1979 Ottawa Rough Riders season

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1979 Ottawa Rough Riders season
Head coach George Brancato
Home field Lansdowne Park
Results
Record 8–6–2
Division place 2nd, East
Playoff finish Lost Eastern Final
Uniform
CFL OTT Jersey 1976.png

The 1979 Ottawa Rough Riders finished in 2nd place in the Eastern Conference with an 8–6–2 record. Prior to the 2015 season, the 1979 season was the last time that an Ottawa-based CFL team had a winning season.

In May 1979, Tom Clements was traded to the Saskatchewan Roughriders, the Clements-Holloway quarterback combination would be no more. From 1975–78, under Holloway and Clements, the Rough Riders compiled a 38–24–2 record, which included two Eastern Division championships and a Grey Cup win in 1976 over Saskatchewan, this lent to the credence of the "two number-ones" stratagem and both quarterbacks' team-first attitude.[1]

Preseason[edit]

Week Date Opponent Score Result Record
A June 12 at Montreal Alouettes 36–20 Loss 0–1
B June 18 vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers 13–12 Win 1–1
C June 24 at Edmonton Eskimos 30–27 Win 2–1
D July 4 vs. Toronto Argonauts 18–13 Loss 2–2

Regular season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Eastern Football Conference
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Montreal Alouettes 16 11 4 1 351 284 23
Ottawa Rough Riders 16 8 6 2 349 315 18
Hamilton Tiger-Cats 16 6 10 0 280 338 12
Toronto Argonauts 16 5 11 0 234 352 10

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Score Result Record
1 July 11 vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats 30–19 Win 1–0
2 July 24 at Toronto Argonauts 31–2 Win 2–0
3 July 31 vs. Toronto Argonauts 18–16 Loss 2–1
4 Aug 8 at Calgary Stampeders 27–17 Loss 2–2
5 Aug 14 vs. Edmonton Eskimos 24–24 Tie 2–2–1
6 Aug 20 at Montreal Alouettes 32–14 Loss 2–3–1
7 Aug 29 vs. Montreal Alouettes 31–29 Win 3–3–1
8 Sept 3 at Hamilton Tiger-Cats 16–9 Loss 3–4–1
9 Sept 8 vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats 44–4 Win 4–4–1
10 Sept 15 at Winnipeg Blue Bombers 22–19 Win 5–4–1
11 Sept 30 vs. Montreal Alouettes 29–29 Tie 5–4–2
12 Oct 7 at Saskatchewan Roughriders 20–19 Win 6–4–2
13 Oct 14 vs. BC Lions 28–26 Win 7–4–2
14 Oct 21 at Hamilton Tiger-Cats 21–3 Loss 7–5–2
15 Oct 27 at Montreal Alouettes 24–8 Loss 7–6–2
16 Nov 3 vs. Toronto Argonauts 23–6 Win 8–6–2

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Postseason[edit]

Round Date Opponent Score Result Record
East Semi-Final Nov 11 vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats 29–26 Win 9–6–2
East Final Nov 17 at Montreal Alouettes 17–6 Loss 9–7–2

Player stats[edit]

Passing[edit]

Player Attempts Completions Completions Percentage Yards Touchdowns Interceptions
Condredge Holloway[3] 238 128 53.8 1965 17 8

Receiving[edit]

Player Games Played Receptions Yards Average Long Touchdowns
Jeff Avery 15 27 402 14.9 53 4
Tony Gabriel[4] 16 48 761 15.9 44 8

Awards and honours[edit]

References[edit]