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This Day in Bills History, Oct. 30: A blowout win over the Jets

Oct. 30, 1966 – Bills fans always liked to see their favorites beat Joe Namath and his New York Jets. It’s perhaps because Namath always offered a good challenge.

Therefore, those boosters must have been smiling after this game in War Memorial Stadium. The Bills went home with a 33-23 win over the Jets.

Buffalo gave up an early field goal to Jim Turner, and then went on a rampage in the second quarter. Jack Kemp scored on a quarterback sneak and Booth Lusteg added two field goals. It was 13-3 Bills, at the half.

Then Charlie Warner went 95 yards with the opening kickoff in the second half. That broke the game open, and Kemp (1-yard run) and Lusteg (field goal) added to the fun. It was 30-3 after three quarters.

The Jets scored 20 points in the fourth quarter, including two touchdown passes by Namath. But the Bills held on for a win that knocked the Jets out of sole possession of first place in the AFL East.

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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