Location: Montreal, QC
Date: November 30
Winning Coach: Frank Clair
Most Valuable Player: Russ Jackson, QB, Ottawa
There’s no better way to end your CFL career than as a Grey Cup champion.
That’s exactly what Ottawa’s Russ Jackson accomplished in 1969 in the freezing cold of Montreal’s Autostade. The league’s Most Outstanding Player threw four touchdown passes, including two to Ron Stewart, to lead the Rough Riders to consecutive Grey Cup titles.
In a rematch of the 1966 championship, the Saskatchewan Roughriders struck first. Ottawa’s Bill Van Burkleo slipped on a punt attempt in a muddy area of the field, losing the ball to George Reed on the East Riders’ 31. Shortly thereafter, Ron Lancaster connected on a 27-yard passing touchdown to Alan Ford. The Green Riders took a 9-0 lead after Van Burkleo conceded a safety.
On Ottawa’s first touchdown drive in the second quarter Jackson ran the ball up the middle for 18 yards. Another short run of his own set up an 11-yard pass to Jay Roberts, who broke through a couple of would-be tacklers for the score.
Saskatchewan was given great field position again on a 78-yard kickoff return by Ford. But Ottawa’s Don Sutherin recovered Reed’s fumble on the Ottawa 30, ending the threat.
Saskatchewan’s defence blitzed Jackson all game, but it was no match against the Hall of Fame pivot. Wayne Shaw managed to tip one Jackson pass to Stewart, but he was able to corral the ball behind a wall of blockers before getting into the open for an 80-yard score. It put Ottawa in front to stay.
With Ottawa leading 14-11 in the third quarter, the Green Riders had problems receiving a kick and Dan Dever recovered the ball for Ottawa on the Saskatchewan 27. Ed McQuarters looked to have Jackson dead to rights but he ducked away from the tackle and rolled to his left. Then he hit Jim Mankins just over the goal line with a perfect pass for another touchdown.
The East Riders scored their fourth TD in the fourth quarter. Before Jackson was driven to the ground by Cliff Shaw, he managed to flip the ball to Stewart who scampered 32 yards to the end zone for his second major.
Jackson had not thrown for a touchdown in three straight games leading up to the Grey Cup.
The East Riders ended the decade just as it began -- as champions. Ottawa matched Hamilton’s three Grey Cup victories during the 1960s.