Venue: Varsity Stadium
Location: Toronto, ON
Date: December 5
Winning Coach: Billy Foulds
The third time was a charm for the Toronto Argonauts. After coming short in the big game in 1911 and 1912, the Argonauts won their first Grey Cup with a victory over their cross-town rivals.
In this rematch of the 1911 game, the Scullers scored all the points they would need in the opening minute. Varsity’s Red McKenzie fumbled the ball on a punt return on his own 15-yard line, which Glad Murphy picked up and ran to the end zone for an Argonauts touchdown. Jack O’Connor was good on the convert.
The Argonauts took advantage of another turnover in the second quarter when Freddie Mills recovered another Varsity fumble and ran for a major. O’Connor failed on the convert, but was later successful on a lucky field goal. Kicking from 35 yards out, O’Connor’s kick hit the crossbar and bounced over for a 14-0 Argonauts lead.
Varsity’s only points came in the third quarter on a pair of rouges. The students came close to scoring a touchdown in this period, when Charlie Gage looked to have crossed the Argonauts goal line. A big pile of about 20 players fell on the Varsity player, with a couple of Scullers pulling Gage and the ball away from the end zone. No touchdown was awarded, and Varsity was forced to rouge.
O’Connor had a dubious feat in this game, attempting seven field goals, but only being good on one.
The Argonauts’ victory was their third in seven days, after defeating the Hamilton Tigers and Hamilton Rowing Club in playoff games. As a result, the Scullers were a banged up crew entering the national final, but still prevailed over the well-rested Varsity squad. The students had two weeks off between games.
With the loss, Varsity players reluctantly gave up the Grey Cup trophy which they had held since March 1910, even though they hadn’t played in the Dominion championship since 1911. Varsity contended that the mug was theirs until another team defeated them in the national final. The Argonauts’ victory freed the trophy for every subsequent champion.