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This Day in Bills History, Oct. 5: The start of something big

Oct. 5, 1963 – It’s easy to pick the moment where Lou Saban and his Buffalo Bills started their roll toward becoming one of the best teams in the American Football League.

The Bills had not had a great deal of success in their first three seasons. Then they opened Season Four with a 0-3-1 record. There couldn’t have been much optimism that good times were around the corner.

Then the Raiders came to War Memorial Stadium, coached by the legendary Al Davis. The Raiders were on their way to a 10-4 season, so they were a quality opponent.

But on this particular day, they couldn’t do a thing against the Bills. Buffalo walked away with a 12-0 win. If you are thinking the Bills scored four field goals, you’d be wrong. Mack Yoho kicked one, and added an extra point after a Jack Kemp touchdown pass to Bill Miller.

The defense came up with a safety as Harry Jacobs and Mike Stratton sacked future Bills quarterback Tom Flores in the end zone. Oakland was held to 143 total yards.

   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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