The Roughriders in the Grey Cup

  • December 1, 1923 Read about this game »

    Varsity Stadium, Toronto
    Vs. Queen's University
    Queen's 54, Roughriders 0 (loss)

    It was the worst defeat since the 1907 Dominion championship, when the Montreal Amateur Athletic Association trounced Peterborough 72-0.
    For Queen’s, it was a fitting end to an undefeated season in which the team outscored their opponents 124-14 and gave up just one touchdown.

    For the Roughriders, it would take another eight trips to the final before they were able to claim the top prize in Canadian football. Their first Grey Cup championship was still over four decades away.

  • December 1, 1928 Read about this game »

    A.A.A. Grounds, Hamilton
    Vs. Hamilton Tigers
    Hamilton 30, Roughriders 0 (loss)

    The Grey Cup trophy returned to Hamilton in 1928 for the first time since the Great War.

    The Tigers missed out on a chance to win the championship the previous season against Balmy Beach and made sure not to let the opportunity slip a second time.

  • November 30, 1929 Read about this game »

    A.A.A. Grounds, Hamilton
    Vs. Hamilton Tigers
    Hamilton 14, Roughriders 3 (loss)

    For the first time in Grey Cup history, the two clubs that played for the trophy the previous year met again in a rematch. It was also the first time a forward pass was permitted in Grey Cup competition.

    Weather was a factor as a driving snow and freezing temperatures forced fans to run for shelter prior to the game. Only 100 fans witnessed the opening kickoff. In total, less than 2,000 braved the elements at the Hamilton Amateur Athletic Association Grounds, with a playing surface as hard as pavement.

  • December 6, 1930 Read about this game »

    Varsity Stadium, Toronto
    Vs. Balmy Beach
    Balmy Beach 11, Roughriders 6 (loss)

    For the third time in Grey Cup history, a team advanced to three consecutive championships. Unfortunately for the Regina Roughriders, a third straight visit to the final did not prove to be a charm. Balmy Beach won its second Grey Cup at a wet and muddy Varsity Stadium in Toronto.

    After being allowed to use the forward pass in the 1929 game, the Canadian Rugby Union decided it could only be used in the 1930 classic if both teams had played with this rule all season. The Roughriders had, but Balmy Beach had not, putting Regina at a disadvantage.

  • December 5, 1931 Read about this game »

    Molson Stadium, Montreal
    Vs. Montreal Winged Wheelers
    Montreal 22, Roughriders 0 (loss)

    For 22 years the Grey Cup had been the exclusive property of Ontario-based clubs. In 1931, the mug left the province for the first time as the Montreal Winged Wheelers were the first team outside Ontario to win the Grey Cup after shutting out the Regina Roughriders.

    The Canadian Rugby Union permitted the use of the forward pass across all leagues, and it was a significant feature in the 1931 final. The first touchdown pass in Grey Cup history was thrown by Warren Stevens to Kenny Grant.

  • December 3, 1932 Read about this game »

    A.A.A. Grounds, Hamilton
    Vs. Hamilton Tigers
    Hamilton 25, Roughriders 6 (loss)

    The Regina Roughriders made history by playing in their fifth consecutive Grey Cup game. It was a record that would last 50 years, only surpassed by the 1977-1982 Edmonton Eskimos.

    Unfortunately for the Roughriders, it also marked the fifth straight defeat at the national final. The Hamilton Tigers took home their third Grey Cup in five years taking advantage of a number of Regina miscues.

  • November 24, 1934 Read about this game »

    Varsity Stadium, Toronto
    Vs. Sarnia Imperials
    Sarnia 20, Roughriders 12 (loss)

    Most experts believed the Sarnia Imperials should have won the Grey Cup in 1933. They made certain the opportunity didn’t slip past them again in 1934.

    The Imperials, who won nine-straight league titles from 1931 to 1939, won its first Grey Cup title against the Regina Roughriders, who were playing in their seventh final in 12 years.

    The game was played at Toronto’s Varsity Stadium in ideal football conditions. About 1,000 supporters from Sarnia and other areas in Southwestern Ontario arrived for the game on special trains. Most of the Toronto fans were neutral, but supported the underdog Roughriders as the game progressed.

  • November 24, 1951 Read about this game »

    Varsity Stadium, Toronto
    Vs. Ottawa Rough Riders
    Ottawa 21, Roughriders 14 (loss)

    After a 17-year absence, the Saskatchewan Roughriders returned to the Grey Cup final. Their losing streak in the big game continued, however, as it was the other Rough Riders that took home the prize.

    Ottawa outmatched Saskatchewan for three quarters before the Westerners made it interesting in the final 15 minutes. It took a last minute single to preserve the victory for the nation’s capital.

  • November 26, 1966 Read about this game »

    Empire Stadium, Vancouver
    Vs. Ottawa Rough Riders
    Ottawa 14, Roughriders 29 (victory)

    It was a long time coming for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

    For 56 years the club and its fans longed for a Grey Cup title, and for 56 years their dreams went unfulfilled. On eight different occasions they were the bridesmaid, never to know the feeling of being a bride.

    But on a November day in Vancouver in 1966, the Roughriders and their loyal followers finally had reason to celebrate. A ninth Grey Cup appearance proved to be a charm as Saskatchewan defeated the Ottawa Rough Riders for their first national championship.

  • December 2, 1967 Read about this game »

    Lansdowne Park, Ottawa
    Vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats
    Hamilton 24, Roughriders 1 (loss)

    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.

  • November 30, 1969 Read about this game »

    Autostade, Montreal
    Vs. Ottawa Rough Riders
    Ottawa 29, Roughriders 11 (loss)

    There’s no better way to end your CFL career than as a Grey Cup champion.

    That’s exactly what Ottawa’s Russ Jackson accomplished in 1969 in the freezing cold of Montreal’s Autostade. The league’s Most Outstanding Player threw four touchdown passes, including two to Ron Stewart, to lead the Ottawa Rough Riders to a Grey Cup title.

  • December 3, 1972 Read about this game »

    Ivor Wynne Stadium, Hamilton
    Vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats
    Hamilton 13, Roughriders 10 (loss)

    Saskatchewan tied the score by halftime. Lancaster connected with slotback Tom Campana on an eight-yard touchdown pass, while Jack Abendschan was successful on a 20-yard field goal attempt to make it 10-10. Saskatchewan’s George Reed gained 64 of his 93 total rushing yards in the quarter.

    The game ultimately came down to the final play. Sunter, a 19-year-old rookie place kicker who had only been on the field on two other occasions, split the uprights from 34 yards away to win the game for the Ticats.

    It was the final time the Grey Cup was held in December.

  • November 28, 1976 Read about this game »

    Exhibition Stadium
    Vs. Ottawa Rough Riders
    Ottawa 23, Roughriders 20 (loss)

    The Ottawa Rough Riders and Saskatchewan Roughriders engaged in an epic battle for Earl Grey’s hallowed mug in 1976. The outcome was in doubt until the final stages when Tony Gabriel made one of the more memorable catches in Grey Cup history, giving Ottawa an upset victory.

    With 20 seconds remaining and trailing 20-16, Ottawa's Tom Clements decided to change the play sent to him from the sidelines. Gabriel faked a post pattern, then went to the corner, catching Clements 24-yard pass for the winning touchdown, Ottawa’s only offensive TD in the game.

  • November 26, 1989 Read about this game »

    SkyDome, Toronto
    Vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats
    Hamilton 40, Roughriders 43 (victory)

    The 1980s concluded with one of the greatest games in the history of the Grey Cup. Playing at the newly opened SkyDome in Toronto, the Saskatchewan Roughriders needed a last-second field goal to win just their second title in club history.

    The teams exchanged field goals in the fourth quarter before Saskatchewan’s Dave Ridgway split the uprights from 20 yards away to put the Roughriders in front by a converted touchdown.

    But the Ticats were not finished. With 44 seconds remaining, Hamilton's Tony Champion made a spectacular backward diving catch in the end zone to tie the score at 40.

    That was enough time for the Roughriders to put together a winning drive. Saskatchewan's Dave Ridgway lofted a 35-yard field goal with two seconds remaining to give the Roughriders the victory.

    After it was over, 15 Grey Cup records had been tied or set, most notably total points by both teams in one game.

  • November 16, 1997 Read about this game »

    Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton
    Vs. Toronto Argonauts
    Toronto 47, Roughriders 23 (loss)

    The Argonauts arrived in Edmonton in 1997 looking to become the first team since the Eskimos’ dynasty years of 1978-82 to win consecutive Grey Cup titles. All that stood in their way were the upstart Roughriders.

    With Toronto leading 44-9 in the fourth quarter, the Roughriders finally made some noise when a scrambling Reggie Slack connected with running back Mike Saunders for a 51-yard touchdown. Slack would end the scoring in the dying moments, taking advantage of a pass interference penalty to Toronto’s Lester Smith by scoring on a one-yard run.

  • November 25, 2007 Read about this game »

    Rogers Centre, Toronto
    Vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers
    Winnipeg 19, Roughriders 23 (victory)

    Kerry Joseph struggled with his passing accuracy, some slippery-fingered receivers and a tough Winnipeg defence, but threw a 29-yard fourth-quarter touchdown pass to Andy Fantuz that was the difference in a 23-19 victory over the Blue Bombers on Sunday night.

    Luca Congi added three field goals for Saskatchewan, which made a winner of rookie head coach Kent Austin - the quarterback in the Roughriders' 1989 Cup victory.

    It was only the third Grey Cup triumph in Roughriders history and their first since they defeated Hamilton in the 1989 CFL championship game, which was also played at the Rogers Centre back when it was known as the SkyDome.

  • November 29, 2009 Read about this game »

    McMahon Stadium, Calgary
    Vs. Montreal Alouettes
    Montreal 28, Roughriders 27 (loss)

    After missing a field goal on the final play of regulation, Montreal kicker Damon Duval was given a second opportunity from ten yards closer as the Saskatchewan Roughriders were penalized for too many men on the field.

    Duval made good on his second chance from 33 yards out to lift the Alouettes to a stunning 28-27 victory over the Roughriders in a classic CFL championship game in Calgary.

    It was a shock ending for most of the sell-out crowd of 46,020 at McMahon Stadium, where the seats looked to be tinted Roughriders green from fans who had spent most of the game watching their underdog team outperform the Alouettes.

  • November 28, 2010 Read about this game »

    Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton
    Vs. Montreal Alouettes
    Montreal 21, Roughriders 18 (loss)

    No stranger to making big plays in big games, Jamel Richardson came through when the Montreal Alouettes needed him the most. And it gave the Alouettes their second straight Grey Cup victory.

    Richardson's 37-yard reception set up the second of Avon Cobourne's two touchdown runs as Montreal earned an exciting 21-18 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the 2010 Grey Cup. It was Montreal’s second consecutive win over their Western rivals, coming on the heels of a 28-27 victory the previous year.


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