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1920 – University of Toronto 16, Toronto Argonauts 3

Venue: Varsity Stadium
Location: Toronto, ON
Date: December 4
Attendance: 10,088
Winning Coach: Laddie Cassels

After a four year absence due to the First World War, the Grey Cup was up for grabs once again as a couple of familiar foes battled for the almost forgotten trophy. The mug spent the war years locked in a vault, not seeing the light of day again until someone mercifully released it from its dark tomb.

With two Toronto teams locking horns, the game got considerable attention as over 10,000 people watched the game at Varsity Stadium in less than ideal conditions. A gentle rain fell for most of the afternoon, creating a slippery turf.

With the Argonauts up 1-0 on a rouge, Varsity took the lead for good in the second quarter. With Varsity scrimmaging on the Argonauts’ 25-yard line, Warren Snyder evaded half a dozen potential tacklers en route to the goal line. With only one man to beat, Snyder threw himself sideways to get the ball one foot behind the chalk mark for the touchdown.

The Argonauts best chance to regain the lead came in the opening minutes of the third quarter when they blocked a kick on Varsity’s 20-yard line. But the Scullers could not take advantage of the great field position.

The students scored their second touchdown on a mistake by an Argonauts returner. Snyder kicked a high spiraling punt that glanced off Dunc Munro. Varsity’s Jo-Jo Stirrett dribbled the ball to the end zone, pushed aside Argonauts’ player Harry Batstone and pounced on it for the score.

Varsity’s final touchdown came in the fourth quarter when Red McKenzie scampered around the end and ran seven yards to the end zone.

The Argonauts were at a disadvantage as some of their better players could not participate in the game, while others were playing with nagging injuries.

After the game, the players on both teams dined at the Hart House then attended the Royal Alexandra Theatre. It was the final time these cross-town rivals challenged each other for the Grey Cup.

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