Venue: B.C. Place Stadium
Location: Vancouver, BC
Date: November 25
Winning Coach: Mike Riley
Outstanding Offensive Player: Tom Burgess, QB, Winnipeg
Outstanding Defensive Player: Greg Battle, LB, Winnipeg
Outstanding Canadian: Warren Hudson, FB, Winnipeg
For the second time in three years, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers were labelled as underdogs heading into the Grey Cup. Once again the Blue Bombers proved the prognosticators wrong.
Known for a strong defence, it was the offence that stole the show for Winnipeg in a rout over the Edmonton Eskimos. The Blue Bombers scored a record 28 points in the third quarter alone as they cruised to victory.
Greg Battle, voted the CFL’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player that season, showed why he was deserving of the nod making two interceptions, including one he returned 32 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter. An earlier interception in the shadow of Winnipeg’s goal posts on Edmonton’s initial offensive series changed the early momentum. Battle returned the ball 56 yards for the second-longest interception return in Grey Cup history. It began Winnipeg’s first scoring drive resulting in a 13-yard field goal by Trevor Kennerd.
On Edmonton’s next possession, running back Blake Marshall fumbled the ball which Winnipeg’s David Bovell recovered at the Eskimos 45. Five plays later, Winnipeg quarterback Tom Burgess hit receiver Lee Hull with an 11-yard pass at the corner of the end zone. The Blue Bombers led 10-4 at halftime.
Then the fireworks started. First it was the Battle major, as he reached over the shoulder of intended Edmonton receiver Michael Soles and stole the ball from his hands. This was followed by Perry Tuttle’s five-yard touchdown catch. Tuttle set the play up with a 60-yard reception on a nicely thrown spiral by Burgess.
Edmonton’s Craig Ellis fumbled after making a catch at midfield which was recovered by Winnipeg’s Ken Hailey. Four plays later, Burgess threw a screen pass to Warren Hudson who scampered 10 yards for another touchdown. On the final play of the third quarter, Hudson scored his second major on a two-yard plunge.
The Blue Bombers added to their total late in the game as Rick House made a 56-yard touchdown grab.
Edmonton’s lone touchdown came from Larry Willis on a 20-yard pass from Tracy Ham in the fourth quarter.
Burgess completed 18 of 31 passes for 286 yards and three touchdowns. It was his second straight championship after being a backup pivot in Saskatchewan in 1989.
In total, the Winnipeg defence forced eight Edmonton turnovers -- four fumbles, three interceptions and one on downs.