Venue: Taylor Field
Location: Regina, SK
Date: November 19
Winning Coach: Don Matthews
Most Valuable Player: Tracy Ham, QB, Baltimore
Most Valuable Canadian: Dave Sapunjis, SB, Calgary
For the first time in its 86-year existence, the Grey Cup championship was contested in Regina. And for the second time in two years, there was an American threat to Earl Grey’s mug as the Baltimore Stallions faced the Calgary Stampeders.
In the end, Baltimore’s special teams proved to be the difference as the Grey Cup went south of the border for the first time. The Stallions got on the scoreboard less than three minutes into the game when Chris Wright collected a Tony Martino punt and shot 82 yards downfield untouched for a touchdown.
Calgary fought its way back with a pair of field goals by Mark McLoughlin. The Stampeders then took their only lead of the game when Marvin Pope scored on a two-yard passing play in the second quarter.
Following Carlos Huerta’s first of five field goals in the game, including one for a Grey Cup record 53 yards, Baltimore’s third unit scored another touchdown when O.J. Brigance blocked Tony Martino’s punt attempt on the Calgary 18 which Alvin Walton scooped up and returned to the end zone. Walton had earlier forced a fumble on a kickoff. The Stallions had a 23-13 lead at halftime.
Each team’s starting quarterback scored touchdowns in the third quarter. Calgary’s Doug Flutie led the Stampeders on a touchdown drive that took over six minutes off the clock, culminating with his one-yard run. Baltimore’s Tracy Ham responded by eluding a sack and scrambling for a 13-yard touchdown.
Leading 31-20 heading into the fourth quarter and facing a stiff wind, the Stallions turned to running back Mike Pringle, who behind a strong offensive line ate up a good portion of the game clock. Pringle rushed for 137 yards in the game, 95 of which came in the second half.
The Stallions became the first team in CFL history to win 18 games in a year, with three post-season victories to go along with their 15 in the regular season.
The game was significant as it marked the only time the two winningest coaches in CFL history faced off in a Grey Cup, with Don Matthews getting the better of Wally Buono.
It was the last game the Stallions ever played. The club moved to Montreal the following season, becoming the reborn Alouettes.
The game was played in less than ideal conditions. An 80-kilometre an hour wind produced a wind chill of -20 degrees Celsius.
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