October 8, 1972 -- Call it the Last Hurrah, Rockpile edition.
The Bills recorded their final victory at War Memorial Stadium history on this date, a 38-14 victory over the New England Patriots. Buffalo scored 28 unanswered points in the second quarter, including a touchdown run by O.J. Simpson and two short TD bursts by Jim Braxton, to take a 31-7 lead at halftime. break the game open.
Simpson was on his way to his first rushing title that season, but this particular week didn't help his numbers much. He finished with only 31 yards on 13 carries. (He was 2 for 3 for 53 yards passing, oddly enough.) Braxton actually got the ball more often, carrying 15 times for 58 yards.
Trivia buffs might be interesting in the name of the person who scored a touchdown for New England … Brian Dowling. He was the quarterback of the famous undefeated Yale team of 1968. Garry Trudeau, the author of the famous comic strip "Doonesbury," loosely based his B.D. character on Dowling. Jim Plunkett was the Patriots' starter that season.
You might be thinking that it's pretty early in the calendar to get a final home victory. You'd be right. The Bills had an odd schedule that year. They opened with four straight games at home (they went 2-2), and later played four straight games on the road. That team finished 4-9-1.
--- Budd Bailey