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This Day in Bills History, Sept. 18: First home game is a loss

Sept. 18, 1960 – The Bills hosted their first-ever regular-season game at War Memorial Stadium on this date. The area apparently wasn’t overwhelmed with the idea. A crowd of 15,229 turned out to see the Denver Broncos come to Buffalo. The visitors came away with a 27-21 victory.

At least they saw a good game. Elbert Dubenion and Wray Carlton – two original Bills who would have an impact for the next several years – scored touchdowns. Dubenion’s two scores came from quarterback Tommy O’Donnell.

On the minus side, O’Donnell threw five interceptions, and fellow quarterback Bob Brodhead had another. One of them was to Johnny Pyatte, who ran 40 yards for the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter. Buffalo had never trailed until that moment of the game.

Frank Tripucka threw two touchdown passes for the Broncos, as the Bills fell to 0-2 on the season. Tripucka was the father of Notre Dame and NBA basketball player Kelly Tripucka.

Budd Bailey is a retired sports reporter and editor at The Buffalo News. He is also the author of "Today in Buffalo Sports History." Learn more about the book here.

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