TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa Bay's status as the NFL's only winless team didn't last long.
Rookie Mike Glennon threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to tackle Donald Penn and led a long fourth-quarter TD drive to put the Buccaneers ahead for good in a 22-19 victory over the embattled Miami Dolphins on Monday night.
Former Western Kentucky star Bobby Rainey's 1-yard run capped an 80-yard drive, and the Bucs held on the final 10 minutes to become the last team in the league to win this season.
Jacksonville beat Tennessee on Sunday, leaving Tampa Bay (1-8) as the league's only winless team entering the game.
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Rainey, who set up his TD run with a 31-yard run to the 1-yard line, finished with 36 yards rushing and one catch for 11 yards. He also had one kickoff return for 15 yards.
"Bobby really stepped up; both him and Brian Leonard did a great job stepping up when Mike James went down," Glennon said. "He's only been here for a few weeks, and to make the plays that he did shows that he’s a special player. Now's going to be the time for both of those guys to take the role going forward."
James, the Bucs' starting running back, ran five times for 41 yards on the opening drive before leaving the game with a broken left ankle.
"I was like, 'What's going on Mike, do you have a cramp?'" Rainey told The Tampa Tribune. "I didn’t see anything. Then I knew me and Leonard were up next. The guys came up to me and said, 'Let's go, Bobby, you’re up.' I'm always ready."
The touchdown was the first of his career for Rainey, a second-year player with his third NFL team after stints with the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns.
"Bobby Rainey has been pretty quiet but he picked up our offense tonight,’’ Penn told the The Tampa Tribune. "He's like a hired assassin. He made the most of his opportunities in football."
Playing for the first time since a bullying scandal, the Dolphins (4-5) started slowly before overcoming an early 15-0 deficit to lead 19-15 heading into the fourth quarter.
Ryan Tannehill threw touchdown passes of 6 and 19 yards to Rishard Matthews, but got no help from a running game that was limited to just 2 yards rushing.
The Bucs sacked Tannehill twice on Miami's final possession before Darrelle Revis intercepted Tannehill's fourth-down desperation throw intended for Mike Wallace with 1:35 remaining.
Tampa Bay held fourth-quarter leads in four of its eight losses, losing each time in the final 89 seconds of regulation or overtime.
"It had the same feeling going down the stretch," Coach Greg Schiano said after his team won for only the second time in 15 games dating to last season. "But our guys bowed up and made some plays."
Glennon completed 11 of 21 for 139 yards in his sixth pro start. The third-round draft pick threw his first interception in four games — a span of 159 attempts — to set up a third-quarter field goal that put the Dolphins up 19-15.
Tannehill finished 27-for-42 for 229 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.