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This Day in Bills History, Oct. 24: Lamonica gets win in relief

Oct. 24, 1964 – Sometimes it's good to be a backup quarterback, particularly when you have days like this one.

The Bills were hosting the New York Jets in War Memorial Stadium, and on a 40-degree day, the Buffalo offense was quite chilled. The Jets had a 24-10 lead over the Bills in the third quarter, and it appeared the Bills' unbeaten start to the season at that point was about to come to an end. Jack Kemp had some good moments, but coach Lou Saban opted to try a change in quarterbacks.

Daryle Lamonica turned out to be a good relief pitcher.

The Bills started their comeback in the third quarter, when Robert Smith ran 13 yards for a score. In the final period, Lamonica hit Elbert Dubenion on a 44-yard pass for a TD. Then the Notre Dame graduate scored on a 3-yard run.

When Pete Gogolak added one last field goal, the Bills had themselves a 34-24 victory. Lamonica was 4 of 11 for 127 yards, and made the key plays as the Bills improved to 7-0 on the season.

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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