October 29, 1989 -- Football games don't get much more satisfying from a Bills' standpoint than the one on this day against the Miami Dolphins. The Bills ran their rival into the ground by a convincing 31-17 margin before a record crowd (80,208) in Rich Stadium.
Frank Reich filled in for the injured Jim Kelly, and he almost could have played the game in a rocking chair. Reich threw the ball only nine times as the Bills ran the ball 51 times for 280 yards rushing. Thurman Thomas had 148 of those yards, a career high, and Larry Kinnebrew added 121 yards. Each scored a touchdown.
One of Reich's six completions was a 63-yard strike to Don Beebe, which went for the third of three second-quarter touchdowns.
Meanwhile, Kirby Jackson finished off the Dolphins by intercepting a Dan Marino pass and going 40 yards for a touchdown.
"It was just a disappointment to come up here and get handled that way," said Miami coach Don Shula, whose team had just lost its sixth straight game to Buffalo.
--- Budd Bailey