Better Start, Rough Finish As Bucs Fall To Fins, 20-14
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Backup quarterback Matt Moore led the Miami Dolphins on two touchdown drives in a 20-14 preseason victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday night.
The Dolphins took advantage of a mistake by Bucs rookie Mike Evans.
Evans, the Bucs’ first-round pick from Texas A&M, caught a short pass from Mike Glennon in the second quarter and after breaking a tackle, sprinted down the sideline toward a 42-yard touchdown which could have given the Bucs a 14-3 lead.
After a review of the original touchdown call, however, it was ruled that Miami cornerback Brent Grimes had punched the ball out of Evans’ hands just before Evans crossed the goal line. The fumble went through the end zone, giving the Dolphins (1-1) the ball.
Moore drove the Dolphins 71 yards to a touchdown in the final 1:41 of the first half, completing 6 of 8 passes including a 9-yard touchdown pass to Rishard Matthews that gave Miami a 10-7 lead over the Bucs (0-2) with 8 seconds left in the half.
Moore completed 21-yard passes to Kevin Cone and Armon Binns on Miami’s first possession of the second half, a nine-play, 71-yard touchdown drive.
Rookie running back Damien Williams ran 1 yard for the touchdown that gave Miami a 17-7 lead with 8:58 left in the third quarter. John Potter added a 51-yard field goal made it 20-7 with 4:30 left in the third.
Moore completed 13 of 19 passes for 158 yards and a touchdown.
Ryan Tannehill completed 9 of 14 passes for 110 yards, including a 16-yard completion to Matthews that set up the game’s first score. Potter’s 48-yard field goal put the Dolphins up 3-0 with 4:47 left in the first quarter.
Tannehill fumbled on the first play of the second quarter while being sacked by Gerald McCoy. Michael Johnson recovered, setting up the Bucs at the Miami 25-yard line.
Four plays later, Josh McCown threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Vincent Jackson to give the Bucs a 7-3 lead.
The Bucs’ other touchdown came with 14 seconds left on Mike Kafka’s 13-yard pass to Lavelle Hawkins.
McCown completed 5 of 7 for 46 yards in three series.
Brady Quinn, who signed with the Dolphins on Tuesday, played the final quarter and part of the third, completing all four of his passes for 22 yards.
NOTES: The Dolphins will play the Dallas Cowboys next Saturday night in their preseason home opener. The Bucs will travel to Buffalo to play the Bills next Saturday.
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