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This Day in Bills History, Dec. 8: Lookie, lookie, here comes Cookie

Dec. 8, 1963 - If you are coming up with a list of the greatest days in history by a Bills' running back, this one belongs in the argument. Cookie Gilchrist had a game for the ages against the New York Jets in War Memorial Stadium on this date.

He set an AFL record by rushing for 243 yards on 36 carries. The total was higher than anyone had ever compiled in the rival National Football League. Buffalo had a team total of 285 yards rushing on the day.

Gilchrist made his runs count, too. He ran for five touchdowns as the Bills took a 45-14 decision from the Jets. Gilchrist set an AFL record for yards in a season in that game, finishing the day with 1,096 yards.

By the way, the Bills scored in every quarter in earning the victory. Mack Yoho (field goal and extra point) and Elbert Dubenion (touchdown catch) were the other Buffalo players to score that day.

The win ended a two-game losing streak and moved the Bills' record to 6-6-1.

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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