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This Day in Bills History, Oct. 7: Striking late and often

Oct. 7, 1990 - The Bills were known for their quick-strike scoring ability at this point in their history. On this particular night, they might have outdone themselves.

The Bills put on a memorable burst in the fourth quarter to beat the Los Angeles Raiders, 38-24, before 80,076. They scored 24 points in six minutes and three seconds to turn a possible defeat into a sure victory.

J.D. Williams returned a blocked punt 38 yards for a score. Nate Odomes stripped Willie Gault of the ball and ran 49 yards for another TD. Jim Kelly did the rest, throwing for three touchdowns.

The Bills improved their record to 4-1. Coach Marv Levy didn't think the Bills were lucky to take four of their first five games.

“I consider that we earned 4-1, every inch of it," Levy said. "Our players have earned it. Earned it."

Buffalo stayed in a tie for first in the AFC East with the Dolphins with that victory. They joined Cincinnati at the top of the conference standings.

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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