TORONTO – It will go down as one of the biggest upsets in CFL history. And it will also go down as a CFL Grey Cup classic. Led by ageless Henry Burris, the Ottawa RedBlacks built up a big lead, watched Calgary come back to tie the game with 10 points in the final minute and a half, only to see Burris throw his 3rd touchdown pass of the game in the first overtime mini-game, giving the RedBlacks a 39-33 win in front of more than 33,000 delirious fans at BMO field in Toronto.
The RedBlacks dominated the first half and scored early in the third quarter to build up a 27-7 lead. But the Stampeders scored those late points to send it to overtime, only to have Burris cap perhaps the greatest game of his career, leading Ottawa to the game winning touchdown. The 41-year old Burris outplayed his much younger counterpart, completing 35 of his 46 passes for 461 yards, while Bo Levi Mitchell made 28 passes on 38 attempts, and was picked off three times. Mitchell only threw 8 interceptions all season long.
The CFL was the big winner on this night. It ranks as one of the most exciting, most riveting games in Grey Cup history. And there have been plenty of them. A week in Toronto that had a noticeable lack of Grey Cup buzz ended on the highest possible note, an overtime Grey cup thriller sending the CFL into the off-season in a most positive way.