INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING BUCS: Williams 13-97, Ward 12-62, Winslow 1-7, Smith 1-4, Leftwich 3-3, Graham 1-1. COWBOYS: Barber 14-79, Jones 6-22, Choice 2-10, Crayton 1-5, Romo 1-2. PASSING BUCS: Leftwich 41-25-276-0-1, Clayton 1-0-0-0-0. COWBOYS: Romo 27-16-353-0-3. RECEIVING BUCS: Clayton 5-93, Winslow 5-30, Stevens 4-41, Stroughter 3- 25, Bryant 2-29, Ward 2-21, Clark 1-17, Stroughter 1-13, Askew 1- 4, Smith 1-3. COWBOYS: Witten 5-71, Crayton 4-135, Williams 3-86, Choice 2- 6, Austin 1-42, Bennett 1-13. INTERCEPTIONS BUCS: none. COWBOYS: none. KICK RETURNS BUCS: Smith 4-101. COWBOYS: Jones 3-70, Phillips 1-0. PUNT RETURNS BUCS: Smith 3-27. COWBOYS: Crayton 1-3, Newman 1-0. SACKS BUCS: Barber 1-9. COWBOYS: none.
Raheem Morris’ coaching career got off to a disappointing start as the Bucs were comfortably defeated in their home surroundings albeit with a ton of noisy Cowboy fans in the stands.  The Bucs managed to mis-fire on two fieldgoal attempts by new kicker Mike Nugent, conceed a costly running-into-the-punter penalty and also give up three long touchdown passes to Tony Romo.    Byron Leftwich made his first start at quarterback and played without committing a turnover although many of his yards came when the game was long since decided.   But Sabby Piscitelli’s inoportune moments to commit penalties or give up big plays proved to be the turning points in this season opener and the young 2009 Bucs began the year with a loss.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 21 Dallas Cowboys 34 Sunday 13 September 2009 at Raymond James Stadium
SCORING DAL 9:35-1Q Folk FG51 DAL 1:22-1Q Folk FG21 TB 10:19-2Q Williams 1 run (Nugent kick) DAL 0:46-2Q Austin 42 pass from Romo (Folk kick) DAL 11:23-3Q Williams 66 pass from Romo (Folk kick) TB 13:45-4Q Ward 1 run (Nugent kick) DAL 12:43-4Q Crayton 80 pass from Romo (Folk kick) DAL 3:57-4Q Barber 6 run (Folk kick) TB 1:28-4Q Winslow 2 pass from Leftwich (Nugent kick)
STARTERS OFFENSE DEFENSE LT 70 Penn LDE 97 Wilkerson LG 76 Zuttah UT 98 Sims C 52 Faine DT 95 Hovan RG 75 Joseph RDE 90 Adams RT 65 Trueblood WLB 50 McCoy TE 82 Winslow MLB 51 Ruud WR 89 Bryant SLB 58 Black WR 80 Clayton LCB 25 Talib TE 86 Stevens SS 21 Piscitelli RB 24 Williams FS 23 Phillips QB 7 Leftwich RCB 20 Barber SUBSTITUTIONS 4 Nugent, 8 D Johnson, 18 Stroughter, 22 Smith, 26 Allen, 27 Cox, 28 Ward, 29 Arrington, 33 Mack, 34 Graham, 35 Askew, 48 Economos, 53 Koutouvides, 54 Hayes, 56 Wilson, 61 Compas, 64 M Johnson, 85 Stovall, 87 Clark, 91 White, 92 D.Moore, 93 Miller DID NOT PLAY 11 J Johnson GAMEDAY INACTIVES 5 Freeman, 31 Biggers, 57 Hayward, 62 Dile, 69 Dotson, 88 Gilmore, 94 K.Moore, 96 Evans
COMMENTARY CREW Kenny Albert and Darryl Johnston
GAME HIGHLIGHTS        Click on the boxes below to watch the clip Cadillac Williams bursts clear with a 35-yard run to set up his opening touchdown Derrick Ward scores from a yard out early in the 4th quarter Kellen Winslow scores a consolation touchdown late in the game