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Bucs come from behind to beat 49ers as Jacquizz Rodgers shines

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The Tampa Bay Bucs have ridden a new weapon all the way to a 3-3 record.

Running back Jacquizz Rodgers, claimed off waivers during the season, has made it so the Bucs don’t miss running back Doug Martin — second in the NFL in rushing a year — nearly as much.

Rodgers ran 26 times for 154 yards Sunday as the Bucs beat San Francisco, 34-17. In less than two weeks, Rodgers has rushed 56 times for 255 yards to lead the Bucs.

With the running threat, quarterback Jameis Winston was able to throw  at the right times, and he hit 21 of 30 for 264 yards and three touchdowns. Receiver Mike Evans caught eight passes for 96 yards and two scores.

“It was no secret,” said Bucs’ coach Dirk Koetter. “The 49ers have been giving up a lot of  yards rushing. We would have been foolish if we didn’t run the ball.

“Jacquizz is durable, nifty. He can break tackles. He’s a solid player and a solid guy. He’s never had a chance to be the featured back. He’s a good between-the-tackles runner.”

The Bucs fell behind 14-0 in the first period, but came back to win its second game in a row. The defense sacked Colin Kaepernick four times. Kwon Alexander had 10 tackles.

Tampa Bay is home next week against Oakland.

 

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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