Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20 Miami Dolphins 23
Sunday 24 October 1976 at Tampa Stadium
MIA6:48-1Q Yepremian FG28
TB1:06-1Q Owens 18 pass from Dickinson (Green kick)
MIA11:34-2Q Malone 6 run (Yepremian kick)
MIA4:08-2Q Nottingham 1 run (Yepremian kick)
MIA 5:31-3QYepremian FG24
TB3:39-3Q Owens 20 pass from Spurrier (kick failed)
TB7:16-4Q Owens 7 pass from Spurrier (Green kick)
MIA0:55-4Q Yepremian FG29

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING
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.
OPPONENTS: Harris 4-112.
PUNT RETURNS
BUCS: Reece 1-(-3).
OPPONENTS: 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.
OPPONENTS: Towle 1-12.
GAME REPORTS AND COMMENTS
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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 future Buc 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".
OFFENSEDEFENSE
LT71 Young LDE78 Rudolph
LG72 Fest DT76 Pear
C51 Ryczek DT64 Robinson
RG67 Alward RDE66 Toomay
RT74 Current LLB30 Gunn
TE86 Moore MLB52 Reese
WR85 Owens RLB54 Wood
WR89 McKay LCB25 Jordan
FB43 Williams SS33 Cotney
RB32 Carter FS28 Stone
QB18 Dickinson RCB46 Reese
SUBSTITUTIONS
4 Green, 5 Hanratty, 11 Spurrier, 19 Johnson, 22 McNeill, 27 Davis, 35 DuBose, 53 Ball, 55 Hunt, 56 Cooper, 61 DSelmon, 63 LSelmon, 77 Little, 79 Wilson, 80 Novak, 82 Pagac, 88 Smith
DID NOT PLAY
70 Young, 84 Douglas
INACTIVE
26 Davis, 40 Washington, 44 Moore, 58 CPeterson