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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: A snooze-fest

   October 16, 1977 -- For those of you with enough free time to make up a list of the dullest games in Buffalo Bills' history, here's a great candidate.

   It was a rainy day at Rich Stadium, as the Bills defeated the Atlanta Falcons, 3-0. Only 27,348 turned out for this one, and the ones that stayed home might have had the right idea at least in terms of entertainment value.

   The one score came from Neil O'Donoghue, who kicked a 30-yard field goal in the second quarter. The kicker only lasted five games as a Bill, although he went on to play for Tampa Bay and St. Louis through 1985.

   The quarterbacks had a day to forget. Buffalo's Joe Ferguson was 8 of 21 for 96 yards. Atlanta's Scott Hunter, who was a member of the Bills in 1974 (he played in one game) was 9 for 29 for 95 yards and two interceptions. Elsewhere, O.J. Simpson did run for 138 yards on 23 carries.

   At least one person enjoyed the outcome, at least. Bills head coach Jim Ringo finally recorded his first win while on the job after about a year of trying. He'd get two more before exiting with a career record of 3-20.

--- 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.