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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Relief is on the way

     October 24, 1964 -- Sometimes it's good to be a backup quarterback, particularly when you have days like this one.

     The Bills were hosting the New York Jets in War Memorial Stadium, and on a 40-degree days the Buffalo offense was quite chilled. The Jets had a 24-10 lead over the Bills in the third quarter, and it appeared the Bills' unbeaten start to the season at that point was about to come to an end. Jack Kemp had some good moments, but coach Lou Saban opted to try a change in quarterbacks.

     Daryle Lamonica turned out to be a good relief pitcher.

     The Bills started their comeback in the third quarter, when Robert Smith ran 13 yards for a score. In the final period, Lamonica hit Elbert Dubenion on a 44-yard pass for a touchdown. Then the Notre Dame graduate scored on a 3-yard run.

     When Pete Gogolak added one last field goal, the Bills had themselves a 34-24 victory. Lamonica was 4 of 11 for 127 yards, and made the key plays as the Bills improved to 7-0 on the 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.