Ottawa wins Grey Cup, beating Calgary 39-33 in OT
TORONTO (AP) — Henry Burris threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Ernest Jackson in overtime and the Ottawa Redblacks won the Grey Cup on Sunday night, upsetting the Calgary Stampeders 39-33.
The third-year Redblacks won their first Canadian Football League title, and gave Ottawa its 10th championship. The Rough Riders won the last of their seven titles in 1976, and the Senators won in 1925 and 1926. The Redblacks lost to Edmonton last year in the title game.
“For all those haters out there, their organizations haven’t won a Grey Cup in decades, but ours, in three years, here we are, Grey Cup champions,” the 41-year-old Burris said.
Calgary was favored by double digits after finishing the regular season 15-2-1. The Redblacks, at 8-9-1, were the first team to finish first in a division with a losing record.
After Jackson bobbled but made the touchdown catch on the first possession of overtime, Burris missed the wide-open Khalil Paden on the mandatory 2-point conversion try.
“I didn’t even know E.J. kind of bobbled it,” Burris said. “I didn’t even know it was a completed pass, because it hit his hands and all of a sudden I see it bounce and I was thinking, ‘Awww!’ “Then all of a sudden I hear everyone go crazy and I was like, ‘Did it just happen? Did we just score?’ I think little plays like that just showed you that this was our moment.”
Calgary needed to match Ottawa’s six points, but went three-and-out. Bo Levi Mitchell’s third-down pass went off Bakari Grant’s hands to give Ottawa one of the biggest upset victories in Grey Cup history.
Burris won the game MVP award for the second time, completing 35 of 46 passes for 461 yards and three touchdowns. The former Temple star also ran for two scores after injuring a knee in warmups.
“I knew I wasn’t going to be the typical running guy that I usually am, but as long as I could come out here and make good, quick decisions and get the ball out of my hand ... maybe I could do enough to help put our team in a position to be successful,” Burris said.
Burris also was the Grey Cup MVP with the Stampeders in 2008 in their victory over Montreal at Olympic Stadium. He was Jeff Garcia’s backup with the 1998 champion Stampeders.
The Stampeders rallied from 20 points down to force overtime. DaVaris Daniels scored on a 19-yard run with 1:38 left to cut it to 33-30. Glenn Love recovered Rob Maver’s onside kick at Calgary’s 49, and Rene Paredes tied it with a 10-yard field goal in the final second.
“If you don’t like ups and downs and all that kind of stuff, then football’s not a good profession to be in,” Ottawa coach Rick Campbell said. “But I think that’s why everybody loves it.”
Mitchell threw three interceptions for the Stampeders.
Burris led Ottawa to a 20-7 lead at halftime, completing 20 of 25 passes for 266 yards and one touchdown — a 6-yarder to Patrick Lavoie. Burris also threw a 9-yard scoring pass to Brad Sinopoli in the third quarter.
It was the third Grey Cup game to go to overtime and first since 2005 when Edmonton beat Montreal 38-35 in Vancouver.