NOTEBOOK: Up-And-Down Night For Dolphins

Posted Nov 15, 2012

Few bright spots in disappointing loss.

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – There were a few bright spots in tonight’s heartbreaking 19-14 road loss to the Buffalo Bills, starting with Marcus Thigpen’s prowess on kickoff returns.

Statistical Milestones

Rookie Marcus Thigpen’s 96-yard kickoff return in the first quarter was the first of his career and his second touchdown, as he returned a punt 72 yards at the Houston Texans in the season opener. He is the first Dolphin to return a kickoff and a punt for a touchdown in the same season and joins Ted Ginn and Freddie Solomon as the only ones to do it in their careers. It was the first kickoff returned for a touchdown for Miami since Ted Ginn returned two at the New York Jets on November 1st, 2009. … Rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill passed Hall-of-Famer Bob Griese for second place all-time among rookie quarterbacks for the Dolphins in passing yardage with his 5-yard completion to Davone Bess in the second quarter. That gave him 2,007 on the season, two more than Griese’s 2,005 in 1967.

Eye In The Sky

Two young players made it happen late in the first quarter on Marcus Thigpen’s electrifying 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the first quarter, with Thigpen being one of them. Rookie defensive end Olivier Vernon made the key block to spring Thigpen up the middle and then Thigpen cut it to the outside and outran everyone into the end zone. … All three of Miami’s sacks came on athletic plays as defensive tackle Randy Starks took on two blockers in the second quarter and then dove back to trip up Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick for a 2-yard loss, linebacker Koa Misi was pushed beyond the pocket and hustled back to drag Fitzpatrick down and finally Cameron Wake bull rushed his blocker and smothered Fitzpatrick in the third quarter for an 8-yard loss. … Offensive coordinator made a nice adjustment in the fourth quarter by moving the pocket for Tannehill in order to counter Buffalo’s pass rush and it worked to perfection on his 2-yard touchdown pass to Davone Bess in the fourth quarter.

Fantastic Fins

Kick returner Marcus Thigpen – His 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the first quarter stopped Buffalo’s momentum and he finished the night averaging 36 yards on five returns. He also did a good job on punt returns.

Punter Brandon Fields The league’s leading punter averaged 49.8 yards on six punts and forced the Bills to start in poor field position for most of the night. His longest punt of the night traveled 65 yards.

Wide receiver Davone Bess – His nifty footwork on the 2-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter brought Miami to within five points of the Bills. Bess ended the night with five catches for 32 yards.


Two games in five days have earned the Dolphins a rest. Their next game is in 10 days (November 25th) back at Sun Life Stadium against the Seattle Seahawks at 1 p.m.
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