|Date||November 16, 1997|
|Most Valuable Player||Doug Flutie|
|Most Valuable Canadian||Paul Masotti|
|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.
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).
SSK—FG McCallum 28-yard field goal (Sask 3-0)
TOR—TD Mitchell 34-yard pass from Flutie (Vanderjagt convert) (TOR 7-3)
TOR—TD Drummond 6-yard pass from Flutie (Vanderjagt convert) (TOR 14-3)
TOR—FG Vanderjagt (TOR 17-3)
SSK—TD Daniels 3-yard run (TOR 17-9)
TOR—FG Vanderjagt 12-yard field goal (TOR 20-9)
TOR—TD Smith 95-yard run off the kickoff (Vanderjagt convert) (TOR 27-9)
TOR—TD Flutie 10-yard run (Vanderjagt convert) (TOR 34-9)
TOR—TD Clemons pass from Flutie (Vanderjagt convert) (TOR 41-9)
TOR—FG Vanderjagt (TOR 44-9)
SSK—TD Saunders 51-yard pass from Slack (McCallum convert) (TOR 44-16)
TOR—FG Vanderjagt (TOR 47-16)
SSK—TD Slack 1-yard run (McCallum convert) (TOR 47-23)
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.
* Cross over from West Division
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