INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS BUCS: Carter 15-51, B.Moore 1-22, Dickinson 3-21, McNeil 4-18, Williams 3-18, Spurrier 1-7, Johnson 3-6. DOLPHINS: Malone 22-118, Nottingham 10-32, Moore 1-21, WInfrey 5-21, Griese 2-4, Sieple 1-4, Solomon 1-0. PASSING BUCS: Dickinson 4-4-51-0-1, Hanratty 2-2-9-0-0, Spurrier 21-13- 143-1-2, Carter 1-0-0-0-0. DOLPHINS: Griese 15-8-132-1-0. RECEIVING BUCS: Owens 6-88. Johnson 4-32, Williams 3-13, B.Moore 2-27, Carter 1-19, Pagac 1-10, McKay 1-8, McNeill1-6. DOLPHINS: Moore 2-36, Seiple 2-35, Solomon 1-19, Winfrey 1- 16, Mandich 1-13, Tillman 1-13. INTERCEPTIONS BUCS: Cotney 1-0. DOLPHINS: Anderson 1-42. KICK RETURNS BUCS: Johnson 4-77, McNeil 1-19. DOLPHINS:  Harris 4-112. PUNT RETURNS BUCS: Reece 1-(-3). DOLPHINS: Harris 2-23, Solomon 1-8. SACKS BUCS: Rudolph 2-14, Jordan 1-10, D.Selmon 1-3, L.Selmon 1-8, Toomay 1-7. DOLPHINS: Towle 1-12. 
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20 Miami Dolphins 23 Sunday 24 October 1976 at Tampa Stadium
SCORING MIA 6:48-1Q Yepremian FG28 TB 1:06-1Q Owens 18 pass from Dickinson (Green kick) MIA 11:34-2Q Malone 6 run (Yepremian kick) MIA 4:08-2Q Nottingham 1 run (Yepremian kick) MIA 5:31-3Q Yepremian FG24 TB 3:39-3Q Owens 20 pass from Spurrier (kick failed) TB 7:16-4Q Owens 7 pass from Spurrier (Green kick) MIA 0:55-4Q Yepremian FG29
STARTERS OFFENSE DEFENSE LT 71 Young LDE 78 Rudolph LG 72 Fest DT 76 Pear C 51 Ryczek DT 64 Robinson RG 67 Alward RDE 66 Toomay RT 74 Current LLB 30 Gunn TE 86 Moore MLB 52 Reese WR 85 Owens RLB 54 Wood WR 89 McKay LCB 25 Jordan FB 43 Williams SS 33 Cotney RB 32 Carter FS 28 Stone QB 18 Dickinson RCB 46 Reese SUBSTITUTIONS 4 Green, 5 Hanratty, 11 Spurrier, 19 Johnson, 22 McNeill, 27 Davis, 35 DuBose, 53 Ball, 55 Hunt, 56 Cooper, 61 Selmon, 63 Selmon, 77 Little, 79 Wilson, 80 Novak, 82 Pagac, 88 Smith DID NOT PLAY 70 Young, 84 Douglas INACTIVES 26 Davis, 40 Washington, 44 Moore, 58 Peterson
The expansion Buccaneers played their "best game of the year" but still suffered a heart-breaking defeat.  Despite two touchdown strikes from veteran QB Steve Spurrier, a defensive lapse and Garo Yepremian's fieldgoal with 55 seconds left cost the Bucs their first-ever victory and a chance to beat the once-proud Miami Dolphins, three point favourites against the spread.  "It was the best game of the year for us" said John McKay. "I've been telling people we have been progressing and we are".
GAME HIGHLIGHTS        Click on the box below to watch the clip
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.