Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Bobby Rainey took a handoff from quarterback Mike Glennon, hit the hole and was gone, bolting 80 yards for a touchdown on just the second play from scrimmage.
“When I [saw] the opening, I just hit it. I just kept running,” Rainey said after the game. “I have a habit of looking back. This time I told myself, ‘I’m not looking back. I’m just running.'”
It happened in 18 seconds, becoming the fastest touchdown scored in team history, and also the longest touchdown run, setting up a 27-6 win over the Buffalo Bills.
“We couldn’t have scripted that any better. It was a great momentum shift. We kind of punched them in the belly and we kept it going,” said offensive tackle Donald Penn on the play’s impact.
“I thought it was a tremendous run. Second-play of the game and wow, he’s out of the gate,” said head coach Greg Schiano. “Sometimes when you make the safety miss, if you can get it to the second level, it’s a footrace. I didn’t know if he was going to outrun everybody. I haven’t seen him in that position. I was really pleased to see that.”
Rainey finished the game with 127 rushing yards on 22 carries and now has 433 for the season — not bad for a player released by the Cleveland Browns less than two months ago who is on his third NFL team in two years.
“As good as he’s playing, I’m surprised we were able to get him,” said Penn. “He’s a good running back. He’s a real good running back. That’s the nature of this beast. That’s how I got where I’m at. Somebody goes down and you’ve got to step up and do your best. He’s doing a good job of it. Glad to have that guy, that he was able to get picked up and come help our team out.”