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Sunday, November 14, 1976 - Away Game

LOSS - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 00 New York Jets 34

In what was according to coach Lou Holtz a prearranged move, New York Jets rookie quarterback Richard Todd was replaced by Joe Namath late in the first quarter. Namath responded with a passing display that gave the Jets a 24–0 halftime lead. Saying that his players were “polite” to Namath, coach McKay compared the Buccaneers to a junior-high team, and said that the only thing they did better than the Jets was to be the first team on the field after halftime.

Clark Gaines rushed for 103 yards for the Jets. The Buccaneers’ three quarterbacks combined for 171 yards passing, more than the Jets’ quarterbacks, but the Buccaneers failed to score for the fourth time in the season.

As the score rose, the press box announcer began calling out records set during the game, which included the Jets’ first shutout in Shea Stadium.

This was considered to be the Buccaneers’ last good chance to win a game, with the next four opponents all in playoff contention. The Jets’ 34 points were nearly a third of their season total of 110 after ten games, and a fifth of their season total of 169.

GAMEDAY BRIEF

  • WEATHER: Sunny - 47°F. - Humidity 49% - Wind W. 10-20mph Wind Chill 42°F.
  • OFFICALS
    • REFEREE: Bernie Ulman
    • UMPIRE: Tony Kramer
    • LINE JUDGE: Bill Reynolds
    • HEAD LINESMAN: Tony Veteri
    • BACK JUDGE: Ben Tompkins
    • FIELD JUDGE: Pat Mallette
    SCORING
    • JETS: 01:54-1Q Gaines 14 run (Leahy kick)
    • JETS: 09:02-2Q Caster 3 pass from Namath (Leahy kick)
    • JETS: 01:54-2Q Leahy FG21
    • JETS: 00:27-2Q Davis 5 run (Leahy kick)
    • JETS: 13:51-3Q Piccone 60 punt return (Leahy kick)
    • JETS: 10:31-4Q Leahy FG30
    STARTERS OFFENSE
    • WR: #89 J. McKay
    • LT: #71 S. Young
    • LG: #72 H. Fest
    • C: #51 D. Ryczek
    • RG: #79 S. Wilson
    • RT: #74 M. Current
    • TE: #86 B. Moore
    • WR: #85 M. Owens
    • QB: #11 S. Surrier
    • RB: #35 J. DuBose
    • RB: #32 L. Carter
    STARTERS DEFENSE
    • LE: #78 C. Rudolph
    • LT: #76 D. Pear
    • RT: #61 D. Selmon
    • RE: #66 P. Toomay
    • LLB: #30 J. Gunn
    • MLB: #52 S. Reese
    • RLB: #54 R. Wood
    • LCB: #25 C. Jordan
    • RCB: #46 D. Reece
    • LS: #33 M. Cotney
    • RS: #28 K. Stone
    SUBSTITUTIONS
    • 4 Green, 5 Hanratty, 19 Johnson, 20 Pierson, 22 McNeill, 27 Davis, 43 Williams, 44 Moore, 53 Ball, 56 Cooper, 59 Lemon, 64 Robinson, 65 Moore, 67 Alward, 70 Young, 77 Little, 80 Novak, 82 Pagac, 84 Douglas, 88 Smith
    DID NOT PLAY
    • 18 Dickinson
    INACTIVE
    • 26 Davis, 40 Washington

    INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

    RUSHING
    • BUCCANEERS: Carter 19-79, McNeill 3-13, DuBose 3-8, Dickinson 2-5, Johnson 1-1.
    • JETS: Gaines 27-103, Davis 16-76, Todd 3-37, Giammona 1-(-5).
    PASSING
    • BUCCANEERS: Spurrier 19-8-75-1-0, Hanratty 8-3-24-0-0, Dickinson 13-7-103-1-0.
    • JETS: Todd 10-3-50-0-0, Namath 12-7-94-0-1.
    RECIEVING
    • BUCCANEERS: Carter 6-37, B.Moore 2-32, Owens 2-19, McNeill 2-17, McKay 1-49, Smith 1-20, Douglas 1-12, Williams 1-6, M.Moore 1-6, Johnson 1-4.
    • JETS: Gaines 4-76, Caster 4-44, Piccone 1-14, Knight 1-10.
    INTERCEPTIONS
    • BUCCANEERS: none.
    • JETS: Sowells 1-27, Taylor 1-22.
    KICK RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Carter 3-73, McNeil 2-43, Lemon 1-2.
    • JETS: Piccone 1-23.
    PUNT RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: Reece 2-7.
    • JETS: Piccone 6-112, Giammona 1.
    SACKS
    • BUCCANEERS: Wood 1-11.
    • JETS: Neal 2-16, Galiagher 1-1, Poole 1-14.

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