Location: Edmonton, AB
Date: November 18
Winning Coach: Cal Murphy
Outstanding Offensive Player: Tom Clements, QB, Winnipeg
Outstanding Defensive Player: Tyrone Jones, LB, Winnipeg
Outstanding Canadian: Sean Kehoe, RB, Winnipeg
It was the 1960s all over again as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers battled the Hamilton Tiger-Cats one again for the Grey Cup. For Bombers fans, it was a long time coming, having not celebrated a national championship since 1962.
Most of the experts believed this was a mismatch on paper, and they turned out to be correct. But not before the Ticats showed signs of an upset as Hamilton jumped to a 14-3 first quarter lead.
Winnipeg quarterback Tom Clements was ineffective in the opening 15 minutes, getting picked off two times by Felix Wright and Mark Streeter. Both interceptions led to Hamilton scores. Former Bombers pivot Dieter Brock scored on a 15-yard scamper, and completed a seven-yard pass to Rocky DiPietro for the other major.
But the Bombers were not out of it by a long shot. They got their initial points on a 25-yard field goal by Trevor Kennerd to close out the opening quarter, then went on to score 27 points in the second quarter to establish a new Grey Cup record.
Clements improved as the game wore on, completing a 12-yard touchdown pass to Joe Poplawski to put Winnipeg in the lead for good. Clements played the game with a rib injury.
The turning point of the game came 2:26 before halftime when Brock was levelled by Winnipeg linebacker Tyrone Jones. The ball was knocked loose and nose tackle Stan Mikawos picked up a loose football and ran 22 yards for a touchdown. This put the Bombers in front 24-17.
Willard Reaves, the CFL Most Outstanding Player, scored a pair of touchdowns on three-yard runs. His action was limited due to an injured shoulder, but did rush for 64 yards.
Winnipeg backup quarterback John Hufnagel completed a four-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Boyd in the fourth quarter to complete the rout.
Bombers cornerback David Shaw intercepted a Brock pass in the second quarter, returning the ball 26 yards to the Hamilton 28 to help set up one of Reaves’ scores.
Bernie Ruoff booted a 20-yard field goal for Hamilton in the second quarter. Kennerd kicked four field goals for Winnipeg.
Winnipeg scored 44 unanswered points, shutting out the Ticats in the final 30 minutes.
It was the first time the Grey Cup was held in Edmonton. It was a chilly one as the game time temperature was minus-10 degrees.