Cam Newton ran for three touchdowns to set the NFL single-season record for rushing TDs by a quarterback, leading the Carolina Panthers to a 38-19 stomping of the struggling Buccaneers on Sunday.
The nimble Newton scored the 11th, 12th and 13th scores on the ground via a trio of 1-yard runs. He also had a 27-yard reception to set up Jonathan Stewart’s first-quarter TD and threw a 19-yard TD pass to Legedu Naanee to finish one of Carolina’s three scoring drives of 80-plus yards.
The Panthers (4-8), who won their second straight game, doubled their victory total for last season.
Tampa Bay (4-8), which played in their throwback creamsicle jerseys, has lost six straight and seven of eight following a 3-1 start.
The Bucs played without quarterback Josh Freeman, who sat out with an injury to his throwing shoulder. Josh Johnson made his fifth pro start, throwing for 229 yards and one touchdown while also leading his team in rushing.
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