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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: A good start

   November 9, 1986 -- It didn't take Marv Levy long to turn around the Buffalo Bills. At least for a week.

   The new coach of the Bills at that point in history won his first game in that position after taking over from Hank Bullough earlier in the week. Buffalo defeated Pittsburgh, 16-12, in Rich Stadium.

   It was not a day for passing and kicking. The winds at Rich Stadium were clocked at 33 miles per hour, supplying something of a funhouse atmosphere to the game.

   The Bills jumped off to a 13-0 lead at halftime on a 3-yard touchdown pass from Jim Kelly to Andre Reed, and a 5-yard run by Robb Riddick. Pittsburgh scored the next 12 points … missing both extra points in the process … but a 29-yard Scott Norwood field goal in the fourth quarter iced the game to some extent.

   Jim Kelly was 11 for 22 for only 95 yards, while Riddick ran for 108 yards. Mark Malone played quarterback for the Steelers in the game, which was one of two wins for the Bills under Levy that season.

--- 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.