For the first time since there was only one most valuable player of the Grey Cup, a Canadian was named the most valuable player and most outstanding Canadian of the Canadian Football League’s championship game. On Sunday, Andrew Harris of Winnipeg, Manitoba received both awards as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers defeated the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 33-12 to win the 107th Grey Cup from McMahon Stadium in Calgary, Alberta.
Harris, a running back, had 169 total yards in the contest. He had 134 yards rushing and 35 yards receiving. Harris also had one touchdown catch and one touchdown reception.
Turnovers were a major reason for the Winnipeg victory. Hamilton committed seven turnovers, including three in the first quarter.
The Blue Bombers dominated the first half as they outscored the Tiger-Cats 8-3 in the first quarter and 13-3 in the second quarter for a halftime lead of 21-6. The third quarter was rather even as both teams scored six points, before the Blue Bombers scored all six fourth quarter points.
This was Winnipeg’s first Grey Cup win since 1990. That year they throttled the Edmonton Eskimos by a score of 50-11.
The Grey Cup has presented one most valuable player since 1991. From 1974-1990, there was an offensive and defensive most valuable player. In 1980, Edmonton Eskimos linebacker Dale Potter of Ottawa, Ontario won the Grey Cup most valuable player award (on defense) and was the most outstanding Canadian. In 1982, Edmonton Eskimos defensive tackle Dave Fennell of Edmonton, Alberta won the Grey Cup most valuable player award (on defense) and was the most outstanding Canadian.