CFL: Burris leads Redblacks to shock Grey Cup victory
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...