INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING BUCS: Carter 12-35, Williams 5-20, Johnson 2-12, Davis 4-9, DuBose 1-0. COLTS: Mitchell 14-98, Leaks 13-72, McCauley 14-51, Lee 6-14, Jones 1-4, Troup 2-(-1). PASSING BUCS: Spurrier 9-2-36-0-0, Dickinson 5-1-12-1-0, McGriff 1-1-39- 0-0. COLTS: Jones 24-15-186-0-2, Troup 9-4-59-0-0. RECEIVING BUCS: McKay 2-26, Smith 1-39, Novak 1-22. COLTS: McCauley 5-52, Mitchell 5-41, Scott 2-26, Carr 2-54, Chester 2-22, Thompson 1-11. INTERCEPTIONS BUCS: none. COLTS: Munsey 1-10. KICK RETURNS BUCS: Carter 4-72, McNeil 1-32, C.Davis 1-17, DuBose 0-28. OPPONENTS: Stevens 2-35, Kennedy 1-15, Lee 1-(-2). PUNT RETURNS BUCS: Reece 2-4, Cotney 1-9. OPPONENTS: Stevens 8-80. SACKS BUCS: Robinson 1-9, Rudolph 1-9, L.Selmon 1-7. OPPONENTS: Cook 3-23, Fernandes 2-15, Dutton 1.5-19.5, White 1.5-16.5.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17 Baltimore Colts 42 Sunday 3 October 1976 at Memorial Stadium
SCORING TB 13:34-2Q Green FG40 BAL 11:29-2Q Leaks 1 run (Linhart kick) BAL 5:36-2Q Linhart FG32 BAL 1:58-2Q Leaks 1 run (Linhart kick) BAL 0:17-2Q Carr 48 pass from Jones (Linhart kick) BAL 8:52-3Q Mitchell 24 pass from Jones (kick failed) BAL 3:34-3Q Linhart FG38 BAL 11:50-4Q McCauley 2 run (Linhart kick) BAL 3:34-4Q Safety - Fernandes tackled Dickinson in the endzone TB 1:49-4Q Reece 44 fumble return (Green kick) TB 0:32-4Q Davis 1 run (Green kick)
STARTERS OFFENSE DEFENSE LT 71 Young LDE 78 Rudolph LG 72 Fest DT 76 Pear C 51 Ryczek DT 63 Selmon RG 67 Alward RDE 66 Toomay RT 74 Current LLB 58 Peterson TE 86 Moore MLB 56 Cooper TE 80 Novak RLB 30 Gunn WR 89 McKay LCB 40 Washington WR 85 Owens SS 33 Cotney RB 43 Williams FS 28 Stone QB 11 Spurrier RCB 46 Reece SUBSTITUTIONS 4 Green, 18 Dickinson, 19 Johnson, 22 McNeill, 26 Davis, 27 Davis, 32 Carter, 35 DuBose, 42 Oliver, 52 Reese, 53 Ball, 54 Wood, 61 DSelmon, 64 Robinson, 73 Ward, 77 Little, 82 Pagac, 83 McGriff, 88 Smith DID NOT PLAY 13 Lawrence, 79 Wilson INACTIVES 25 Jordan, 44 Moore
GAME HIGHLIGHTS        Click on the box below to watch the clip
After spotting Tampa Bay a 3-0 lead, the Colts broke loose for 24 second-period points aided by Buccaneer penalties. Tampa Bay, 20 point underdogs against the spread, scored the first two touchdowns in the expansion club's short history during the game's final two minutes.  Cornerback Danny Reece scooped up a fumble and raced 44 yards for a touchdown with 1:49 remaining. And then after a successful onside kick, Charlie Davis plunged over from the one to climax a four-play drive.   John McKay's take on the game:" Bert Jones is not running this league .. is he?" after a controversial roughing-the-passer call by Dewey Selmon."
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.