the regular season.  They were the only team to finish in positive double-digits in that category and not make the playoffs.  That also marks the first time in Buccaneers team history that they finished 10 or better in TO ratio and did not advance to the postseason.

Season

Turnover Ratio

W-L Record

1981

18

9-7

2000

17

10-6

2001

17

9-7

2002

17

12-4

2007

15

9-7

2013

10

4-12


  • With five more grabs in the season finale on Sunday, rookie tight end Tim Wright finished the season with 54, becoming just the third player at his position in franchise history to surpass 50 catches in one campaign.  The top three spots are all owned by Kellen Winslow Jr.  Because he also hauled in his fifth touchdown of the season against New Orleans, Wright joined Winslow as the only Tampa Bay tight ends ever to have at least 50 catches and five touchdowns in one season.  Here are the top five reception totals by a Buccaneer tight end:

Player

Year

Rec.

Yds.

TD

1. Kellen Winslow

2009

77

884

5

2. Kellen Winslow

2011

75

763

2

3. Kellen Winslow

2010

66

730

5

4. Jackie Harris

1995

62

751

1

5. Tim Wright

2013

54

571

5


  • The Buccaneers allowed one kickoff return by Darren Sproles for 22 yards in the season finale, locking their season average at 18.8 yards allowed per runback.  That's the fifth-best season-ending mark in franchise history behind the Buc teams of 1999 (17.6), 1993 (17.8), 2006 (18.4) and 1995 (18.6). The last Buc team to hold opponents below 20 yards per kickoff return for an entire season was the 2009 squad (19.1).
  • G Davin Joseph played in the 100th game of his career in the season finale at New Orleans.
  • DE Adrian Clayborn was the Buccaneers' top defensive performer in the season finale, leading all players with a career-high 10 tackles and recording Tampa Bay's lone sack while also notching four tackles for loss and two quarterback hits.  Those 10 stops gave Clayborn 64 total tackles on the season, and his sack was his sixth of the campaign.  He thus becomes the first Buccaneer to have at least 60 tackles and six sacks in one season since Jimmy Wilkerson (66, 6.0) in 2009. Those 2009 stats were compiled using numbers gleaned from the coaches' film study; Clayborn's 2013 stats are from press box totals, which has now become more standard in the NFL.  Using press box totals, Clayborn is the Bucs' first 60-tackle, six-sack defender since Jovan Haye had 68 and 6.0 in 2007.
  • K Rian Lindell connected on a 54-yard field goal in the third quarter on Sunday, his longest of the season and his longest overall since a 56-yarder in 2009 while he was play8ing for Buffalo (11/29/09 vs. MIA).  Lindell made four of six field goal tries from 50 yards or further in 2013.

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