Tampa Bay Buccaneers 0 Houston Oilers 20
Sunday 12 September 1976 at the Houston Astrodome
HOU6:31-2Q Willis 13 pass from Pastorini (Butler kick)
HOU7:00-3Q Butler FG33
HOU10:46-4Q Burrough 44 pass from Pastorini (Butler kick)
HOU3:02-4Q Butler FG44

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING
BUCS: E.Johnson 5-15, C.Davis 3-15, Carter 12-7, DuBose 3-5, Dickinson 1-4, Kendrick 1-3, Spurrier 1-3.
OILERS: Coleman 25-142, Willis 8-30, Dawkins 4-11, Hardeman 3-3, Pastorini 1-2, Baker 1-2.
PASSING
BUCS: Spurrier 21-8-90-2-0, Dickinson 5-1-15-0-0.
OILERS: Pastorini 27-17-194-1-2, Hadl 2-2-11-0-0.
RECEIVING
BUCS: McKay 3-49, DuBose 2-21, B.Moore 2-21, E.Johnson 2-14.
OILERS: Burrough 5-92, BJohnson 5-41, Coleman 4-35, Willis 1-13, Sawyer 1-12, Alston 1-7, Baker 1-6, Hardeman 1-(-1).
INTERCEPTIONS
BUCS: Stone 1-21.
OILERS: Whittington 2-58.
KICK RETURNS
BUCS: M.Moore 3-74, Hagins 2-35.
OPPONENTS: Hardeman 1-40.
PUNT RETURNS
BUCS: Reece 2-4, Cotney 1-8, Hagins 1-2.
OPPONENTS: Johnson 7-76, Whittington 2-10.
SACKS
BUCS: L.Selmon 2-23.
OPPONENTS: Culp 1-8, Bethea 1-9, Little 1-4, Washington 1-9, Thompson 0.5-7, Rossovich 0.5-7.
GAME REPORTS AND COMMENTS
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The Buccaneers, 17 point underdogs and making their NFL debut, went down to a 20-0 defeat at the hands of the Houston Oilers in a game that left a lot to be desired on both sides of the field. Tampa Bay was held to eight first downs.

John McKay's take on the game. "Let's see, has this team here, Houston, lost any games? I believe they have been playing for 6,000 years and I don't remember them winning any championships. We are an expansion team, but this is our expansion team. We will be back."
OFFENSEDEFENSE
LT75 Reavis LDE78 Rudolph
LG72 Fest DT76 Pear
C73 Ward DT63 LSelmon
RG77 Little RDE66 Toomay
RT74 Current LLB58 CPeterson
TE86 Moore MLB52 Reese
WR83 McGriff RLB30 Gunn
WR89 McKay LCB40 Washington
FB35 DuBose SS33 Cotney
RB32 Carter FS28 Stone
QB11 Spurrier RCB21 Blahak
SUBSTITUTIONS
1 Hagins, 4 Green, 5 Roder, 18 Dickinson, 19 Johnson, 20 Kendrick, 26 Davis, 42 Oliver, 44 Moore, 46 Reese, 51 Ryczek, 53 Ball, 56 Cooper, 57 JPeterson, 61 DSelmon, 64 Robinson, 67 Alward, 79 Wilson, 82 Pagac
DID NOT PLAY
13 Lawrence, 88 Smith
INACTIVE
25 Jordan, 27 Davis, 43 Williams, 54 Wood, 71 Young, 80 Novak