Sept. 28, 1969 – O.J. Simpson was used to winning when he was a Heisman Trophy winner at Southern California. He had to wait a little while to get that winning feeling as a member of the Buffalo Bills.
Simpson probably wasn't expecting immediate success, since he joined a team that went 1-12-1 in 1968. Still, he had to wait through two losses with the Bills during his rookie season. Then, Buffalo came through with a 41-28 victory over the Denver Broncos.
What's more, Simpson had a lot to do with the victory, which came in Buffalo's third straight home game. The rookie ran for 110 yards on 24 carries, his first 100-yard game as a pro. He also caught five passes for 45 yards and a touchdown.
The Bills scored 38 points in the middle two periods to win going away. Jack Kemp was 19 for 38 for 249 yards and three touchdowns. One of the scoring passes was a 55-yarder to Haven Moses, while Wayne Patrick scored on a 4-yard run and Butch Byrd returned an interception 12 yards for a score.
Denver's leading rusher was its quarterback; Pete Liske ran for 32 yards. It was an eventful day for Liske, who was 17 of 45 for 289 yards with three touchdowns and five interceptions.
The coach of the Broncos that day? Lou Saban.
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.
Story topics: This Day in Bills' History