Ottawa Redblacks Upset Calgary Stampeders to Win 104th Grey Cup
TORONTO – Henry Burris called the Ottawa Redblacks’ thrilling victory over the heavily favoured Calgary Stampeders the most memorable of his three Grey Cup titles.
What he won’t call it is an upset.
Burris threw three touchdown passes Sunday – including an 18-yard strike to Ernest Jackson in overtime – and ran in for two more to help engineer Ottawa’s stunning 39-33 win in the 104th Grey Cup final. But the 41-year-old, who earned MVP honours after completing 35-of-46 passes for 461 yards, said the result shouldn’t be considered a surprise.
“No because we gave Calgary a tie in Ottawa (26-26 on July 8),” Burris said following the game holding his wife, Nicole, tight. “Calgary beat us in Calgary (48-23 on Sept. 17) but we had a great opportunity to beat them because they were up by eight points in the fourth quarter.
“We became better, we became a much more potent offence, an offence that was capable of staying on the field and putting up a lot of points. Thirty points is always that magic number and if we could get past that threshold it would give us a better chance to be successful. Here we are, Grey Cup champions scoring 39.”