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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Airing it out

   November 1, 1964 -- It is hoped that George Blanda, and the Bills' secondary, received a day off after the Oilers played in Buffalo on this date. They earned it.

   The Bills beat the Oilers, 24-10, in War Memorial Stadium. That improved Buffalo's record to 8-0, meaning the team had already set a club record for victories in a season.

   You can't say Houston didn't try to catch up. Blanda set pro football records for pass completions (37) and attempts (68) in the game. Charley Hennigan caught 12 of the passes for 160 yards. Blanda threw for one touchdown and had three interceptions.

   The leading rusher for Houston? Charlie Tolar, better known as "The Human Bowling Ball." The fullback had 13 carries for 32 yards.

   Buffalo ran for 290 yards on the day, led by Cookie Gilchrist with 139 yards on 13 carries. He scored once, and Bobby L. Smith added two more touchdowns.

  The Bills added one more win to their streak before losing, and went on to a 12-2 record that 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.