For the first time in 40 years the Grey Cup belongs to an Ottawa football team.
The drama started before the game did when it was thought Henry Burris wouldn’t be able to start because he tweaked his knee in warm-ups.
But Burris appeared on the sidelines ready to go just as the anthem started. The RedBlacks opened scoring in the game with number 1 Henry Burris getting the first touchdown of the game, and with the extra point it was 7-0 Ottawa.
On the next Calgary drive it was a quick pass by Bo Levi Mitchell to Jerome Messam and it was 7-7 with just over five minutes left in the first. Before the quarter was over Marquay McDaniel was out for the game with a shoulder injury. The first quarter ended with the RedBlacks up 11-7.
In the second it was all Henry Burris and the RedBlacks with Ottawa getting another touchdown and the extra point to make it 17-7 for the underdogs. Burris had thrown for over 200 yards by the time the first half was over.
The Stamps suffered 3 turnovers in the second quarter and at the end of it, it was 20-7 for Ottawa.
The third quarter started off in Ottawa’s favor with the RedBlacks getting yet another touchdown to make it 27-7 for the RedBlacks. The Stamps put a few more points on the board making it 27-10. And a huge play by the Stampeders in the form of a touchdown by Lemar Durant made it 27-17 and that’s how the quarter ended, with the Stamps in range for another touchdown.
In the fourth the Stamps capitalized on their field position and put in Andrew Buckley. He ran the ball in for a touchdown, making it 27-23 for Ottawa. And with six minutes left Henry Burris gets his second touchdown of the night from the one yard line and it was 33-23 Red Blacks. An inside hand off to DaVaris Daniels resulted in a touchdown, making it 33-30 RedBlacks.
On the return the Stamps managed to get the ball back with 1:36 to go and they had a chance but Buckley couldn’t get it in.
Rene Paredes comes in and ties the game 33-33 with 10 seconds left and we are going to overtime! Ottawa had the first possession in OT and got the winning touchdown, making it 39-33 Red Blacks.
Henry Burris was named Grey Cup MVP. He says his team heard people talking up the Calgary Stampeders before the game.
“We heard what people were saying about how great they were, they can’t lose. We’re like, well shoot, we’ve been doing something, we’ve won the east division two straight years. So it was like, guys, we’ve been in this position before, lets go out and be exactly who they thought we were – the team who nobody gave respect but all we ever did was win when it mattered most. Thankfully we were able to follow that up and get that job done tonight.”
Stamps quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell summed up the game.
“Too many mistakes were made, I’ll start with me. Just turning the ball over, taking too many shots that weren’t there. Give credit to Ottawa, they played a hell of a game. Great job.”
It’s the first Grey Cup win for Ottawa since 1976 and the Rough Riders.