Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17 Baltimore Colts 42
Sunday 3 October 1976 at Memorial Stadium
TB13:34-2Q Green FG40
BAL11:29-2Q Leaks 1 run (Linhart kick)
BAL5:36-2Q Linhart FG32
BAL1:58-2Q 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 FG38
BAL11:50-4Q McCauley 2 run (Linhart kick)
BAL3:34-4Q Safety - Fernandes tackled Dickinson in the endzone
TB1:49-4Q Reece 44 fumble return (Green kick)
TB0:32-4Q Davis 1 run (Green kick)

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.
GAME REPORTS AND COMMENTS
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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. 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."
OFFENSEDEFENSE
LT71 Young LDE78 Rudolph
LG72 Fest DT76 Pear
C51 Ryczek DT63 LSelmon
RG67 Alward RDE66 Toomay
RT74 Current LLB58 CPeterson
TE86 Moore MLB56 Cooper
TE80 Novak RLB30 Gunn
WR89 McKay LCB40 Washington
WR85 Owens SS33 Cotney
RB43 Williams FS28 Stone
QB11 Spurrier RCB46 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
INACTIVE
25 Jordan, 44 Moore