Final

Bills 10

(1-3, 0-2 away)

Dolphins 38

(1-3, 1-1 home)

Coverage: CBS

4:05 PM ET, October 4, 2009

Sun Life Stadium, Miami, FL 

1 2 3 4 T
BUF 0 3 0 710
MIA 0 17 14 738

Top Performers

Passing: T. Edwards (BUF) - 192 YDS, 1 TD, 3 INT

Rushing: R. Brown (MIA) - 20 CAR, 115 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: T. Owens (BUF) - 3 REC, 60 YDS

Dolphins hammer Bills on ground to tune of 250 yards, 3 TDs to pick up first win

Associated Press

MIAMI -- Terrell Owens made three catches Sunday -- not great, but not bad considering his team seldom had the ball.

Where's T.O.?

Terrell Owens averaged 8.2 passes targeted at him last season with the Cowboys. So far in 2009 with the Bills, he hasn't been targeted eight times yet in any of Buffalo's four games.

Owens by week
Week Targ Rec Yds
1 3 2 46
2 5 3 52
3 5 0 0
4 7 3 60

-- ESPN Stats and Information

The Miami Dolphins finally won at keepaway, rushing for 250 yards and controlling the ball for 37 minutes to earn their first victory by beating hapless Buffalo 38-10.

One week after being held without a catch, Owens was limited to 60 yards receiving. That was far from the only problem for the Bills (1-3), who struggled to block and tackle as they lost their third game in a row.

"We just have to go back to the drawing board," a subdued Owens said. "We're a couple of plays from being 3-1 or 4-0. We just have to execute as a team, and obviously we haven't done that."

Miami came into the game 0-3 despite a strong running attack and an 11-minute edge per game in time of possession, and the grinding ground game finally paid off.

With quarterback Chad Henne making his first NFL start, the Dolphins mounted scoring drives of 65, 66 and 65 yards. They were 11-for-19 on third- and fourth-down conversions -- a category in which they already led the league.

"That's what we want to do -- pound the ball and wear guys down," tackle Jake Long said. "It starts up front, and our running backs were relentless and bulling through people."

Fast Facts

• The Dolphins have now won three straight vs. the Bills, outscoring them 79-29 in those three meetings.

• The Bills are 0-8 vs. AFC East teams dating back to 2008. Their last win against a team in their own division came in Week 14 of 2007 vs. the Dolphins.

• The Dolphins held the Bills to just 46 rush yards and have held opponents to fewer than 100 rush yards in every game this season.

• The Dolphins were minus-6 in turnover margin over their first three games this year but finished plus-3 against Buffalo.

• Rapid Reaction

-- ESPN Stats & Information

Henne, a second-year pro, shook off six sacks and managed the game well in his first start replacing Chad Pennington, sidelined by a season-ending shoulder injury. Henne finished 14-for-22 for 115 yards and no turnovers, and he threw his first NFL touchdown pass, a 5-yarder to rookie Brian Hartline.

"It's definitely a great feeling," Henne said. "Overall we did a wonderful job. Everybody deserves credit for this win."

Wildcat success helped Henne. The Dolphins used the formation nine times for 58 yards, including a 38-yard run by Ronnie Brown, their longest gain this season. Brown ran for 115 yards and two touchdowns, and Ricky Williams added 85 and one score.

"Those 30- and 40-yard runs add up quickly," Bills defensive end Ryan Denney said.

They added up to a 28-point margin of victory, Miami's largest since Sept. 8, 2002.

The injury-plagued Bills gave up 31 points in a 24-minute span while their offense sputtered throughout. Trent Edwards was sacked six times and intercepted three times, with rookie Vontae Davis scoring on a 23-yard return.

The Bills have lost eight consecutive games against AFC East opponents. Of more immediate concern, they have been outscored 65-17 in the past two games.

"This is an embarrassing day," defensive end Chris Kelsay said.

Owens had a 4-yard reception on the first play from scrimmage and caught a long pass for a 39-yard gain to set up a field goal. But for the most part Buffalo struggled to exploit a Miami secondary that had given up big plays in bunches.

Cornerback Will Allen intercepted a pass intended for Owens to set up a touchdown. With Joey Porter out because of a hamstring injury, Dolphins newcomer Cameron Wake picked up the pass-rushing slack and had his first three NFL sacks.

"Winning feels good whether I get two sacks, 25 sacks or zero sacks," Wake said.

The Bills were 1-for-11 on third-down conversions. Marshawn Lynch, playing for the first time this season following a suspension, was held to 4 yards rushing in eight carries.

The Dolphins, who totaled 43 points in their three losses, took control by scoring five times in the second and third quarters. The Bills hardly had the ball during that stretch -- even a 27-yard TD drive by the Dolphins took five minutes.

Miami's first touchdown came quickly, though. On the first play following a field goal, Davis stepped in front of a pass intended for Josh Reed to make the interception and score untouched.

"I was surprised," Davis said. "I saw the football and went, 'wow.' I just knew I had to catch it."

It was Miami's first interception this season.

"That throw shouldn't have been made, to be honest," Edwards said. "If I was able to see, him I wouldn't throw it again."

Game notes


Dolphins LB Jason Taylor hurt his right shoulder in the first quarter but returned to the game and had two sacks. ... Miami had 17 first downs rushing to none for the Bills. ... Buffalo has given up 472 yards rushing in the past two games. ... Hartline's first career TD reception was the first scoring catch by a Miami wideout this season. ... Edwards threw to Owens seven times.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
BUF
MIA
1st Downs1025
Passing 1st downs
88
Rushing 1st downs
017
1st downs from penalties
20
3rd down efficiency
1-119-17
4th down efficiency
1-22-2
Total Plays4973
Total Yards206336
Yards per play4.24.6
Total Drives1211
Passing16086
Comp-Att
14-2614-22
Yards per pass
5.03.1
Interceptions thrown
30
Sacks-Yards Lost
6-326-29
Rushing46250
Rushing Attempts
1745
Yards per rush
2.75.6
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-34-5
Penalties3-195-45
Turnovers30
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
30
Defensive / Special Teams TDs01
Possession22:5137:09

Passing Leaders

BUFC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Edwards14/261927.4136-32
MIAC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Henne14/221155.2106-29

Rushing Leaders

BUFCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jackson9424.709
Lynch840.504
MIACARYDSAVGTDLG
Brown201155.8238
Williams16855.3128

Receiving Leaders

BUFRECYDSAVGTDLG
Owens36020.0039
Evans26030.0035
MIARECYDSAVGTDLG
Camarillo44210.5018
Bess3175.706

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERBUFMIA
miaFG11:42Dan Carpenter 33 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 11 plays, 65 yds, 6:00
03
miaTD11:31Vontae Davis 23 Yard Interception Return (Dan Carpenter Kick is Good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 23 yds, 0:00
010
bufFG8:52Rian Lindell 35 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 5 plays, 37 yds, 2:35
310
miaTD4:29Ronnie Brown 1 Yard Run (Dan Carpenter Kick is Good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 66 yds, 4:25
317
THIRD QUARTERBUFMIA
miaTD8:31Brian Hartline 5 Yard Pass From Chad Henne (Dan Carpenter Kick is Good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 65 yds, 6:34
324
miaTD2:45Ricky Williams 1 Yard Fumble Return (Dan Carpenter Kick is Good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 27 yds, 5:02
331
FOURTH QUARTERBUFMIA
bufTD14:55Josh Reed 3 Yard Pass From Trent Edwards (Rian Lindell Kick is Good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 80 yds, 2:46
1038
miaTD3:49Ronnie Brown 4 Yard Run (Dan Carpenter Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 58 yds, 0:24
1038