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St.  Louis,  MO (SportsNetwork.com) -  The St. Louis Rams  leaned on a pair of 
rookies  to  beat the Tampa Bay  Buccaneers, 23-13, from the Edward Jones Dome 
on Sunday. 

Zac  Stacy carried  the  ball a  career-high  33  times for  104  yards and  a 
touchdown,  while  fellow rookie Stedman  Bailey added a 27-yard touchdown run 
for  St.  Louis (7-8),  which has  won two  straight overall  and its last two 
meetings against Tampa Bay. 

Kellen Clemens was efficient with 158 yards on 16-of-20 passing in the win. 

Mike  Glennon threw  for 158  yards on  16-of-26 passing  and Vincent  Jackson 
hauled in five passes for 98 yards in the Bucs' (4-11) second straight loss. 

Bobby  Rainey  rushed for 37  yards on  20 carries and  had the lone Tampa Bay 
touchdown. 

"Run  the football,  play good defense and then the other things happen," said 
Rams head coach Jeff Fisher. 

Tampa  Bay opened  the  scoring on  its second  possession,  as Jackson  found 
openings  in a  soft zone coverage from  St. Louis to move the chains. He made 
two  grabs for 52  yards on the drive, including a 30-yard catch on 3rd-and-10 
that moved the Bucs inside the Rams' 5-yard line. 

Rainey rushed off the right end three plays later for a 1-yard score. 

Tampa  Bay  converted all three third  down situations on the 11-play, 85-yard 
march. 

The Rams answered with a methodical 13-play touchdown drive that spanned into 
the second quarter and culminated when Stacy went up the gut and dove over the 
goal line for a 1-yard plunge. 

St.  Louis used a  heavy dose of Stacy during the possession, although not for 
many yards as the rookie toted the rock eight times for 25 yards. 

The Rams were aided  by a pair of Tampa penalties, a roughing the passer call 
on  Adrian  Clayborn along with  encroachment on  Gerald McCoy, to prolong the 
sequence. 

On the ensuing possession, Rainey coughed up the ball when trying to fight for 
extra  yardage.  Alec Ogletree caused the  fumble and William Hayes pounced on 
the loose ball at the Tampa Bay 27. 

St.  Louis  wasted no time  in converting the  turnover into points, as Bailey 
rushed the far sideline on a double reverse for a touchdown. 

Chris  Givens received the  first leg of the reverse and pitched it to Bailey, 
who followed a convoy of blockers down the far sideline before diving into the 
end zone from four yards out for a 14-7 lead. 

Following  a Tampa Bay  punt, St. Louis put together a string of plays to move 
the  ball  inside the  Bucs five, but  Clemens fumbled the  ball on a designed 
quarterback  draw.  McCoy jarred the ball  loose, and Keith Tandy recovered at 
the 4-yard line. 

Tampa  Bay went three-and-out  from there and was forced to punt in the shadow 
of its own goal post. 

The  sloppy  play continued, as  Stacy fumbled on the Rams' next play and the 
Bucs' Lavonte David recovered at midfield. 

The  Bucs  were helped by  a pass interference on  Janoris Jenkins late in the 
first  half  that placed the ball  at the Rams' 9-yard line. James Laurinaitis 
and  Robert  Quinn followed with successive  sacks to force Tampa into a field 
goal  try, in  which Rian Lindell split  the uprights from 35 yards out as the 
half came to a close to pull the Bucs within 14-10. 

"Offensively  we  need to play  better and  execute better," said Glennon. "It 
came down to execution and we need to do our part, flat out play better." 

Tampa  Bay converted  a 4th-and-1 on its  opening drive of the second half and 
Lindell finished it with a 32-yard field goal to cut the deficit to one. 

St.  Louis countered  with a 54-yard boot  off the foot of Greg Zuerlein for a 
17-13 lead. 

The Rams tacked on another field goal after Zuerlein knocked down a short 25- 
yard try to make it a 20-13 game with 11:15 to play in the fourth quarter. 

Earlier  in  the drive,  Clemens rushed for  a yard up  the middle on 4th-and- 
inches.  St.  Louis made it  to the Bucs  six. McCoy came  up with a big sack, 
however, to help stall the march and force the field goal attempt. 

The Bucs took over and moved the ball up to midfield before Glennon was sacked 
and  fumbled  on 3rd-and-3. Laurinaitis stripped  the ball and Hayes was there 
again for the recovery. 

Zuerlein  split the uprights  for the third time in the contest with a 48-yard 
kick that made it a two-possession game with 3:15 to play. 

The duo of Quinn and Chris Long put the game away with back-to-back late sacks 
that sealed it for the Rams. 

Long  rushed the right end on 3rd-and-2 and sacked Glennon for a loss of eight 
right before the two-minute warning. Quinn then followed out with a sack for a 
loss  of four out  of the timeout, and the Rams took over on downs and ran out 
the clock. 

                                   Game Notes 

Jackson  set  a new season-high  for catches (73) with  an 11-yard grab in the 
second  quarter  ... Quinn  finished  with  three sacks  to  set  a St.  Louis 
franchise record with 18 on the season. The St. Louis defense registered seven 
sacks  as  a unit  ... The Bucs  were 1-for-10 on  third downs following their 
lone  touchdown drive ... St. Louis held the ball for just over 34 minutes ... 
The Rams wrap up the season next Sunday at Seattle, while Tampa travels to New 
Orleans.

 
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