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1967 – Hamilton Tiger-Cats 24, Saskatchewan Roughriders 1

Venue: Lansdowne Park
Location: Ottawa, ON
Date: December 2
Attendance: 31,358
Winning Coach: Ralph Sazio
Most Valuable Player: Joe Zuger, QB, Hamilton

For the first time since 1940, the Grey Cup was held in the nation’s capital as part of Canada’s centennial celebrations. Fans were treated to a match-up of the last two champions, as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats tangled with the Saskatchewan Roughriders at a chilly Lansdowne Park.

It marked Hamilton’s sixth appearance in the Grey Cup during the 1960s, as the Ticats hunted for their third title in the decade. The Roughriders were looking to defend their first ever championship, won the previous year in Vancouver.

In the end, the Ticats took home the 1967 title in a rout. Hamilton’s defence flexed its muscles, limiting the Roughriders to just a single point. It was the lowest-point total for a losing team at the Grey Cup since Winnipeg dropped the 1950 game in a shutout.

Hamilton’s Joe Zuger was responsible for 15 points, scoring one touchdown, throwing for another and adding three singles. He was named the outstanding player of the game.

Saskatchewan’s George Reed rushed for 92 yards, the majority of which came in the first time. But Hamilton’s front four of Angelo Mosca, John Barrow, Billy Ray Locklin and Dave Viti, not to mention linebackers Ron Brewer and Smokey Stover wore down Reed and contained quarterback Ron Lancaster.

Zuger opened the scoring in the first quarter. A pass interference call against Saskatchewan’s Bob Kosid gave the Ticats the ball on the Saskatchewan three-yard line. Zuger sent the motion left and scored up the middle on a quarterback run.

Leading 7-1 in the second quarter, Zuger used his arm when he connected with Ted Watkins for a 72-yard passing play. A failed field goal attempt by Tommy Joe Coffey and two singles by Zuger on punts gave Hamilton a 17-1 advantage at halftime.

Zuger opened up the second half scoring well into the fourth quarter with another single. Then in the dying moments of the game, Ed Buchanan fumbled on a hand off by Lancaster, which Locklin picked up and ran 43 yards for a defensive touchdown. Lancaster was limited to 119 passing yards for the game.

Buchanan was ejected from the game late in regulation for punching a couple of Hamilton players in frustration.

Garney Henley, Bob Richardson and Bob Krouse all intercepted Lancaster passes.

It marked the sixth consecutive game that the Ticats held their opponents without a touchdown.

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