Buccaneers 23

(1-8, 0-4 away)

Dolphins 25

(4-5, 3-2 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, November 15, 2009

Sun Life Stadium, Miami, FL 

1 2 3 4 T
TB 3 3 3 1423
MIA 6 13 0 625

Top Performers

Passing: J. Freeman (TB) - 196 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: R. Williams (MIA) - 20 CAR, 102 YDS

Receiving: K. Winslow (TB) - 7 REC, 102 YDS

Dolphins march for another late winning score but lose wildcat anchor Brown

Associated Press

MIAMI -- Chad Henne stood on the sideline stewing about the costly interception he had just thrown and rooting for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to score.

Henne wanted the ball back.

Running With A Record

When Ronnie Brown went down Sunday, it gave Ricky Williams a chance to pad his Dolphins franchise record for 100-yard rushing games.

Dolphins History
Player 100-yd. games
Ricky Williams 21
Ronnie Brown 15
Larry Csonka 14
Mercury Morris 10

Tampa Bay obliged, taking the lead with 1:14 to go. Henne then directed a 77-yard drive, Dan Carpenter kicked a 25-yard field goal with 10 seconds remaining and the Miami Dolphins beat the Bucs 25-23 Sunday.

"We had a minute left," Henne said. "It's your time to go out there and make a comeback."

Henne's heroics spoiled the Bucs' comeback led by Josh Freeman, who rallied his team in the fourth quarter for the second time in two NFL starts. The rookie shook off an awful first half and led Tampa Bay to a pair of late touchdowns.

An ill-advised pass by Henne was intercepted to set up Tampa Bay's go-ahead TD. With the Bucs at the Miami 1-yard line, Henne said he wanted them to score quickly to give him more time for a rally.

"It's tough, especially when it's your fault with that interception," he said. "But you can't let it bother you forever."

Miami (4-5) won despite losing running back Ronnie Brown to a right ankle injury in the third quarter. Tampa Bay (1-8) was unable to build momentum after beating Green Bay a week earlier.

The Dolphins fell behind 23-22, then started from their own 16. Henne hit Davone Bess for gains of 25 and 16 yards, and Ricky Williams ran for 27 yards to the 7.

Carpenter came on to kick his fourth field goal, more than compensating for the extra-point attempt he had blocked in the first quarter.

Fast Facts

• The Dolphins snapped a three-game losing streak against the Buccaneers and defeated their cross-state rivals for the first time since 1991.

• Sunday was Ricky Williams' first 100-yard game of the season and 33rd of his career.

• Dolphins kicker Dan Carpenter tied a career high with four field goals.

• The Dolphins beat an NFC team for the first time in three tries this season.

• Tampa Bay's Kellen Winslow recorded his second 100-yard game of the season.

• Rapid Reaction

-- ESPN Stats & Information

Henne, a second-year pro, finished 17-for-31 for 175 yards and improved to 4-2 as a starter.

"I told him after the game in the locker room, 'You grew up today,'" teammate Jason Taylor said. "It's a maturation process. He's going to make mistakes. We all make mistakes. I still do after 13 years. The key is to bounce back when you do, and that's what he did today."

A pivotal replay reversal helped the Dolphins score 10 points in the final 1:25 of the first half. The sequence included a touchdown catch by Kory Sperry, making his NFL debut after being signed from the practice squad Saturday.

"I don't think that much when I'm playing, but when I saw that ball I was thinking, 'Don't drop this,'" Sperry said.

Williams ran for 102 yards for Miami, and Brown rushed for 82 and a touchdown before his injury.

The Dolphins' defense stymied Freeman in the first half. He fumbled a snap under center and Miami recovered to end a Bucs scoring threat. He mishandled a shotgun snap and lost 13 yards to stall another drive. He fumbled twice when sacked, although the Bucs recovered each time.

Then Freeman hit Maurice Stovall with a 33-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the final period to cut Miami's lead to 19-16. Linebacker Quincy Black intercepted Henne at the Dolphins' 26 with 1:43 left, setting up Cadillac Williams' 1-yard touchdown run to put the Bucs ahead -- but only briefly.

Freeman finished 16-for-28 for 196 yards.

"That kid is going to be good," Taylor said. "He has great poise for a young quarterback. He moves around well. I've got a lot of respect for that young kid."

Freeman found little comfort in such praise.

"I feel pretty miserable right now because of the loss," he said. "You hate to lose. That's the only thing on my mind."

The replay review helped Miami build a 13-point halftime lead. With the Bucs at their own 4 late in the first half, Michael Clayton bobbled a pass and Taylor snatched the ball. The throw initially was ruled incomplete, but following a replay review -- and a penalty on an irate Bucs coach Raheem Morris for unsportsmanlike conduct -- the officials credited Taylor with an interception and gave the Dolphins the ball at the Bucs' 8.

Miami scored two play later when Henne hit Sperry for a 5-yard score.

"This loss is solely on me," Morris said. "Getting a personal foul as a head coach is totally unacceptable. I'm taking those points; that's how much we lost by. I should take the blame for that. I used the wrong type of language to the official."

The Bucs' Connor Barth tied an NFL record held by three other kickers when he made three field goals of 50 yards or more. They covered 51, 50 and 54 yards -- the three longest kicks of his career.

Game notes

Dolphins LB Joey Porter will be at practice Monday, coach Tony Sparano said. Porter sat out the game because of a coach's decision. ... The Dolphins beat their cross-state rivals for the first time since 1991. Tampa Bay had won three in a row.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1623
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays6268
Total Yards301374
Yards per play4.95.5
Total Drives1415
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-12-4
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

tbFG11:30Connor Barth 51 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 6 plays, 21 yds, 3:36
miaTD6:40Ronnie Brown 1 Yard Run (Dan Carpenter Kick is No Good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 77 yds, 4:46
miaFG7:25Dan Carpenter 49 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 12 plays, 43 yds, 6:51
tbFG2:42Connor Barth 50 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 8 plays, 37 yds, 4:43
miaTD1:33Kory Sperry 5 Yard Pass From Chad Henne (Dan Carpenter Kick is Good)
Drive info: 2 plays, 8 yds, 0:13
miaFG0:10Dan Carpenter 30 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 6 plays, 40 yds, 0:47
tbFG4:10Connor Barth 54 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 10 plays, 50 yds, 4:18
tbTD15:00Maurice Stovall 33 Yard Pass From Josh Freeman (Connor Barth Kick is Good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 63 yds, 1:56
miaFG6:09Dan Carpenter 45 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 8 plays, 40 yds, 4:48
tbTD1:19Cadillac Williams 1 Yard Run (Connor Barth Kick is Good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 26 yds, 0:29
miaFG0:14Dan Carpenter 25 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 5 plays, 77 yds, 1:04