INDIVIDUAL STATISTICSRUSHINGBUCS: 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).PASSINGBUCS: 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.RECEIVINGBUCS: 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.INTERCEPTIONSBUCS: none.COLTS: Munsey 1-10.KICK RETURNSBUCS: Carter 4-72, McNeil 1-32, C.Davis 1-17, DuBose 0-28.COLTS: Stevens 2-35, Kennedy 1-15, Lee 1-(-2).PUNT RETURNSBUCS: Reece 2-4, Cotney 1-9.COLTS: Stevens 8-80.SACKSBUCS: Robinson 1-9, Rudolph 1-9, L.Selmon 1-7.COLTS: Cook 3-23, Fernandes 2-15, Dutton 1.5-19.5, White 1.5-16.5.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17 Baltimore Colts 42Sunday 3 October 1976 at Memorial Stadium
SCORINGTB13:34-2Q Green FG40BAL11:29-2Q Leaks 1 run (Linhart kick)BAL5:36-2Q Linhart FG32BAL1:58-2Q Leaks 1 run (Linhart kick)BAL0:17-2Q Carr 48 pass from Jones (Linhart kick)BAL8:52-3Q Mitchell 24 pass from Jones (kick failed)BAL3:34-3Q Linhart FG38BAL11:50-4Q McCauley 2 run (Linhart kick)BAL3:34-4Q Safety - Fernandes tackled Dickinson in the endzoneTB1:49-4Q Reece 44 fumble return (Green kick)TB0:32-4Q Davis 1 run (Green kick)
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. However we have been able to obtain the coverage from NFL Films’ Review of the Week in which the Buccaneers were featured, sometimes though not in the most flattering of highlights. The left video are the selected Buccaneer clips. The right video is the one from the Review of the Week.