TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Jason Campbell looked poised and confident in his debut. Unfortunately for the Washington Redskins, the second-year quarterback no longer had Carnell “Cadillac” Williams behind him to make his job easier.

Williams stole the spotlight from his former Auburn teammate, rushing for 122 yards Sunday and Tampa Bay beat the Redskins 20-17 to end a three-game losing streak.

Rookie Bruce Gradkowski, making his seventh start, threw touchdown passes of 2 yards to Anthony Becht and 34 yards to Joey Galloway, the latter snapping a 10-10 tie midway through the fourth quarter.

Williams’ 26-yard run set up Matt Bryant’s 31-yard field goal, giving the Buccaneers (3-7) a 10-point lead with less than four minutes remaining.

But Campbell and the Redskins (3-7) weren’t finished.

Showing why coach Joe Gibbs drafted him in the first round and benched veteran starter Mark Brunell this week, Campbell led a 14-play, 80-yard drive that he capped with his second TD pass, a 4-yarder to Todd Yoder.

Tampa Bay ran out the clock after Michael Clayton recovered the ensuing onside kick with 32 seconds left.

Campbell completed 19 of 34 passes for 196 yards and no interceptions. He threw a 3-yard TD pass to Chris Cooley for a 10-3 Washington lead in the third quarter.

Williams, last year’s NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, went over 100 yards for the second time this season. Gradkowski was 14-of-21 for 178 yards and one interception, one of two turnovers the Redskins forced after going five games without causing any.

Campbell, the 25th player selected in the 2005 draft, took a snap in a regular-season game for the first time since leading Auburn to a victory in the Sugar Bowl to finish the Tigers’ 2004 unbeaten season. Williams, who has struggled this season after rushing for 1,178 yards, and Miami’s Ronnie Brown were the star running backs on that Auburn team.

While many of the young quarterbacks selected before – and after – him got a chance to play in the season and a half that he rode the bench, Campbell patiently waited his turn. Brunell led the Redskins to the playoffs in 2005 and was given nine games to get the offense on track this year.

Arm strength is one of Campbell’s strongest attributes, and the Redskins tried to exploit it on their first play from scrimmage. Campbell’s deep throw to Brandon Lloyd was on target, but the receiver dropped the pass racing up the sideline just ahead of cornerback Ronde Barber.

Gradkowski, who threw one interception in his first 202 attempts, has now thrown three picks in the last two games. He also lost a fumble early in the second quarter, the first turnover the Redskins had forced since Oct. 1.

Campbell was sacked twice, but for the most part handled Tampa Bay’s pass rush fairly well. He was hurt by the absence of two of Washington’s biggest offensive weapons, running back Clinton Porter and receiver Santana Moss.

The Redskins, who lost Portis for the season with a broken had last week, were held to 64 yards rushing. With Moss sidelined with a hamstring injury, Cooley and running back Ladell Betts were Campbell’s leading receivers with five catches apiece.

AP-ES-11-19-06 1639EST


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