MONTREAL (Reuters) - Sandro DeAngelis booted five field goals to lift the Calgary Stampeders to a 22-14 victory over the Montreal Alouettes in the 96th Grey Cup on Sunday.
The Canadian Football League (CFL) championship game featured the league’s top two quarterbacks in Anthony Calvillo and Henry Burris but the final failed to produce the expected offensive fireworks, with each side managing just one touchdown.
It was the kickers who stole the spotlight, DeAngelis booting a 44-yard field in the opening half and connecting on 12, 14, 21 and 50-yard efforts after the interval to earn the most valuable player honors.
Playing in their home stadium in front of a raucous crowd of 66,308, the second largest ever for a Grey Cup game, the Alouettes battled to a 13-10 halftime lead but their high-powered attack spluttered in the second half and scored just one point.
The Stampeders’ first Grey Cup win since 2001 was sweet redemption for Burris, who walked away with the championship game MVP award having been beaten out for league MVP honors by Calvillo on Thursday.
”I feel like I‘m living a dream right now, it’s been a long tough journey,“ Burris told reporters. ”This is what we fight for.
”We’ve been dragged through the dirt a few years...but we learned a lot from the journey to get to where we are today.
“Just going through those times makes it special when you finally reach the pinnacle.”
In the first half it looked as if the Alouettes were heading for the perfect finish to their season.
They took a 13-3 second quarter lead on a pair of field goals from Damon Duval and a 16-yard touchdown run by Avon Cobourne.
The Stampeders hit back with their only touchdown before the break when Burris found Brett Ralph with 20-yard strike to trim the Montreal advantage 13-10.
Calgary opened the second half with DeAngelis’ field goal to pull level at 13-13 only to watch Montreal regain the lead on a Duval single.
That was the last time the Alouettes led, with DeAngelis nailing three field goals to clinch the Stampeders sixth Cup.
“This is one of the greatest days of my life,” said DeAngelis. “We are immortal.”
Editing by Martin Petty