Location: Toronto, ON
Date: November 29
Winning Coach: Wally Buono
Most Valuable Player: Doug Flutie, QB, Calgary
Most Valuable Canadian: David Sapunjis, SB, Calgary
The Calgary Stampeders made it back-to-back trips to the Grey Cup, this time with another quarterback at the helm.
Doug Flutie, the two-time CFL Most Outstanding Player, added a Grey Cup title to his legacy, leading the Stampeders to their first championship since 1971. Every other CFL team had won the championship at least once during Calgary’s period of futility.
The Stampeders jumped out to a 24-0 lead before the Winnipeg Blue Bombers were able to put points on the scoreboard. Flutie got the Stampeders within scoring range on four of Calgary’s first five offensive possessions.
Flutie hit Derrick Crawford on the game’s opening play for a 39-yard completion to set up Mark McLoughlin’s 37-yard field goal to open the scoring. Flutie and Crawford hooked up again on Calgary’s next series, this time for a 41-yard gain, but McLoughlin missed on a 50-yard field goal attempt good for a single point. Crawford, who was the fourth-leading receiver on the club during the regular season, ended the game with 162 yards to lead all receivers.
Near the end of the first quarter, David Sapunjis reeled in a 35-yard touchdown pass from Flutie, and the rout was on. McLoughlin added a pair of 17-yard field goals in the second quarter, as the Stampeders held a 17-0 lead at halftime.
Following an uneventful third quarter, Flutie threw for his second touchdown of the game, connecting with Allen Pitts on a 15-yard play.
Winnipeg quarterback Matt Dunigan’s string of sub-par Grey Cups continued, as he was limited to just 47 passing yards. He was replaced by Danny McManus in the final quarter.
McManus was able to ignite the Winnipeg offence, but by then it was too late. Troy Westwood kicked a 46-yard field goal to put the Blue Bombers on the scoreboard, and McManus hit Gerald Alphin on a 27-yard touchdown pass to complete the scoring. McManus was 7 of 18 passing for 155 yards.
Flutie’s 480 passing yards was 28 short of Sam Etcheverry’s all-time record in a Grey Cup game. Flutie was good on 33 of his 49 pass attempts.
Calgary limited the CFL’s top rookie Michael Richardson to 27 yards on the ground. He had rushed for 227 yards against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the East Final.
Following the game, Stampeders owner Larry Rickman called Flutie football’s version of Wayne Gretzky.