Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7   Dallas Cowboys 23 Sunday 2 October 1977    at Texas Stadium
The offense was shutout and the Bucs only got on the board on Richard "Batman" Wood's fumble return in the second quarter.  "Hollywood" Henderson's interception return was the longest such play against the Bucs at the time and set the tone for a game that the Cowboys dominated in terms of yardage, 415-163.   The Bucs were no less than 21 point underdogs against Tom Landry's squad in this game.   The game also featured the top two selections from the 1977 NFL draft with the Cowboys’ Tony Dorsett having by far the better of the day against No.1 overall pick Ricky Bell.
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING BUCS: Davis 15-30, DuBose 6-23, Carter 6-16, Bell 3-7, Huff 1-2, Williams 1-(-2). COWBOYS: Newhouse 16-73, Dorsett 10-72, P.Pearson 12-56, D.Pearson 1-11, Staubach 3-(-7). PASSING BUCS: Huff 23-8-107-2-0. COWBOYS: Staubach 24-15-212-1-0. RECEIVING BUCS: Owens 4-57, Davis 1-30, Williams 1-9, McKay 1-7, Hagins 1-4. COWBOYS: P.Pearson 5-65, Dupree 3-47, D.Pearson 2-39, Saldi 2-17, Johnson 1-20, Dorsett 1-16, Richards 1-8. INTERCEPTIONS BUCS: Wood 1-29. COWBOYS: Henderson 2-79. KICK RETURNS BUCS: Hagins 5-118, Davis 1-19. COWBOYS:  Johnson 2-39. PUNT RETURNS BUCS: Hagins 2-1, Reece 1-3. COWBOYS: Johnson 6-88. SACKS BUCS: Rudolph 0.5-1, Pear 0.5-1. COWBOYS:  Jones 1-11, Martin 1-9.
SCORING DAL 8:04-1Q Herrera FG32 DAL 3:50-1Q Henderson 79 interception return (Herrera kick) DAL 0:05-1Q Newhouse 17 run (Herrera kick) TB 9:43-2Q Wood 40 fumble return (Leavitt kick) DAL 2:47-2Q Herrera FG19 DAL 8:36-3Q Herrera FG20
COMMENTARY CREW Frank Gleiber and Alex Hawkins
STARTERS OFFENSE DEFENSE LT 75 Reavis LDE 78 Rudolph LG 79 Wilson DT 76 Pear C 51 Ryczek RDE 63 L Selmon RG 68 Medlin LOLB 52 Harris RT 70 Carlton LILB 61 D Selmon TE 86 Moore RILB 54 Wood WR 85 Owens ROLB 56 C Johnson WR 89 McKay LCB 45 White FB 28 Davis SS 33 Cotney RB 42 Bell FS 34 Brown QB 19 Huff RCB 40 Washington SUBSTITUTIONS 4 Green, 9 Leavitt, 25 Jordan, 32 L Carter, 35 DuBose, 36 Winfrey, 43 Williams, 46 Reece, 53 Bonness, 57 Lewis, 59 Lemon, 64 Robinson, 65 R Johnson, 66 B Carter, 73 Hannah, 77 Kollar, 81 Hagins, 83 Nafziger, 87 Mucker DID NOT PLAY 14 Hedberg, 17 Blount INACTIVE 62 Winans, 80 Novak
VIDEO CLIPS Richard “Batman” Wood scored the first Buc TD of the 1977 season on a fumble return Isaas Hagins showed his speed with a long kick return Gary Huff hooked up with Morris Owens on Tampa’s longest offensive play of the day