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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: A temporary home

   October 27, 1979 -- Syracuse University's football team had a problem in 1979 -- it didn't have a place to play its home games. Archbold Stadium hosted its last game in 1978, and the new Carrier Dome wouldn't be ready until 1980.

   To fill the schedule, Syracuse toured upstate New York in search of playing facilities. Two of the Orangemen's games wound up in Rich Stadium. One of them came on this date, as Syracuse defeated the University of Miami, 25-15, before about 8,000 fans. (The other was a Sept. 29 game against Washington State.)

   SU quarterback Bill Hurley, who played high school football at St. Joe's, came home to rush for 109 yards and pass for 99 more. Art Monk and Gary Anderson were on the Syracuse roster that day. However, the crowd should have paid more attention to the Miami offense.

   In the third quarter, Jim Kelly checked in to the game to lead the Hurricanes' offense. He went 7 for 17 for 130 yards and a touchdown in his first good-sized amount of playing time as a college quarterback. Kelly would get to know the facility a lot better down the road.

   Syracuse also played home games in Ithaca and at the Meadowlands complex in New Jersey. It finished 7-5.

 --- Budd Bailey

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