Bucs 27, Falcons 0
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ Rookie Kermit Kendrick returned an interception 22 yards for a touchdown, sparking a defense that allowed only 134 yards as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers shut out Atlanta 27-0 Saturday night for their second straight preseason win.
The Falcons (0-2) managed only 62 yards rushing and 72 passing.
The Falcons managed only one first down in the first quarter and none in the third quarter. Atlanta had possession of the ball for less than 20 minutes.
Tampa Bay quarterback Vinny Testaverde completed six of 10 passes for 72 yards in one half of action. Testaverde, who threw 35 interceptions last year, had his second straight game without an interception.
Lars Tate and Nathan Wonsley scored on short runs for the Bucs.
Wonsley, coming back from a career-threatening neck injury suffered as a rookie in 1986, rushed only three times but gained yardage at critical times and scored once.
The Bucs recovered a fumble on Atlanta’s 26, and Wonsley dove in for the Bucs’ final score.
Tate rushed for 50 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries in the first half. The score came on a leap into the middle for 1 yard early in the second quarter, giving the Bucs a 7-0 lead.
The Bucs’ rushing attack also featured John Harvey, who gained 59 yards on 12 carries in the third quarter.
The Falcons’ second-half quarterback, Paul Singer, threw two interceptions, including the one in the fourth quarter to Kendrick, a free agent from the University of Alabama.