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This Day in Buffalo Sports History; Squished fish

   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


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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.