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1949 – Montreal Alouettes 28, Calgary Stampeders 15

Venue: Varsity Stadium
Location: Toronto, ON
Date: November 26
Attendance: 20,087
Winning Coach: Lew Hayman

The Calgary Stampeders had an opportunity to defend their Grey Cup title in 1949, but the Montreal Alouettes returned the trophy to Quebec for just the third time in its history.

The Stampeders recovered Virgil Wagner’s fumble on a Calgary punt in the opening quarter giving them excellent field position on the Montreal 40. The Stampeders quickly marched down the field to the one-yard line; however an illegal interference call moved the ball back to the Montreal 25. Keith Spaith’s intended pass for Harry Hood in the end zone was batted down.

The Alouettes turned around with an 85-yard scoring drive as Wagner scored his first of two touchdowns of the game. On the ensuing kickoff the Stampeders fumbled and three plays later the Alouettes scored again. Frank Filchock threw over Spaith’s head and into the arms of Bob Cunningham for the score.

After scoring a single the Stampeders quickly got the ball back at midfield and staged a successful scoring drive. Harry Hood dove into a puddle between the Montreal goal posts, skidding over on his stomach from the two-yard line.

Montreal’s Herb Trawick then came up with the defensive play of the game. As Spaith stood on the Calgary 34 poised for a pass, Trawick roared in from Spaith’s blindside forcing him to fumble. Trawick picked up the ball and ran it over for the touchdown. The Alouettes led 17-7 at the half.

The Alouettes struck again for another touchdown in the third quarter, this time on a 61-yard drive. Wagner had a 37-yard gain on a pitch from Filchock, and Ralph Toohy had a gain of 12 yards before Wagner scored his second major of the game.

Ches McCance added a field goal, giving the Alouettes a commanding 26-7 lead after three quarters.

With the Alouettes pinned deep in their own territory, Johnny Aguirre broke through the Montreal line sacking Cunningham for a Stampeder safety touch. Wagner then fumbled the ball again. This time it was scooped up by Sugarfoot Anderson, who returned it for a touchdown.

The Alouettes scored the final two points of the game on a missed field goal by McCance, and a rouge by Fred Kijek.

For Montreal head coach Ted Morris, it marked his fifth Grey Cup title in five trips to the final.

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