October 2, 1960 -- The newly formed professional football franchise, the Denver Broncos of the newly formed American Football League won it’s very first home game. They defeated a team which would become one of the Broncos bitterest rivals: the Oakland Raiders. The final score in that contest -- 31-14. This win pushed the fledgling franchise’s season record to 3-1.
The Broncos took a 3-0 lead on a 17-yard K Gene Mingo field goal in the first quarter, but the Raiders answered with a touchdown for a 7-3 lead. The second quarter belonged entirely to Denver as QB Frank Tripucka connected twice with WR Lionel Taylor for touchdowns. Broncos DE Bill Yelverton not only intercepted an Oakland pass in that same quarter, but also returned it 20 yards for a score to give Denver a 24-7 halftime lead. The Raiders did add a second touchdown in the third quarter, but the Broncos answered with a 57-yard touchdown run by FB David Rolle. The Broncos’ defense also shined in this game, intercepting three passes and recovering two fumbles.
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