GREY CUP LIVE
Venue: McMahon Stadium
Location: Calgary, AB
Date: November 28
Winning Coach: Ron Lancaster
Most Valuable Player: Damon Allen, QB, Edmonton
Most Valuable Canadian: Sean Fleming, K, Edmonton
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers returned to the Grey Cup in 1993 but once again they were foiled by an Alberta club.
The Edmonton Eskimos went out in front 21-0 before hanging on to their 11th Grey Cup title. The Blue Bombers cut their deficit to 24-20 in the fourth quarter before yielding to defeat again.
Winnipeg miscues in the first quarter led to its downfall. The Eskimos took advantage of a blocked punt, a fumbled kickoff return and an interception within the first 10 minutes of the game. Lucius Floyd scored on a four-yard carry, while Jim Sandusky caught a two-yard pass from Damon Allen. Sean Fleming added a field goal at the end of the quarter.
Another Winnipeg fumble in the second quarter, this time on a punt return, put the Eskimos in front by three converted touchdowns following Fleming’s 26-yard field goal.
The Blue Bombers finally got on the scoreboard late in the first half on Michael Richardson’s three-yard run. Both teams exchanged field goals as Edmonton held a 24-10 lead at halftime.
Winnipeg made a game of it in the second half, as quarterback Sam Garza scored on a one-yard keeper. The Blue Bombers closed the gap to four on Troy Westwood’s 32-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.
But Edmonton’s offence got back on track to close out the game. Fleming booted three field goals for a record-tying six for the game. Westwood managed just one other.
Winnipeg was still within a touchdown with two minutes and 44 seconds remaining, but Allen put together a 12-play drive leading to Fleming’s final field goal. All but six seconds remained on the clock.
The Blue Bombers lost the ball a total of seven times on turnovers with 23 of Edmonton’s points coming off of Winnipeg’s miscues. It was Edmonton’s eighth-straight victory to close out the year.
Blue Bombers quarterback Matt Dunigan did not play because of an Achilles’ tendon injury, and was replaced by Garza.
Centre Rod Connop was the only member of the 1993 Eskimos that was a part of the team’s dynasty years from 1978 to 1982.
Referee Dave Yule suffered a ruptured calf muscle in the second quarter, forcing alternate Ken Lazaruk into action.
It was just the second Grey Cup game to be played in Calgary. The game time temperature was a balmy six degrees Celsius.