The Baltimore Colts beat themselves today.
They were leading, 23-21, in the fourth quarter when quarterback Mike Pagel fumbled the snap from center at his 14-yard line and the ball was recovered by Buffalo Bills linebacker Chris Keating. Two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties against the Colts moved the ball to the two, Joe Ferguson passed to running back Joe Cribbs in the left corner of the end zone and the extra point made it 28-23, the final score.
"There's no way we can play respectable football and continue to do what we have done," said Coach Frank Kush. "We just make a lot of idiotic mistakes." The Colts (1-2) were penalized 15 times for 153 yards.
Ferguson threw three touchdown passes, two to Cribbs, and Cribbs scored again on a one-yard run.
Buffalo (2-1), trailing, 6-0, after Colts rookie Raul Allegre kicked field goals of 28 and 49 yards, went ahead at 10:08 of the second quarter on a three-yard pass to Cribbs. That touchdown drive was aided by a 19-yard pass interference penalty against cornerback Kendall Williams.
Allegre kicked a 45-yard field goal with 23 seconds left in the half, but a 32-yard pass interference penalty on Williams led to Cribbs diving over from a yard out at 3:19 of the third quarter to put the Bills on top, 14-9.
Baltimore's touchdowns were the first this season against the Bills and ended an 18-quarter scoreless streak their defense had posted at home.