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Sunday, December 05, 1976 - Away Game

LOSS - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 00 Pittsburgh Steelers 42

John McKay gave ex-Steelers quarterback Terry Hanratty the start against his former team, saying that Hanratty’s familiarity with the Steelers’ schemes made him the best choice. “I don’t know if I’m doing him a favor or not”, said McKay, who compared the game to Custer’s last stand.

Hanratty was pulled in favor of Steve Spurrier in the second half. McKay later told reporters critical of Hanratty’s performance, “You guys should take a Sunday off and play behind our offensive line. They just poured in on us."

Rocky Bleier ran for 118 yards and three touchdowns, and Terry Bradshaw completed two touchdown passes to Lynn Swann.

Franco Harris, with 55 yards rushing, became the fourth player both to rush for 5,000 yards in four seasons, and to gain 1,000 yards four or more times. The Steelers jumped out to a quick 21–0 lead, helped by two early Tampa Bay turnovers deep in their own territory. Pittsburgh players, some of whom could still remember having gone 0–13 after winning their opener in 1969, described the game as “strange”, but declined to comment on the Buccaneers’ play.

The Buccaneers managed only 85 yards of offense against a Steeler team that needed the win to maintain their playoff chances.

GAMEDAY BRIEF

  • WEATHER: Sunny - 28°F. - Humidity 58% - Wind N.W. 8mph Wind Chill 19°F.
  • OFFICALS
    • REFEREE: Cal Lepore
    • UMPIRE: John Keck
    • HEAD LINESMAN: Bill Swanson
    • LINE JUDGE: Ray Sonnenberg
    • SIDE JUDGE: Grover Klemmer
    • FIELD JUDGE: Jack Vaughan
    SCORING
    • STEELERS: 07:01-1Q Bleier 7 run (Gerela kick)
    • STEELERS: 13:37-2Q Bleier 1 run (Gerela kick)
    • STEELERS: 12:53-2Q Kruczek 1 run (Gerela kick)
    • STEELERS: 06:05-2Q Bleier 3 run (Gerela kick)
    • STEELERS: 09:42-3Q Swann 35 pass from Bradshaw (Gerela kick)
    • STEELERS: 00:17-3Q Swann 23 pass from Bradshaw (Gerela kick)
    STARTERS OFFENSE
    • WR: #88 B. Smith
    • LT: #71 S. Young
    • LG: #72 H. Fest
    • C: #51 D. Ryczek
    • RG: #67 T. Alward
    • RT: #74 M. Current
    • TE: #82 F. Pagac
    • WR: #84 F. Douglas
    • QB: #05 T. Hanratty
    • RB: #43 E. Williams
    • RB: #32 L. Carter
    STARTERS DEFENSE
    • LE: #78 C. Rudolph
    • LT: #76 D. Pear
    • RT: #64 G. Robinson
    • RE: #66 P. Toomay
    • SLB: #30 J. Gunn
    • MLB: #52 S. Reese
    • RLB: #54 R. Wood
    • LCB: #24 R. Word
    • RCB: #25 C. Jordan
    • LS: #33 M. Cotney
    • RS: #28 K. Stone
    SUBSTITUTIONS
    • 4 Green, 11 Spurrier, 19 Johnson, 20 Pierson, 21 Martin, 22 McNeill, 27 Davis, 35 DuBose, 44 Moore, 53 Ball, 55 Sims, 59 Lemon, 65 Moore, 69 McAleney, 70 Young, 77 Little, 79 Wilson, 80 Novak, 85 Owens, 89 McKay
    DID NOT PLAY
    • none.
    INACTIVE
    • 86 Moore

    INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

    RUSHING
    • BUCCANEERS: DuBose 5-32, Carter 11-26, Williams 8-25, McNeill 2-14, Hanratty 1-1, Green 1-0, M.Moore 2-(-4).
    • STEELERS: Bleier 29-118, Harris 14-55, Harrison 8-29, Lewis 1-8, Bradshaw 2-7, Fuqua 1-2, Pough 1-2, Kruczek 1-1, Deloplaine 1-0.
    PASSING
    • BUCCANEERS: Hanratty 4-1-(-1)-1-0, Spurrier 10-4-58-1-0.
    • STEELERS: Kruczek 7-6-84-0-0, Bradshaw 8-6-79-0-2.
    RECIEVING
    • BUCCANEERS: Novak 2-30, Owens 1-27, Williams 1-1, Carter 1-(-1).
    • STEELERS: Swann 5-92, Brown 2-29, Cunningham 2-15, Bleier 1-15, Lewis 1-9, Deloplaine 1-3.
    INTERCEPTIONS
    • BUCCANEERS: none.
    • STEELERS: Blount 1-27, Shell 1-4.
    KICK RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: McNeil 3-47, Douglas 2-45, M.Moore 1-23, Johnson 1-16.
    • STEELERS: Deloplaine 1-24.
    PUNT RETURNS
    • BUCCANEERS: M.Moore 2-6.
    • STEELERS: Deloplaine 3-14, Bell 2-12.
    SACKS
    • BUCCANEERS: none.
    • STEELERS: Greene 1.5-13.5, Furness 1.5-10.5, Lambert 1-15, Shell 0.5-3.5, Toews 0.5-3.5.

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