Venue: A.A.A. Grounds
Location: Hamilton, ON
Date: December 3
Winning Coach: Billy Hughes
The Regina Roughriders made history by playing in their fifth consecutive Grey Cup game. It was a record that would last 50 years, only surpassed by the 1977-1982 Edmonton Eskimos.
Unfortunately for the Roughriders, it also marked the fifth straight defeat at the national final. The Hamilton Tigers took home their third Grey Cup in five years taking advantage of a number of Regina miscues.
Curt Schave put the Roughriders in an early hole on the opening play of the game. He ran back Frank Turville’s kickoff to his 25-yard line then dropped the ball as he was tackled. Three plays later, Dinny Gardner took a pass on an extension play and got over the goal line for a major.
The Tigers added two more points when Regina’s Jersey Campbell snapped the ball over punter Charlie Harrison’s head. Harrison ran behind his goal line to retrieve it, getting tackled for a safety.
In the second quarter Regina’s Austin DeFrate threw an ill-advised pass from behind his own goal line which Hamilton’s Ike Sutton pulled down and ran 35 yards untouched for an easy touchdown.
Following Gardner’s field goal, DeFrate cost the Roughriders another six points. He fumbled trying to make a running catch of Eddie Wright’s punt, and Jimmy Simpson picked up the loose ball and ran 20 yards for the Tigers’ third touchdown.
The Roughriders finally broke the shutout in the fourth quarter. Starting from his own 35-yard line, Schave threw a 30-yard pass to Andy Young. Another pass to Nick Busch put Regina on the Hamilton 20. Schave then scampered around the end on a fake play to the one-yard line. The Tigers withstood two plunges, but were called offside on the third play. Regina got three more chances and DeFrate finally went over for a touchdown.
Future Hall of Famer Brian Timmis played his final game for Hamilton, rushing for 105 yards. Teammate Dave Sprague was just as good, running for 95. The Tigers accumulated 376 yards of offence compared to Regina’s 278.
Roughriders head coach Al Ritchie blamed the loss on stagefright, never seeing his club so “stagey” heading into a game.