Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9 Buffalo Bills 14
Sunday 26 September 1976 at Tampa Stadium
|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) |
|The video clip shown is Steve Spurrier and Dave Green combining on their fake fieldgoal|
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.
BUCS: Spurrier 27-13-170-1-0, Carter 1-0-0-0-0.
BILLS: Ferguson 22-12-188-0-2.
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.
BILLS: Greene 1-18.
BUCS: Carter 1-17, C.Davis 1-11, DuBose 1-6.
OPPONENTS: Word 2-36, Moody 1-24, Hooks 1-14.
BUCS: M.Moore 4-37, Reece 2-29.
OPPONENTS: Hooks 1-0, Moody 1-0, Word 1-(-8).
BUCS: Pear 1-2.
OPPONENTS: Smith 1-2.
|GAME REPORTS AND COMMENTS|
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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."
|4 Green, 19 Johnson, 25 Jordan, 30 Gunn, 32 Carter, 35 DuBose, 42 Oliver, 44 Moore, 51 Ryczek, 53 Ball, 54 Wood, 61 DSelmon, 64 Robinson, 80 Novak, 85 Owens, 86 Moore, 88 Smith
||DID NOT PLAY
|13 Lawrence, 18 Dickinson, 77 Little, 79 Wilson||INACTIVE
| 22 McNeill, 27 Davis, 52 Reese ||