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Punt return by Jackson helps Bucs sink Texans

Aug 29, 2008 - 3:42 AM HOUSTON (Ticker) -- Dexter Jackson returned a punt 83 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers downed the Houston Texans, 16-6, on Thursday in the preseason finale for both teams.

Jackson, a second-round pick from the Appalachian State team that shocked Michigan in the opening week of college football in 2007, raced around the corner and sprinted down the field untouched early in the second quarter.

"We are excited about that," Tampa Bay coach Jon Gruden said of Jackson's return. "He had a big reverse for us earlier in the game and that guy is really fast. We are happy about that."

Matt Bryant added field goals of 40, 29 and 31 yards in the fourth quarter for the Buccaneers (3-1).

Neither starter Jeff Garcia nor backup Brian Griese took a snap for the Buccaneers. Chris Simms, Josh Johnson and Luke McCown combined to go 22-of-33 for 201 yards and one interception (thrown by Simms).

Garcia has less than two quarters of work in the preseason, but says he will be ready to face the New Orleans Saints on September 7.

"I think my main reps have to come in practice, mentally getting sharp and physically doing what I need to do," Garcia said. "Getting those reps in practice this week, I feel like I will be at a place where I need to be to start the opener."

The Texans (2-2) gave starting quarterback Matt Schaub the night off and their offense followed suit, producing 195 yards behind Shane Boyd, Sage Rosenfels and Alex Brink.

"They pushed us around on the line of scrimmage pretty good," said coach Gary Kubiak, whose Texans open the season in Pittsburgh on September 7.

Kris Brown kicked field goals of 53 and 41 yards for Houston.








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
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    TAMPA BAY 0 7 0 9 16
    HOUSTON 3 3 0 0 6 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: HST - FG, KRIS BROWN 53 YD, 3:49. HOUSTON 3-0
    2ND QUARTER: TAM - TD, DEXTER JACKSON 83 YD PUNT RETURN
    (MATT BRYANT KICK), 1:11. TAMPA BAY
    7-3
    HST - FG, KRIS BROWN 41 YD, 15:00. TAMPA BAY
    7-6
    3

    Aug 28 10:59 PM


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    FG TAM
    MATT BRYANT 31 YD
    TAMPA BAY 16
    HOUSTON 6 1:01 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Buccaneers 16, Texans 6  4th - 1:01Aug 28 10:56 PM
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    Buccaneers 13, Texans 6  4th - 2:00Aug 28 10:51 PM
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    Buccaneers 13, Texans 6  4th - 3:58Aug 28 10:47 PM
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    Buccaneers 13, Texans 6  4th - 6:12Aug 28 10:44 PM


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    FG TAM
    MATT BRYANT 29 YD
    TAMPA BAY 13
    HOUSTON 6 9:10 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Buccaneers 13, Texans 6  4th - 9:10Aug 28 10:32 PM
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    Buccaneers 13, Texans 6  4th - 9:10Aug 28 10:32 PM


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    FG TAM
    MATT BRYANT 40 YD
    TAMPA BAY 10
    HOUSTON 6 13:28 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Buccaneers 10, Texans 6  4th - 13:28Aug 28 10:19 PM


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    END, 3RD QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    TAMPA BAY 0 7 0 7
    HOUSTON 3 3 0 6 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: HST - FG, KRIS BROWN 53 YD, 3:49. HOUSTON 3-0
    2ND QUARTER: TAM - TD, DEXTER JACKSON 83 YD PUNT RETURN
    (MATT BRYANT KICK), 1:11. TAMPA BAY
    7-3
    HST - FG, KRIS BROWN 41 YD, 15:00. TAMPA BAY

    Aug 28 10:15 PM


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    FG HST
    KRIS BROWN 41 YD
    TAMPA BAY 7
    HOUSTON 6 0:00 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Buccaneers 7, Texans 6  HalfAug 28 9:23 PM
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    Buccaneers 7, Texans 3  2nd - 1:55Aug 28 9:19 PM


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    TD TAM
    DEXTER JACKSON 83 YD PUNT RETURN
    (MATT BRYANT KICK)
    TAMPA BAY 7
    HOUSTON 3 13:49 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Buccaneers 7, Texans 3  2nd - 13:49Aug 28 9:04 PM


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    END, 1ST QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    TAMPA BAY 0 0
    HOUSTON 3 3 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: HST - FG, KRIS BROWN 53 YD, 3:49. HOUSTON 3-0

    Aug 28 8:41 PM


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    FG HST
    KRIS BROWN 53 YD
    TAMPA BAY 0
    HOUSTON 3 11:11 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Buccaneers 0, Texans 3  1st - 11:11Aug 28 8:15 PM