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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Happy day for Ringo

   December 11, 1977 -- The Buffalo Bills won a game on this date.

   This was a rather unusual event at the time.

   The Bills improved to 3-10 in a long, long season with a 14-10 victory over the Jets. New York wasn't exactly a Super Bowl contender either; that team fell to 3-10 as well.

   Joe Ferguson and Bob Chandler were the two stars of the game for Buffalo. They hooked up on a pair of touchdown passes. The second one was a 11-yarder, and it came in the fourth quarter to provide the margin of victory.

   Ferguson wound up 17 of 32 for 238 yards. Roland Hooks was the team's leading rusher with 26 carries for 84 years. O.J. Simpson was already out for the year because of an injury. Buffalo held a 26-10 edge in first downs.

   The Bills lost the following week in Miami. Therefore, the Jets' game was the third and last win for Jim Ringo as a head coach.

 --- 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.