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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Long distance

   October 26, 1963 -- On a relatively warm Saturday in War Memorial Stadium, Charley Ferguson provided the finish to a game to remember.

   The Bills were hosting the Boston Patriots, who were becoming the Bills' biggest divisional rival in that era. Buffalo had rebounded to win two of three after starting 0-3-1.

   Buffalo had gotten three touchdown runs by, of all people, Jack Kemp. All were on 1-yard runs. Boston had three touchdowns as well, two coming on passes by veteran quarterback Babe Parilli.

   That set the stage for Ferguson. Kemp found him with a 72-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter, and the Bills walked away with a thrilling 28-21 win.

   Kemp finished 18 for 36 for 317 yards, while Ferguson caught three passes for 109 yards. Cookie Gilchrist was held to 49 yards rushing.

   Ferguson had spent two years in the National Football League before arriving in Buffalo in 1963. He played four years here, with 46 career receptions.

--- 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.

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