|Date||November 27, 1988|
|Stadium||Frank Clair Stadium|
|Most Valuable Player||Offence: James Murphy Defence: Michael Gray|
|Most Valuable Canadian||Bob Cameron|
|Network||CBC, Canadian Football Network, SRC|
|Announcers||CBC: Don Wittman, Ron Lancaster, Brian Williams, Steve Armitage, Scott Oake.|
CFN: Bob Irving, Neil Lumsden, Dave Hodge, Tom Larscheid.
The 76th Grey Cup was the 1988 Canadian Football League championship game that was played at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa, between the BC Lions and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The Blue Bombers defeated the favoured Lions 22-21. This was the first Grey Cup game between two teams from west of Ontario, and the first to be won by a team which had only a .500 season.
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With the wind at his back in the second quarter, Kennerd tied the score with a 43-yard field goal. But Lions quarterback Matt Dunigan connected with David Williams on a 26-yard scoring play, giving BC a 14-7 advantage.
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Passaglia and Kennerd exchanged field goals in the third quarter. The game was deadlocked at 19 heading into the final 15 minutes.
With 2:55 remaining, Trevor Kennerd kicked a 30-yard field goal to put the Bombers in front for the first time in the game. With the score 22-19 in favour of the Bombers, the Lions marched 75 yards downfield to the Winnipeg seven-yard line. Dunigan's pass was batted down and intercepted in the end zone by Winnipeg's Mike Gray to snuff out the drive.
The BC defence held and Winnipeg head coach Mike Riley elected to give up a safety in favour of better field position, cutting the margin to just one. The ensuing kickoff was returned by BC's Anthony Drawhorn 38 yards to the BC 45-yard line, but the ball was brought back to the 30 when Cherry was flagged on a rough play penalty. The Lions couldn't get anything going and the Bombers held on for the win.
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