64th Grey Cup

Last updated
64th Grey Cup
Ottawa Rough Riders Saskatchewan Roughriders
(9–6–1)(11–5)
2320
Head coach: 
Head coach: 
1234Total
Ottawa Rough Riders 10031023
Saskatchewan Roughriders 0173020
DateNovember 28, 1976
Stadium Exhibition Stadium
Location Toronto
Most Valuable Player Offence: Tom Clements (OTT)
Defence: Cleveland Vann (SSK)
Most Valuable Canadian Tony Gabriel (Ottawa)
Attendance53,467
Broadcasters
Network CBC, CTV, SRC

The 64th Grey Cup was played on November 28, 1976, at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto. The Ottawa Rough Riders defeated the Saskatchewan Roughriders 23–20 in what is considered one of the most thrilling Grey Cup games, featuring some of the most exciting plays in Grey Cup history. [1]

Contents

The attendance was 53,467—at the time, a Grey Cup record—due to the recently completed stadium reconfiguration to accommodate the Toronto Blue Jays, a Major League Baseball expansion team that commenced play the following year. Toronto's Grey Cup attendance record would last but one season before being broken by the 65th Grey Cup at Olympic Stadium in Montreal.

Scoring

Ottawa Rough Riders - 23
Touchdowns - Tony Gabriel and Bill Hatanaka
Field goals - Gerry Organ (3)
Converts - Gerry Organ (2)

Saskatchewan Roughriders - 20
Touchdowns - Steve Mazurak and Bob Richardson
Field goals - Bob Macoritti (2)
Converts - Bob Macoritti (2)

Game summary

After an early field goal, Ottawa increased their lead in record-setting fashion, with Bill Hatanaka (a York University graduate who would later attend Harvard University) returning a punt for a 79-yard touchdown (then a CFL record). Ottawa led 10-0 at the end of the first quarter.

Saskatchewan owned the second quarter. CFL legend Ron Lancaster hit Steve Mazurak and Bob Richardson with touchdown passes and Bob Macoritti added a field goal. On defence, all-star Ted Provost intercepted a Tom Clements pass to set up a touchdown and middle linebacker Cleveland Vann covered the field with his excellent play. Unfortunately, the Green Riders were without their longtime star running back, George Reed, who had retired after the previous season, and his talented replacement, Molly McGee, left the game with an injury. The halftime score was 17-10 in favour of Saskatchewan.

The teams traded field goals in the third quarter, but the quarter also included its share of dramatic moments such as Gerry Organ's 52-yard run on a fake punt and the subsequent interception by Saskatchewan's Cleveland Vann.

Ottawa kicked another field goal in the fourth quarter, making the score 20-16. A later drive stalled on a goal-line stand by Saskatchewan. With time running out, the Rough Riders found themselves on the Saskatchewan 24-yard-line with 20 seconds left. Ottawa quarterback (and Notre Dame University grad) Tom Clements waved off the play from the bench. Canadian Football Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gabriel headed towards the end zone, faked a post pattern and turned to the corner. Saskatchewan DB Ted Provost fell for the fake and Gabriel hauled in Clements' pass, with Provost and Ray Odums in vain pursuit. The play was spectacular in its execution, its game-winning importance and in the dramatic manner in which it unfolded, and is often simply referred to as "The Catch."

Trivia

Related Research Articles

Ottawa Rough Riders Former Canadian Football League franchise

The Ottawa Rough Riders were a Canadian Football League team based in Ottawa, Ontario, founded in 1876. Formerly one of the oldest and longest-lived professional sports teams in North America, the Rough Riders won the Grey Cup championship nine times. Their most dominant era was the 1960s and 1970s, in which they won five Grey Cups. The team's fortunes waned in the 1980s and 1990s, and they ultimately ceased operations following the 1996 season. Five years later, a new CFL team known as the Ottawa Renegades was founded, though they suspended operations in 2006. The Ottawa Redblacks, which own the Rough Riders intellectual properties, joined the league in 2014.

Saskatchewan Roughriders Professional Canadian football team based in Regina, Saskatchewan

The Saskatchewan Roughriders are a professional Canadian football team based in Regina, Saskatchewan. The Roughriders compete in the Canadian Football League (CFL) as a member club of the league's West division.

The 1982 Canadian Football League season is considered to be the 29th season in modern-day Canadian football, although it is officially the 25th Canadian Football League season.

The 1981 Canadian Football League season is considered to be the 28th season in modern-day Canadian football, although it is officially the 24th Canadian Football League season.

The 1980 Canadian Football League season is considered to be the 27th season in modern-day Canadian football, although it is officially the 23rd Canadian Football League season.

The 1978 Canadian Football League season is considered to be the 25th season in modern-day Canadian football, although it is officially the 21st Canadian Football League season.

The 1977 Canadian Football League season is considered to be the 24th season in modern-day Canadian football, although it is officially the 20th Canadian Football League season.

The 1976 Canadian Football League season is considered to be the 23rd season in modern-day Canadian football, although it is officially the 19th Canadian Football League season.

The 1975 Canadian Football League season is considered to be the 22nd season in modern-day Canadian football, although it is officially the 18th Canadian Football League season.

The 1974 Canadian Football League season is considered to be the 21st season in modern-day Canadian football, although it is officially the 17th Canadian Football League season.

The 1973 Canadian Football League season is considered to be the 20th season in modern-day Canadian football, although it is officially the 16th Canadian Football League season.

The 1972 Canadian Football League season is considered to be the 19th season in modern-day Canadian football, although it is officially the 15th Canadian Football League season.

The 1960 Canadian Football League season is considered to be the seventh season in modern-day Canadian football, although it is officially the third Canadian Football League season.

Tony Gabriel

Anthony Michael Peter Gabriel is a former professional Canadian football pass receiver who played in the Canadian Football League from 1971 to 1981. He played for both the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the Ottawa Rough Riders. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in August 1985. In 2014, he was inducted into the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame.

The Edmonton Eskimos faced the Montreal Alouettes in the Grey Cup game for the third consecutive year. And for the third consecutive year, the Edmonton Eskimos were Grey Cup champions. It was the first time in a Grey Cup that a touchdown was worth six points instead of five.

The 69th Grey Cup was played on November 22, 1981, at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Quebec in front of 52,487 fans. The 1981 Grey Cup game is considered to be one of the ten best Grey Cup games of all time. CFL football fans saw an unexpectedly exciting game, as the 22.5 point underdog Ottawa Rough Riders, sporting a woeful record of 5–11, came within 3 seconds of denying the Edmonton Eskimos the title. The Esks, with a 14–1–1 record, were almost the victims of what would have been the biggest upset in the history of the Grey Cup.

The 61st Grey Cup game was played at Toronto's CNE Stadium on November 25, 1973. The Ottawa Rough Riders defeated the Edmonton Eskimos before a crowd of 36,653.

78th Grey Cup

The 78th Grey Cup was the 1990 Canadian Football League championship game played between the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the Edmonton Eskimos at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Blue Bombers defeated the Eskimos, 50–11.

57th Grey Cup, the Canadian Football League's championship game, was played November 30, 1969, and the Ottawa Rough Riders defeated the Saskatchewan Roughriders 29–11 before 33,172 fans at Montreal's Autostade. It was the first time since 1931, a break of 38 years, that the CFL title match would be played in Montreal.

1976 Ottawa Rough Riders season

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.

References

  1. Sekeres, Matthew (2006-11-26). "Our last Grey Cup ever?". The Ottawa Citizen. Archived from the original on 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2009-02-10.
  2. "Mystery solved: CBC's All in a Day discovers fate of Tony Gabriel's Grey Cup-winning catch". 2015-11-26. Retrieved 2015-11-27.