CFL: Burris leads Redblacks to shock Grey Cup victory

Mon Nov 28, 2016 12:25am EST
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By Steve Keating

TORONTO (Reuters) - Henry Burris threw three touchdowns, including one in overtime, and ran in two others as the Ottawa Redblacks stunned the Calgary Stampeders 39-33 to win the 104th Grey Cup in one of the biggest upsets in Canadian Football League history on Sunday.

Burris was named the game's Most Valuable Player after completing 35-of-46 passes, none bigger than the 11-yard strike to Ernest Jackson in overtime that gave Ottawa their first Grey Cup for 40 years, when the team were known as the Rough Riders.

The 41-year-old Burris, who also connected on touchdown passes to Brad Sinopoli and Patrick Lavoie and threw for a total of 461 yards, became the oldest quarterback to lead his team to a Grey Cup triumph.

The Redblacks' victory over the heavily favored Stampeders also erased the disappointment of losing to the Edmonton Eskimos in last year's title showdown.

"It was almost a situation where I wasn't able to play today, my knee locked up on me before the game but I wouldn't accept that," said Burris, who guided the Stampeders to the CFL championship in 2008.

"For all those haters out there, all those organizations who haven't won a Grey Cup for decades, here we are.

"Right now all I want to do is enjoy the party."

The Redblacks ended the season with an 8-9-1 record and were not expected to represent much of a problem for a Calgary juggernaut that had ripped through the schedule (15-2-1) behind the league's outstanding quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell.   Continued...

Ottawa Redblacks quarterback Henry Burris holds up the Grey Cup after the Redblacks defeated the Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian Football League's (CFL) 104th Grey Cup championship game in Toronto, Ontario, Canada November 27, 2016.  REUTERS/Mark Blinch