Which player currently holds the Buffalo Bills record for most rushing touchdowns in a single game?
The Buffalo Bills have had a number of great running backs in their franchise history and the first players that usually are mentioned includes Thurman Thomas, O.J. Simpson, and more recently LeSean McCoy.
However, one of the first genuinely great running backs in franchise history was Cookie Gilchrist. He would play three seasons with the Bills from 1962 to 1964 and during that stretch, he would be named either a first-team or second-team All-Pro as well as win Player of the Year in 1962.
He would also lead the league in rushing touchdowns in 1963 due in part to his performance against the Jets towards the end of the season. In that game, he would have 243 rushing yards while finding the end zone five times, which is a record that still stands today.
It shouldn't be surprising that the Buffalo Bills would blow out the Jets by a final score of 45-14 and lean heavily on Gilchrist. He would have 36 rushing attempts while Daryle Lamonica, the Bills quarterback, would have only 16 pass attempts.
Gilchrist would score the first touchdown and the game was relatively close after one quarter with the Bills winning 10-7. However, two touchdowns in the second quarter, one of which was by Cookie Gilchrist, extended the Bills lead to 24-7 at halftime.
In the second half, the Bills' run game took over as Gilchrist would have three straight touchdowns that expanded the team's lead to 45-7 before the Jets added a meaningless touchdown in the fourth.
Cookie Gilchrist would only play three seasons in Buffalo but he clearly made an impact with a record that still is in place more than 50 years later.