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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Saban gets a win

   October 13, 1962 -- Would this new coach of the Buffalo Bills ever win a game? Fans had to be asking that question about Lou Saban before the game played on this particular date.

   The Bills had started the 1962 season 0-5, putting themselves at the bottom of the AFL's Eastern Division. Week Six, though, was different. The Bills thumped the San Diego Chargers, 35-10, in War Memorial Stadium.

   Warren Rabb threw three touchdown passes (out of only five completions), including a 76-yard strike to the speedy Glenn Bass. Cookie Gilchrist notched two scores. Gilchrist and Wayne Crow both ran for more than 100 yards. In fact, Buffalo rushed for a team-record 303 yards and gained 439 total yards.

   On defense, Carl Charon intercepted three San Diego passes. The Chargers couldn't even score a touchdown until the final quarter, when the Bills were up by a 35-3 margin.

   Better times were ahead. The Bills went on a 7-1-1 run to finish the season at 7-6-1. That was only good for third in the division, but at least the team showed signs of life. This Saban fellow apparently knew what he was doing after all.

--- 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.