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Tampa Bay 36, Minnesota 17

Doug Martin, Buccaneers run wild against Vikings

MINNEAPOLIS — Traveling to Minnesota to play on Thursday night was supposed to be tough for Tampa Bay.

Rookie Doug Martin ran around the field as if he didn’t want to leave.

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Martin racked up 214 total yards and two touchdowns, and the Buccaneers romped to a 36-17 victory to hand the Vikings their first home loss this season.

‘‘It was pretty fun. I'm not going to lie,’’ said Martin, who took a screen pass 64 yards for a score, one of Josh Freeman’s three touchdown passes, to give Tampa Bay a 27-10 lead just 1:21 into the second half.

Then Martin, the first-round draft pick from Boise State, capped a drive of more than nine minutes with a 1-yard run midway through the fourth quarter to crush the comeback hopes of Minnesota (5-3).

Adrian Peterson (15 carries for 123 yards) had a season-long 64-yard run for a score that brought the Vikings to 30-17, but his lost fumble in Minn­esota territory in the second quarter led to a touchdown by the Buccaneers (3-4).

The Bucs, who became just the second visiting team to win on a Thursday night in seven games this season, revived their struggling pass rush with three sacks and flustered Christian Ponder with a heavy dose of blitzes. Ponder finished 19 for 35 for 251 yards, one TD, and a late interception at the end of a desperation drive.

With a 13-point lead, just trying to keep the clock running as quickly as possible, the Bucs could've gone conservative, but they refused to settle. Starting at their 13 with 1:12 left in the third quarter, they plowed their way up the field — Freeman completed four third-and-long passes — and finished off the game with Martin’s third-and-goal touchdown run with 7:03 remaining.

Freeman went 19 for 36 for 262 yards and, most importantly, no turnovers. Mike Williams had one of the touchdowns and 68 yards on six receptions, and the Bucs held the ball for nearly 38 of the 60 minutes.

‘‘Guys are getting more comfortable with what we’re doing and with each other,’’ said Bucs coach Greg Schiano. ‘‘We’re getting better and that’s what you’re supposed to do.’’

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