Keenum shines as Rams slice up Bucs in possible farewell

Fri Dec 18, 2015 1:11am EST
 
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(Reuters) - Quarterback Case Keenum sliced up the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' defense, throwing for 234 yards and two touchdowns as the St Louis Rams bagged a 31-23 victory in what could be their last game at Edward Jones Dome on Thursday.

Keenum completed 14-of-17 passes as the Rams (6-8), who are one of three franchises angling for a move to Los Angeles, gave the announced crowd of 51,295 plenty of excuses to wave the gold towels that matched the team's all-gold uniforms.

"There's no telling what will happen but the fans today were incredible," Keenum told reporters. "To show like they did... it was a great atmosphere tonight."

Wide receiver Tavon Austin scored a pair of touchdowns, including a 21-yard run on a reverse with 5:35 left in the third quarter for a 28-6 lead.

Running back Benny Cunningham added a 102-yard kickoff return to the Tampa Bay three to set up a 19-yard field goal by Greg Zuerlein in the fourth quarter.

Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston completed 29-of-50 passes for 363 yards and fourth quarter touchdowns to tight ends Luke Stocker and Austin Seferian-Jenkins.

Winston also threw an interception and lost a fumble to abort second-half drives.

Kicker Connor Barth booted three field goals for Tampa Bay (6-8), who had harbored wild-card playoff hopes until losing the last two games.

St Louis dominated the first half with an infrequent display of offense, using big plays to produce three touchdowns. Austin made it 7-0 just over three minutes into the game by taking a short pass from Keenum and bolting 17 yards.   Continued...

 
Dec 17, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams quarterback Case Keenum (17) drops back on a play in the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at the Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports