Location: Toronto, ON
Date: November 28
Winning Coach: Dave Skrien
The B.C. Lions made a return trip to the Grey Cup in 1964. Facing the defending champion Hamilton Tiger-Cats for the second straight year, the Lions looked to prove the outcome would be different this time around.
It certainly was. Unlike the previous year when the Lions scored their only touchdown late in regulation, B.C. jumped to a 34-8 advantage before the Ticats made the score more respectable. The 10-point victory gave the Lions their first Grey Cup title in the decade-long history of the franchise.
A pair of unlikely players produced the majority of the points for the Lions. Bill Munsey filled in for injured fullback Bob Swift and scored his only two touchdowns of the season. It was a similar story for Jim Carphin, who scored his only major of the year on a broken field goal in the second quarter.
Munsey, an all-star defensive back in 1964, came up with a number of bone crushing tackles. He scored one of his touchdowns on a 65-yard fumble recovery. On offence he reached pay dirt on an 18-yard run. Both TDs came in the third quarter.
On the broken field goal, Pete Ohler wisely picked up the fumbled ball and threw to Carphin for the major. Also reaching the end zone for the Lions were Swift (prior to his injury) on a one-yard run to open the scoring, and Willie Fleming, who rocketed 47 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter.
Hamilton scored 16 points in the final quarter, but it was too much of a deficit for the Ticats to overcome. Johnny Counts scored Hamilton’s first touchdown on 50-yard run in the third quarter, while Bernie Faloney threw TD passes to Tommy Grant and Stan Crisson in the final 15 minutes.
The weather may have played a factor in the game, which was played under wet conditions at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto, creating a slippery field and a greasy ball. The Lions felt at home since the environment was similar to what they faced in Vancouver.
Ironically, the Ticats led the Lions in first downs as well as passing, rushing and receiving yards, but not in touchdowns where it counted most.
The Lions did not return to the Grey Cup again until 1983. For the Ticats, the game marked their seventh visit to the national championship in eight years.