Martin, Buccaneers race past Vikings, 36-17

Martin, Buccaneers race past Vikings, 36-17
October 25, 2012, 11:55 pm
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin, left, runs from Minnesota Vikings strong safety Jamarca Sanford during the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Rookie Doug Martin racked up 214 total yards and two touchdowns, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers blew out Minnesota 36-17 on Thursday night to hand the Vikings their first home loss of the season.

Martin took a screen pass 64 yards for a score, one of three touchdowns thrown by Josh Freeman, to give Tampa Bay a 27-10 lead 1:21 into the second half. Then Martin, the first-round draft pick from Boise State, capped a drive of more than 9 minutes with a 1-yard muscle into the end zone midway through the fourth quarter to crush the comeback opportunity for Minnesota (5-3).

Adrian Peterson 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 directly to a touchdown by the Buccaneers (3-4).