They couldn’t do it in 2016 or 2017 as the CFL’s top team going into the Grey Cup game, but they did it in 2018.
The Calgary Stampeders erased memories of not winning the Grey Cup the past two years despite being heavily favoured by defeating the Ottawa REDBLACKS 27-16 to take the 106th Grey Cup.
Calgary quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell, the CFL’s most outstanding player this season after tossing a league-best 35 TD, was the game MVP with two touchdown passes but also two interceptions. Stampeders receiver Lemar Durant was named the outstanding Canadian with four catches for 30 yards and a TD and a 22-yard run.
While Mitchell and Durant had the individual honours, the biggest play of the game came at the end of the first half by Stampeder running back Terry Williams. He fielded a punt and ran it back 97 yards on a slippery Commonwealth Stadium turf as the half ended to expand Calgary’s lead to 21-11.
The win is the 8th CFL championship for Calgary and their first since 2014.