This Day in Bills History, Oct. 8: The Rockpile's last win - The Buffalo News

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This Day in Bills History, Oct. 8: The Rockpile's last win

Oct. 8, 1972 – Call it the Last Hurrah.

The Bills recorded their final victory at War Memorial Stadium history on this date, a 38-14 win over the New England Patriots. Buffalo scored 28 unanswered points in the second quarter, including a touchdown run by O.J. Simpson and two short TD bursts by Jim Braxton, to break the game open.

Trivia buffs might be interested in the name of the person who scored a touchdown for New England – Brian Dowling. He was the quarterback of the famous undefeated Yale team of 1968. Garry Trudeau, the author of the famous comic strip "Doonesbury," loosely based his B.D. character on Dowling.

You might be thinking that it's pretty early in the calendar to get a final home victory. You'd be right. It was an odd schedule that year – the Bills opened with four straight games at home (they went 2-2), and later played four straight games on the road. That team finished 4-9-1.

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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