Nov. 6, 1960 – It’s tough to win a football game when you have seven turnovers. It’s true now, and it was true in 1960.
The Dallas Texans came to town for a game with the Bills at War Memorial Stadium, and they wasted no time at all in setting the tone. Quarterback Johnny Green of Buffalo tried a lateral to running back Wray Carlton, but it was intercepted by Dave Webster. The Texan ran eight yards for a touchdown. Three minutes later, Cotton Davidson threw a 6-yard scoring strike to Abner Haynes, one of the AFL’s first starts. It was 14-0 before some of the fans had taken their seats.
The Bills got seven of those points back on a 10-yard run for a touchdown by Joe Kulbacki. But Dallas scored the next 17 points, making it a 31-7 contest. That was essentially it.
Haynes finished the day with three touchdowns, two through the air. For Buffalo, Elbert Dubenion came up with eight catches for 161 yards and a score.
As for the turnovers, the Bills fumbled three balls away and threw four interceptions as a team. One of those picks was by Walt Corey, who later did good work as the Bills’ defensive coordinator.
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.