1976 Ottawa Rough Riders season

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1976 Ottawa Rough Riders season
Head coach George Brancato
Home field Lansdowne Park
Results
Record9–6–1
Division place1st, East
Playoff finishWon Grey Cup
Uniform
CFL OTT Jersey 1976.png

The 1976 Ottawa Rough Riders finished in 1st place in the Eastern Conference with a 9–6–1 record and won the Grey Cup. This would be the last time in their franchise history that they would win the Grey Cup. The Ottawa Redblacks would subsequently win the 105th Grey Cup game at the conclusion of the 2016 CFL season, ending a 40-year Grey Cup drought for the City of Ottawa, which begun subsequent to their Grey Cup victory in 1976 (this ended what was arguably the longest Grey Cup drought in the CFL, though the City of Ottawa was without a CFL team between 1997 and 2001 and again between 2006 and 2013).

Contents

Offseason

1976 CFL Draft

In the first round of the 1976 CFL Draft, Ottawa selected Bill Hatanaka. [1] Bob O'Billovich was hired as an assistant coach. [2]

Preseason

WeekDateOpponentScoreResultRecord
AJune 28vs. Edmonton Eskimos40–25Win1–0
BJuly 5vs. Montreal Alouettes26–22Loss1–1
CJuly 8at Calgary Stampeders39–37Loss1–2
DJuly 14at Toronto Argonauts20–9Win2–2

Regular season

Standings

Eastern Football Conference
TeamGPWLTPFPAPts
Ottawa Rough Riders 1696141134619
Hamilton Tiger-Cats 1688026934816
Montreal Alouettes 1678130527315
Toronto Argonauts 1678128935415

Schedule

WeekDateOpponentScoreResultRecord
1July 21at Hamilton Tiger-Cats42–16Win1–0
2July 27vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers38–27Win2–0
3Aug 3vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders29–16Loss2–1
4Aug 11at Toronto Argonauts27–16Win3–1
4Aug 16vs. Montreal Alouettes45–9Win4–1
5Aug 21at Edmonton Eskimos20–18Win5–1
6Aug 24at BC Lions23–11Loss5–2
7Sept 1vs. Toronto Argonauts40–27Win6–2
8Sept 11vs. Montreal Alouettes21–13Win7–2
9Sept 19vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats28–21Loss7–3
10Sept 26at Montreal Alouettes23–2Loss7–4
11Oct 2at Toronto Argonauts20–20Tie7–4–1
12Bye
13Oct 16vs. Calgary Stampeders37–36Win8–4–1
14Oct 24at Hamilton Tiger-Cats48–10Win9–4–1
15Oct 31vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats25–6Loss9–5–1
16Nov 6at Montreal Alouettes26–17Loss9–6–1

[3]

Postseason

Playoffs

RoundDateOpponentScoreResultRecord
East FinalNov 21vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats17–15Win10–6–1
Grey CupNov 28Saskatchewan Roughriders23–20Win11–6–1

[3]

Grey Cup

In the final minute, Saskatchewan punted into a strong wind. Ottawa would have the ball on the Saskatchewan 35-yard line. With 44 seconds left, Ottawa quarterback Tom Clements passed to tight end Tony Gabriel, and Ottawa was at Saskatchewan's 20 yard line. [4] The next pass would win the game, as Gabriel caught the ball in the end zone for the game-winning touchdown.

Teams1 Q2 Q3 Q4 QFinal
Saskatchewan Roughriders0173020
Ottawa Roughriders10031023

[5]

Player stats

Passing

PlayerAttemptsCompletionsPercentageYardsTouchdownsInterceptions
Tom Clements32719659.928562013
Condredge Holloway [6] 1065955.797396

Receiving

PlayerGames PlayedReceptionsYardsAverageLongTouchdowns
Jeff Avery162133816.1622
Tony Gabriel [7] 1672132018.36214
Art Green535089.6312

Rushing

PlayerRushesYardsAverageTouchdownsLong
Art Green23412575.41369

Awards and honours

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