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Sunday, September 19, 1976 - Home Game

LOSS - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 00 San Diego Chargers 23

The San Diego Chargers got 16 first downs, compared to 5 for the Buccaneers.

Chargers players and coaches praised the Buccaneers’ defense, who held them to 9 points until the final three minutes of the game, saying that they played the equivalent of five quarters.

Three Tampa Bay quarterbacks completed a combined 3 of 8 passes for −4 yards. Buccaneers receiver Bob Moore said, “We’re at rock bottom now...but if we start pointing a finger, we’ll go 0–14”. The Chargers finished with 325 yards of offense to the Buccaneers’ 125.

Inconsistent blocking was blamed for the offensive problems, a situation that was not helped by the injury to tackle Dave Reavis. Mercury Morris, who had been picked up on waivers by the Chargers from the Miami Dolphins after the Buccaneers’ preseason game against the Dolphins, commented that the difference in Buccaneers’ offensive line protection between the two games was like watching two different teams.

The Buccaneers’ lack of speed was also noticeable.

The loss marked the first time since 1961 that a professional football team was shut out in the first two games of the season, when the Oakland Raiders were shut out by the same two teams in the same order.

GAMEDAY BRIEF

  • WEATHER: Cloudy - 84°F. - Humidity 42% - Wind V. 10mph - Wind Chill 81°F.
  • OFFICALS
    • REFEREE: Fred Wyant
    • UMPIRE: Tom Hensley
    • LINE JUDGE: Don Orr
    • LINESMAN: Leo Miles
    • FIELD JUDGE: Fred Swearingen
    • BACK JUDGE: Jack Steffen
    SCORING
    • CHARGERS: 07:01-1Q Fritsch FG48
    • CHARGERS: 03:23-2Q Fritsch FG48
    • CHARGERS: 08:57-4Q Fritsch FG22
    • CHARGERS: 02:55-4Q Young 46 run (Fritsch kick)
    • CHARGERS: 02:37-4Q Hayes 37 interception return (Fritsch kick)
    STARTERS OFFENSE
    • WR: #89 J. McKay
    • LT: #75 D. Reavis
    • LG: #72 H. Fest
    • C: #73 J. Ward
    • RG: #67 T. Alward
    • RT: #74 M. Current
    • TE: #86 B. Moore
    • WR: #83 L. McGriff
    • QB: #11 S. Spurrier
    • RB: #35 J. DuBose
    • RB: #26 C. Davis
    STARTERS DEFENSE
    • LE: #78 C. Rudolph
    • LT: #76 D. Pear
    • RT: #63 L. Selmon
    • RE: #66 P. Toomay
    • LLB: #58 C. Peterson
    • MLB: #52 S. Reese
    • RLB: #58 J. Peterson
    • LCB: #40 M. Washington
    • RCB: #46 D. Reece
    • LS: #33 M. Cotney
    • RS: #28 K. Stone
    SUBSTITUTIONS
    • 4 Green, 5 Roder, 13 Lawrence, 18 Dickinson, 19 Johnson, 21 Blahak, 32 Carter, 42 Oliver, 43 Williams, 44 Moore, 51 Ryczek, 53 Ball, 54 Wood, 56 Cooper, 61 Selmon, 64 Robinson, 71 Young, 77 Little, 82 Pagac, 88 Smith
    DID NOT PLAY
    • 80 Novak
    INACTIVE
    • 25 Jordan, 27 Davis, 30 Gunn, 50 Kearney, 79 Wilson

    INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

    RUSHING
    • BUCCANEERS: Dickinson 3-54, Williams 11-44, Johnson 5-23, Carter 3-8, DuBose 1-2, Spurrier 1-1, CDavis 7-0, M Moore 2-(-3).
    • CHARGERS: Woods 19-64, Young 13-85, Fouts 2-13, Matthews 6-27, Scarber 1-6.
    PASSING
    • BUCCANEERS: Spurrier 10-3-13-0-0, Lawrence 5-0-0-2-0, Dickinson 3-0-0-1-0.
    • CHARGERS: Fouts 21-14-154-0-0.
    RECIEVING
    • BUCCANEERS: B Moore 2-17, MMoore 1-(-4).
    • CHARGERS: Young 4-31, Joiner 3-59, Owens 2-26, Woods 2-7, Curran 1-14, Dorsey 1-14, Matthews 1-3.
    INTERCEPTIONS
    • BUCCANEERS: none.
    • CHARGERS: Hayes 1-37, Goode 1-26, Lowe 1-8.
    KICK RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: C.Davis 2-45, M.Moore 2-34, Reece 1-30, Cooper 1-22.
    • CHARGERS: Fuller 1-19.
    PUNT RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Reece 2-31, M.Moore 2-18.
    • CHARGERS: Fuller 8-105.
    SACKS
    • BUCCANEERS: J.Peterson 1-10, L.Selmon 1-6, Toomay 1-6.
    • CHARGERS: Johnson 1-9, Lee 1-8.

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