TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Instead of sulking this season, a frustrated
Carnell "Cadillac" Williams vowed to keep on running.
Last year's NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year broke a slump with
his most productive game of the season Sunday, rushing for 122
yards to help Tampa Bay beat Washington 20-17 and spoil the debut
of Redskins quarterback and former college teammate Jason Campbell.
"It really has been a while," Williams said after topping 100
yards for only the second time this season.
"First of all, it's good to get a win. And for me to go over
100 yards, for me to get 20-plus carries, it's just a big day."
Campbell looked poised and confident in his first regular season
action for Washington, but the second-year pro might have fared
better if he still had a player like Williams behind him to make
his job easier.
The Redskins, who lost running back Clinton Portis for the
season last week, were held to 64 yards rushing -- placing the
burden on Campbell to carry an offense that's sputtered all year.
"When I went out there I didn't know what to expect, but a lot
of guys were telling me it's just like riding a bicycle. You never
forget," Campbell said.
"It's just a matter of getting back in to the rhythm. Once I
got into the flow of the game, everything seemed to come naturally
Rookie Bruce Gradkowski, making his seventh start, threw
touchdown passes of 2 yards to Anthony Becht and 34 yards to Joey
Galloway, the latter snapping a 10-all tie midway through the
Williams' 26-yard run set up Matt Bryant's 31-yard field goal,
giving the Buccaneers (3-7) a 10-point lead with less than four
But Campbell and the Redskins (3-7) weren't finished.
Showing why coach Joe Gibbs drafted him in the first round and
benched veteran starter Mark Brunell this week, Campbell led a
14-play, 80-yard drive that he capped with his second TD pass, a
4-yarder to Todd Yoder.
"He showed a lot of poise. He's got a big arm. He showed good
command," Bucs coach Jon Gruden said. "I thought the Redskins
rallied around him, too. I was impressed."
"I wish we could have found a way to win it for him," the Hall
of Fame coach said. "But there just wasn't something there to get
it done today."
Tampa Bay ran out the clock after Michael Clayton recovered an
onside kick with 32 seconds left.
Campbell completed 19 of 34 passes for 196 yards and no
interceptions. He threw a 3-yard TD pass to tight end Chris Cooley
for a 10-3 Washington lead in the third quarter.
Williams amassed his season-high rushing total on 27 carries and
also caught two passes for 34 yards.
Tampa Bay has fallen behind early in most of its games, reducing
Williams' role in the offense. His anxiety mounted when he carried
a total of 35 times for 103 yards the previous three weeks.
"I told him: `You're not the Lone Ranger of frustration. You're
not the only guy frustrated," Gruden said. "He's a great back,
and we hope he's on schedule to get another thousand yards."
Gradkowski was 14-of-21 for 178 yards and one interception, one
of two turnovers the Redskins forced after going five games without
Campbell, the 25th player selected in the 2005 draft, took a
snap in a regular-season game for the first time since leading
Auburn to a victory in the Sugar Bowl to finish the Tigers' 2004
unbeaten season. Williams and Miami's Ronnie Brown were the star
running backs on that team.
While many of the young quarterbacks selected before -- and after
-- him got a chance to play in the season and a half that he rode
the bench, Campbell patiently waited his turn. Brunell led the
Redskins to the playoffs in 2005 and was given nine games to get
the offense on track this year.
"Being able to sit for a year and a half, that helped me a
lot," Campbell said. "I didn't feel like I was rushed into a
Arm strength is one of Campbell's strongest attributes, and the
Redskins tried to exploit it on their first play from scrimmage.
Campbell's deep throw to Brandon Lloyd was on target, but the
receiver dropped the pass racing up the sideline just ahead of
cornerback Ronde Barber.
Campbell was sacked twice, but for the most part handled Tampa
Bay's pass rush fairly well. He was hurt by the absence of two of
Washington's biggest offensive weapons, Portis and receiver Santana
Portis broke his hand last week. With Moss sidelined with a
hamstring injury, Cooley and running back Ladell Betts were
Campbell's leading receivers with five catches apiece.<
^Notes: T.J. Ducket led the Redskins in rushing with 26 yards on
five carries. His 18-yard run helped set up Campbell's first TD
pass. ... Bucs TE Alex Smith and CB Juran Bolden left with ankle
injuries. ... Washington's Troy Vincent suffered a hamstring injury
in the first half and did not return.