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This Day in Bills History, Nov. 1: Still unbeaten

Nov. 1, 1964 – For three quarters, it looked as if the Bills’ unbeaten streak was in serious jeopardy.

Buffalo came into the game with a sparkling 7-0 record in American Football League play. They didn’t figure to have too many problems with a Houston Oilers’ team that was a less-than-impressive 2-5.

The Oilers, though, had plans on spoiling the party as the second half of the season got underway. George Blanda had been sharp in the first quarter, throwing an 11-yard touchdown pass and adding an impressive (in that time) 49-yard field goal. That more than offset a Bobby Smith 37-yard touchdown run for the Bills, giving Houston a 10-7 lead.

That’s the way the lead stood through three quarters, as neither team could score. But Smith added another score, and Cookie Gilchrist romped 60 yards for a touchdown for insurance. Pete Gogolak kicked a 17-yard field goal to complete the scoring in a 24-10 win.

Bills’ passers were 7 for 18 for 112 yards, but the running attack went for 290 yards. Blanda finished 37 for 68 for 393 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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