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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Snowed under

     November 27, 1960 -- Whoops. The Buffalo Bills looked like sure winners in their game against the Denver Broncos. They were ahead, 38-7, late in the third quarter -- in Denver, no less.

     The Bills didn't lose, but they didn't win either. Denver scored the final 31 points of the game to finish in a 38-38 tie.

     The game is remembered by the Bills' players for its unusual weather. It was 45 degrees and sunny in the morning. But by the time the game started, a snowstorm had begun.

     "At halftime there were six to seven inches of snow on the ground," Joe Kulbacki said in the book, "Rockin' the Rockpile." "By the second half it had become a complete blizzard."

     The main villain was wide receiver Lionel Taylor, who scored three touchdowns on passes from Frank Tripucka (also known to basketball fans as Kelly's father). Taylor finished the day with nine catches for 199 yards. Gene Mingo's 19-yard field goal lifted the Broncos into the tie.

     For the Bills, Elbert Dubenion caught six passes for 134 yards, including a 76-yard touchdown.

--- 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.