Ottawa RedBlacks pull off shocking upset in Grey Cup

The Canadian Press
Published on November 27, 2016

Ottawa Redblacks wide receiver Ernest Jackson, left, celebrates his touchdown with teammate running back Kienan Lafrance during overtime CFL Grey Cup football action on Sunday, November 27, 2016 in Toronto. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

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TORONTO - Henry Burris threw his third touchdown of the game in overtime as Ottawa shocked the Calgary Stampeders 39-33 to win the 104th Grey Cup.

Ernest Jackson bobbled the pass over the goal line before gaining control as Ottawa won its first Grey Cup title in franchise history.

Calgary was favoured by double digits heading into the game after finishing with a 15-2-1 regular-season record, while the Redblacks at 8-9-1 were the first team to finish first in a division with a losing record.

But Burris scored on a one-yard plunge on the game's opening drive despite having his left knee lock up during the Redblacks' pre-game warmup, and Ottawa controlled most of the entire game.

The Stampeders turned the game into a thriller, however, charging back from 20 points down and forcing overtime on a Rene Paredes field goal with time expiring in regulation.


Burris was named the Grey Cup's most valuable player.

Burris's status was in doubt before kickoff when his left knee locked up during pre-game warmups.

Still, he was on the field for the Redblacks' first offensive snap and finished with two rushing touchdowns and three passing TD, including the overtime winner.

Calgary quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell, the recently named season's most outstanding player, threw three interceptions.