Calgary Stampeders 14, Toronto Argonauts 11
Coach: Jim Duncan
Valuable Player: Wayne Harris, LB, Calgary
Valuable Canadian: Dick Suderman, DE, Calgary
looking to end Grey Cup droughts met at a soggy Empire Stadium in
Vancouver to determine the 1971 champion.
Calgary Stampeders had not sipped from the coveted trophy since their
perfect season in 1948. The Stampeders were making their second
straight appearance at the game, and their third in four years. On
the other side of the field were the Toronto Argonauts who had not
won the Grey Cup since 1952, the last time they played in the
It was a
defensive struggle right from the outset. Stampeders began the
scoring in the first quarter when Jerry Keeling threw a 14-yard pass
to Herman Harrison.
had a chance to tie it up when Mel Profit caught a pass for a 55-yard
gain, setting up the Argonauts on the Calgary 11. The Stampeders
defence forced the Argonauts to settle for an Ivan MacMillan field
took a 14-3 lead into halftime when Jesse Mims scored on a six-yard
draw. Rudy Linterman played a big role in setting up both of
Calgary’s touchdowns, a combined 68 yards on two catches.
Linterman was kicked out of the game in the fourth quarter for
punching Gene Mack.
Argonauts scored their only touchdown on special teams in the third
quarter. Calgary’s Jim Silye fumbled on a punt return, and
Toronto’s Joe Vijuk recovered the ball. He threw a lateral pass
to Roger Scales and he ran 33 yards to the Calgary end zone.
Thornton made an outstanding catch later in the quarter, which was
followed by Jim Henderson’s catch on the Calgary 27. MacMillan
sailed his field goal attempt wide (although he argued it did split
the uprights), giving the Argonauts just a single point.
proved to be all the scoring, but not all the drama. In the late
stages of the fourth quarter, Dick Thornton intercepted a pass by
Keeling and returned the ball 54 yards to the Calgary 11. But running
back Leon McQuay slipped and fell on the wet turf, losing the
football which the Stampeders recovered with 1:53 remaining.
Stampeders went two-and-out on their next possession, giving the
Argonauts one last chance to pull out a win. But Toronto’s
Harry Abofs kicked the punted ball out of bounds, an error in
judgement as it returned possession to Calgary. The Stampeders ran
out the clock for the win.