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This Day in Bills History, Oct. 26: It's Kemp to Ferguson for the win

Oct. 26, 1963 – On a relatively warm Saturday in War Memorial Stadium, Charley Ferguson provided the finish to a game to remember.

The Bills were hosting the Boston Patriots, who were becoming the Bills' biggest divisional rival. Buffalo had gotten three 1-yard TD runs by, of all people, Jack Kemp. Boston had three touchdowns as well, two on passes by veteran QB Babe Parilli.

That set the stage for Ferguson to catch a 72-yard touchdown pass from Kemp in the fourth quarter, giving the Bills a 28-21 win.

Kemp was known as a fine long passer, and he showed it on this day. The veteran was 18 for 36 for 317 yards. Kemp also ran nine times for 26 yards, including the three touchdown sneaks. Ferguson finished with three catches for 109 yards.

Buffalo improved to 3-4-1 for the season while the Patriots fell to 4-4.

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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