INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING BUCS: Carter 12-72, Williams 12-50, C.Davis 10-31, Johnson 3- 14, DuBose 1-1, M.Moore 1-1, B.Moore 1-1. BILLS: Kinney 12-62, Simpson 20-39, Powell 2-8, Ferguson 1-0. PASSING BUCS: Spurrier 27-13-170-1-0, Carter 1-0-0-0-0. BILLS: Ferguson 22-12-188-0-2. RECEIVING BUCS: B.Moore 4-65, C.Davis 3-32, Owens 1-15, McKay 1-14, Williams 1-14, B.Smith 1-13, Green 1-9, Carter 1-8. BILLS: Chandler 5-110, Gant 3-50, Simpson 2-19, Holland 1-9, Kinney 1-0. INTERCEPTIONS BUCS: none. BILLS: Greene 1-18. KICK RETURNS BUCS: Carter 1-17, C.Davis 1-11, DuBose 1-6. OPPONENTS: Word 2-36, Moody 1-24, Hooks 1-14. PUNT RETURNS BUCS: M.Moore 4-37, Reece 2-29. OPPONENTS: Hooks 1-0, Moody 1-0, Word 1-(-8). SACKS BUCS: Pear 1-2. OPPONENTS: Smith 1-2.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9 Buffalo Bills 14 Sunday 26 September 1976 at Tampa Stadium
SCORING TB 7:46-1Q Green FG39 TB 1:01-2Q Green FG24 BUF 13:16-2Q Chandler 59 pass from Ferguson (Ricardo kick) TB 12:18-4Q Green FG19 BUF 9:15-4Q Gant 15 pass from Ferguson (Ricardo kick)
STARTERS OFFENSE DEFENSE LT 71 Young LDE 78 Rudolph LG 72 Fest DT 76 Pear C 73 Ward DT 63 Selmon RG 67 Alward RDE 66 Toomay RT 74 Current LLB 58 Peterson TE 82 Pagac MLB 56 Cooper WR 83 McGriff RLB 57 Peterson WR 89 McKay LCB 40 Washington FB 43 Williams SS 33 Cotney RB 26 Davis FS 28 Stone QB 11 Spurrier RCB 46 Reese SUBSTITUTIONS 4 Green, 19 Johnson, 25 Jordan, 30 Gunn, 32 Carter, 35 DuBose, 42 Oliver, 44 Moore, 51 Ryczek, 53 Ball, 54 Wood, 61 Selmon, 64 Robinson, 80 Novak, 85 Owens, 86 Moore, 88 Smith DID NOT PLAY 13 Lawrence, 18 Dickinson, 77 Little, 79 Wilson INACTIVES 22 McNeill, 27 Davis, 52 Reese
GAME HIGHLIGHTS        Click on the box below to watch the clip
The expansion Bucs still had to score a touchdown but thanks to Dave Green, they finally came up with some points after two shutout defeats and their defense came close to embarrassing the Bills who had been 10.5 point favourites going into the game. Green kicked three fieldgoals and his punting kept Buffalo in poor field position for much of the game.   OJ Simpson was held to only 39 yards but Joe Ferguson solved the Tampa defense just enough to get the job done, hitting Bob Chandler with a 58-yard TD pass and Reuben Gant for a 15-yard score.   John McKay's take on the game:" We could have and should have won."
GAME HIGHLIGHTS Video footage from the expansion season is limited to occasional clips from the NFL Films season highlight film as NBC who broadcast all 14 games that season, destroyed the master tapes some years later leaving none of the games available in the way other games from Buccaneer history are.