Redskins top Bucs, QB decision looms for ShanahanSep 2, 2011 - 3:16 AM Landover, MD (Sports Network) - John Beck's uninspiring performance has left more questions than answers in the Washington quarterback competition.
Beck finished just 10-of-21 for 108 yards and an interception, leaving head coach Mike Shanahan with a big decision to make before the Redskins open the season next Sunday against the Giants. Shanahan will choose either Beck or veteran Rex Grossman to start under center.
The backups went back and forth in the fourth quarter with Donte Stallworth's 41-yard touchdown reception proving to be the difference in Washington's 29-24 victory over Tampa Bay.
Former Penn State standout Evan Royster, fighting for a roster spot, finished with 44 yards on the ground and a touchdown, while Stallworth grabbed five balls for 80 yards. Ryan Torain ran for 73 yards on a team-leading 17 carries.
The Buccaneers' main offensive stars, quarterback Josh Freeman and running back LeGarrette Blount, both sat out the preseason finale. Rudy Carpenter started under center, completing just 9-of-18 passes for 211 yards and a touchdown. Tampa Bay hosts Detroit in its season opener next Sunday.
Washington scored the game's first 17 points, highlighted by Brandon Banks' highlight-reel 95-yard punt return for a score. Tampa Bay made things interesting with a flurry in the second half, including a 96-yard touchdown strike from Carpenter to rookie Ed Gant.
The Bucs took their first lead on Jonathan Crompton's 20-yard touchdown pass to Armando Allen late in the fourth quarter, but Kellen Clemens answered with a 5-play, 74-yard march that resulted in Stallworth's game-winning score.
- TAMPA BAY: 24
Sep 1 11:01 PM
- == Preseason == Washington Touchdown - 41-yard pass from Kellen Clemens to Donte' Stallworth
Buccaneers 24, Washington 29 4th - 1:07Sep 1 10:54 PM
- == Preseason == Tampa Bay Touchdown - 20-yard pass from Jonathan Crompton to Armando Allen.
Buccaneers 24, Washington 23 4th - 2:07Sep 1 10:39 PM
- == Preseason == Tampa Bay Field Goal - 21-yarder by Jacob Rogers.
Buccaneers 16, Washington 23 4th - 4:12Sep 1 10:29 PM
- == Preseason == Washington Field Goal - 35-yarder by Graham Gano.
Buccaneers 13, Washington 23 4th - 9:11Sep 1 10:19 PM
- TAMPA BAY: 13
End of 3rd
Sep 1 10:02 PM
- == Preseason == Washington Field Goal - 27-yarder by Graham Gano.
Buccaneers 6, Washington 20 3rd - 0:58Sep 1 9:53 PM
- == Preseason == Tampa Bay Field Goal - 49-yarder by Jacob Rogers.
Buccaneers 6, Washington 17 3rd - 6:43Sep 1 9:42 PM
- TAMPA BAY: 3
Sep 1 9:11 PM
- == Preseason == Tampa Bay Field Goal - 42-yarder by Conner Barth.
Buccaneers 3, Washington 17 2nd - 0:17Sep 1 9:10 PM
- == Preseason == Washington Field Goal - 22-yarder by Graham Gano.
Buccaneers 0, Washington 17 2nd - 9:20Sep 1 8:42 PM
- == Preseason == Washington Touchdown - 95-yard punt return by Brandon Banks. (Graham Gano ki
Buccaneers 0, Washington 14 2nd - 12:15Sep 1 8:29 PM
- TAMPA BAY: 0
End of 1st
Sep 1 8:21 PM
- == Preseason == Washington Touchdown - 1-yard run by Evan Royster. (Graham Gano kick).
Buccaneers 0, Washington 7 1st - 0:24Sep 1 8:18 PM
- TAMPA BAY: 0
1st Quarter - 15:00
Sep 1 7:43 PM
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