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Dolphins 30, Bills 23

Bush keeps Dolphins headed in right direction

By John Wawrow
Associated Press / December 19, 2011
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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - The Buffalo Bills couldn’t get a hand on Reggie Bush. And the Miami Dolphins running back proved too slippery for the slick field, too.

With persistent flurries blowing in off nearby Lake Erie, Bush rushed for a career-best 203 yards and capped a 76-yard touchdown run by sliding feetfirst through the end zone to help secure a 30-23 win yesterday over the free-falling Bills, who have lost seven in a row.

“I play FIFA a lot on PlayStation, and they’re always sliding a soccer slide,’’ Bush said of his celebration. “Just having fun. Just enjoying the moment.’’

It was a moment to enjoy for a Dolphins team that won its first game under interim coach Todd Bowles after Tony Sparano was fired last Monday.

And it was a breakthrough outing for Bush.

After spending the past few weeks showing he’s capable of rushing for 100 yards, Bush stepped up his game to a new level. The 203 yards matched his combined rushing total from his past two games, and it ranks third on the Dolphins’ all-time list.

Matt Moore showed no signs of a head and neck injury that sidelined him a week ago by throwing two touchdown passes - a 22-yarder to Anthony Fasano and a 65-yard strike to Brandon Marshall - and finishing with 217 yards passing. Cornerback Vontae Davis had two of Miami’s three interceptions.

Miami won for the fifth time in seven games since a 0-7 start. The Dolphins have come a long way since giving up a franchise-record 622 yards to the Patriots in Week 1. The teams meet again Saturday at Gillette Stadium.

“The pride of this team, which is basically all we’ve got now, is showing,’’ Moore said. “Coach Bowles did a good job of keeping everybody together.’’

The Bills no longer look like the upstart team that got off to a 5-2 start.

“It’s like a tale of two seasons,’’ linebacker Chris Kelsay said. “I think we expected to win every time we stepped on the field. I don’t think we expect to win now.’’

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