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(Sunday, October 4th)
Final Score: Miami 38, Buffalo 10
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Ronnie Brown rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries while Ricky Williams added 85 yards and a TD on the ground as Miami trounced Buffalo, 38-10, in an AFC East tussle.
Chad Henne's first start in place of the injured Chad Pennington was solid, as he passed for 115 yards and a touchdown on 14-of-22 passes for the Dolphins (1-3), who avoided their second 0-4 start in three years by posting a season- high in points.
"We came out and tried to throw it early. We missed on a couple but then got into a rhythm, particularly on third down," Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano said. "I thought [Henne] had a really good grasp as to what the defense was giving him."
Trent Edwards completed 14-of-26 passes for 192 yards and one score but was intercepted three times and sacked six times for the Bills (1-3), who have dropped two in a row.
Terrell Owens, who had a 185-game reception streak snapped last Sunday, came up with three catches for 60 yards in the loss.
Following a scoreless opening quarter, Dan Carpenter drilled a 33-yard field goal to put Miami on the board with 11:38 left in the half.
Vontae Davis made it 10-0 for the Dolphins when he picked off an Edwards pass and returned it 23 yards for a touchdown only 15 seconds later.
Rian Lindell provided Buffalo's first points of the contest on a 35-yarder, but Brown capped a 66-yard Miami drive with a one-yard score for a 17-3 game at the half.
Brian Hartline's five-yard TD reception gave the home team a 24-3 edge with 8:26 to play in the third.
Edwards was intercepted again on the Bills' next series and Miami was set up on Buffalo's 27-yard-line. A nine-play Dolphins scoring drive was then capped by a one-yard plunge from Williams, who fumbled but recovered the ball.
Josh Reed hauled in a three-yard TD pass from Edwards just 10 seconds into the fourth quarter, but the Dolphins wrapped up the game with 3:43 left on Brown's four-yard TD run.
"This is a huge disappointment for us. There's no place for me to point except myself," Bills head coach Dick Jauron said. "It just wasn't a very good day at all...Our defense got worn down."
Miami leads the all-time series, 52-34-1 including a 28-14-1 mark in south Florida...The Dolphins outgained the Bills by a 336-206 margin, including a 250-46 edge on the ground.
10/04 20:39:51 ET
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