85th Grey Cup

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85th Grey Cup
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Toronto ArgonautsSaskatchewan Roughriders
(15–3)(8–10)
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Toronto Argonauts71321647
Saskatchewan Roughriders3601423
DateNovember 16, 1997
Stadium Commonwealth Stadium
Location Edmonton
Most Valuable Player Doug Flutie
Most Valuable Canadian Paul Masotti
Halftime show Trooper
Attendance60,431
Broadcasters
Network CBC, RDS
Announcers (CBC) Steve Armitage, Chris Cuthbert, Mark Lee, Chris Walby, Brian Williams, Glen Suitor, Brenda Irving

The 85th Grey Cup (Canadian Football League championship) was held in 1997 in Edmonton before 60,431 fans. The heavily favoured Toronto Argonauts won the game over the Saskatchewan Roughriders with a score of 47–23.

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Game summary

Toronto Argonauts (47) - TDs, Doug Flutie, Adrion Smith, Robert Drummond, Mike "Pinball" Clemons, Derrell Mitchell; FGs, Mike Vanderjagt (4); cons., Vanderjagt (5).

Saskatchewan Roughriders (23) - TDs, Reggie Slack, Mike Saunders, Shawn Daniels; FGs, Paul McCallum; cons., McCallum (2).

First Quarter
SSK—FG McCallum 28-yard field goal
TOR—TD Mitchell 34-yard pass from Flutie (Vanderjagt convert)
Second Quarter
TOR—TD Drummond 6-yard pass from Flutie (Vanderjagt convert)
TOR—FG Vanderjagt
SSK—TD Daniels 3-yard run
TOR—FG Vanderjagt 12-yard field goal
Third Quarter
TOR—TD Smith 95-yard run off the kickoff (Vanderjagt convert)
TOR—TD Flutie 10-yard run (Vanderjagt convert)
TOR—TD Clemons pass from Flutie (Vanderjagt convert)
Fourth Quarter
TOR—FG Vanderjagt
SSK—TD Saunders 51-yard pass from Slack (McCallum convert)
TOR—FG Vanderjagt
SSK—TD Slack 1-yard run (McCallum convert)

The game started well for Saskatchewan, with Shannon Baker returning the opening kick-off 74 yards deep into Toronto territory. Five plays later, the Roughriders scored a 28-yard field goal from Paul McCallum.

After the two teams exchanged interceptions, the Argonauts engineered a 32-yard drive culminating in a touchdown strike from quarterback Doug Flutie to Derrell Mitchell to put Toronto in the lead, 7–3. Doug Flutie then marched the Argos down the field again and hit Robert Drummond with a 6-yard touchdown pass to stretch the margin to 14–3.

Saskatchewan edged closer with 3-yard touchdown plunge from Shawn Daniels, but the convert failed, leaving the score 14–9. Then Toronto kicker Mike Vanderjagt kicked two field goals, one on the final play of the first half, to extend the lead to 20-9 going into the locker room.

The turning point in the game came on the first play of the second half. Toronto kick returner Adrion Smith caught the ball on his own 15-yard line, started toward the right sideline for a record 95 return for a touchdown. Shortly after an interception, Flutie engineered a 73-yard drive, and called his own number from 10 yards out to score again. Still in the third quarter Flutie spotted Mike "Pinball" Clemons open in the end zone for the third touchdown in the quarter. The score after three quarters was 41–9.

Saskatchewan scored in the fourth quarter when Mike Saunders hauled in a 51-yard touchdown pass from scrambling quarterback Reggie Slack. Vanderjagt added two more field goals for Toronto and Slack plunged in from 1 yard out to round out the scoring.

Trivia

1997 CFL Playoffs

West Division

East Division

* Cross over from West Division

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