74th Grey Cup

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74th Grey Cup
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Hamilton Tiger-CatsEdmonton Eskimos
(9–8–1)(13–4–1)
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Hamilton Tiger-Cats17127339
Edmonton Eskimos007815
DateNovember 30, 1986
Stadium BC Place Stadium
Location Vancouver
Most Valuable Player Offence: Mike Kerrigan Defence: Grover Covington
Most Valuable Canadian Paul Osbaldiston
National anthem Mike Reno
Referee Jake Ireland
Attendance59,621
Broadcasters
Network CBC, CTV, SRC
Announcers CBC: Don Wittman, Ron Lancaster, Chuck Ealey, Brian Williams, Steve Armitage CTV: Pat Marsden, Leif Pettersen, Frank Rigney, Al McCann

The 74th Grey Cup was the 1986 Canadian Football League championship game that was played at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, between the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the Edmonton Eskimos. The Tiger-Cats unexpectedly dominated the Eskimos 39–15.

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Game summary

Hamilton Tiger-Cats - (39) TDs, Steve Stapler, Jim Rockford, Ron Ingram; FGs, Paul Osbaldiston (6); cons., Osbaldiston (3).

Edmonton Eskimos - (15) TDs, - Damon Allen, Brian Kelly; 2 pt-con., Damon Allen; cons., Tom Dixon.

Losers of the previous two Grey Cups, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats gave their long suffering fans something to celebrate with an unexpected dominant performance over the Edmonton Eskimos.

Hamilton's defence, which was led by Grover Covington and Ben Zambiasi, sacked Edmonton quarterbacks' Matt Dunigan and Damon Allen a total of 10 times. They also forced eight turnovers to tie a Grey Cup record.

Hamilton jumped out to a 29-0 lead at halftime. They got it going early when Covington forced a Dunigan fumble, the ball recovered by Leo Ezerins. This set up quarterback Mike Kerrigan's 35-yard touchdown pass to Steve Stapler. The game was just 1:35 old. The Tiger-Cats then got a big play from their special teams when Mark Streeter blocked Tom Dixon's punt attempt, which Jim Rockford recovered for another touchdown.

Hamilton then rode the boot of kicker Paul Osbaldiston, who kicked five of his record-tying six field goals in the first 30 minutes, two of which came off turnovers; one on Howard Fields' interception off Allen, and another on a Dunigan fumble forced by Covington. Edmonton's offence produced minus-one yard in offence in the first 30 minutes.

The Tiger-Cats continued their assault in the second half, when Kerrigan hit Ron Ingram with a 44-yard touchdown pass.

The Eskimos finally got on the scoreboard late in the third quarter courtesy of a blocked punt by Larry Wruck which Craig Shaffer recovered at the Hamilton 37. Quarterback Matt Dunigan got the Eskimos to six yards from the goal line, and backup Damon Allen ran it in from there. The Eskimos would add another major in the fourth quarter, but by then it was too late. Allen hit Brian Kelly with a 13-yard touchdown pass then ran it in for a two-point convert.

Osbaldiston added his sixth field goal, a 47-yarder in the game's final minute on what was an already decisive Grey Cup win.

Trivia

The only other time the Edmonton Eskimos and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats had met in the Grey Cup was the 68th Grey Cup in 1980, which was also lopsided, with Edmonton winning 48 to 10.

Paul Osbaldiston's (the Grey Cup Most Valuable Canadian) six field goals tied Montreal Alouettes' Don Sweet's record, set in 1977.

It was Hamilton's first Grey Cup title since 1972, and their first win over the Eskimos since 1977. The Ticats entered the game as 12-point underdogs.

Grover Covington finished the game with three sacks. Ben Zambiasi recovered two fumbles, had one quarterback sack and six tackles. Both have since been inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.

It was Al Bruno's second Grey Cup triumph, and his first (and only title) as a head coach. Bruno won one as a player with the 1952 Toronto Argonauts.

This was the only professional sports championship of any sort won by the Tiger-Cats' then-owner Harold Ballard, who is better remembered for his controversial (and, at least so far as on-ice results are concerned, largely unsuccessful) ownership of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

This was the last Grey Cup to use the dual CBC/CTV commentator sets (with one network's crew calling one half, and the other's calling the other half), a practice that dated back to 1971. CTV ceased airing CFL games after this game and season (the CTV network ended a 24-year association with the league); in CTV's place came the Canadian Football Network, a syndication service run by the CFL itself, which operated from 1987–90 and aired the Grey Cup, but with their own commentator sets calling the games in their entirety separately from the CBC.

On the blocked punt, Jim Rockford ripped the seat of his pants rolling into the end zone to score. He left the field and went to the locker room to change.

1986 CFL Playoffs

West Division

East Division

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