1991 Toronto Argonauts season

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1991 Toronto Argonauts season
Head coach Adam Rita[1]
Home field SkyDome[2]
Results
Record 13–5–0
Division place 1st, East
Playoff finish Won 79th Grey Cup
Uniform
CFL TOR Jersey 1991.png
Timeline
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The 1991 Toronto Argonauts season was the 102nd season for the team since the franchise's inception in 1873. The team finished in first place in the East Division with a 13–5–0 record and qualified for the playoffs for the sixth consecutive year. The Argonauts defeated the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Eastern Final and qualified for the 79th Grey Cup. Toronto defeated the Calgary Stampeders in a rematch of the 1971 Grey Cup, winning their 12th Grey Cup championship by a score of 36-21.

Offseason[edit]

In February 1991, the Argonauts were purchased by Bruce McNall, Wayne Gretzky and John Candy.[3] In April 1991, the Argonauts signed Raghib Ismail to a four year contract worth 18 million dollars.[4] The Ismail signing included four million dollars upfront.[5] Technically, Ismail was only being paid $110,000 a season to play football. The rest was a personal services contract with the intention that Ismail would become an ambassador for Canadian football.[5] Ismail would have 64 receptions, 1,300 receiving yards, and 9 touchdowns.[5]

Preseason[edit]

Week Date Opponent Location Final Score Attendance Record
A June 26 Blue Bombers SkyDome L 29–15 31,196 0–1
B July 2 @ Tiger-Cats Ivor Wynne Stadium L 28–25 13,612 0–2

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Regular season[edit]

Matt Dunigan became the Argonauts new quarterback. Dunigan would miss 10 out of 18 regular season games due to injury.[7] The injuries included a pulled groin, pulled hamstring, and pulled calf muscle. In the Eastern final, Dunigan would break his collarbone in two places before halftime.[7] The Argonauts attendance improved from 30,500 to 37,120 fans per game.[5] Despite winning the Grey Cup and the increase in attendance, the Argonauts lost three million dollars.[8]

Standings[edit]

East Division
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Toronto Argonauts 18 13 5 0 647 526 26
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 18 9 9 0 516 499 18
Ottawa Rough Riders 18 7 11 0 522 577 14
Hamilton Tiger-Cats 18 3 15 0 400 599 6

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Player stats[edit]

Passing[edit]

Player Games Played Attempts Completions Yards Pct. Interceptions Long Touchdowns
Matt Dunigan[10] 8 196 121 2011 61.7 10 87 16

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Location Final Score Attendance Record
1 July 11 @ Rough Riders Lansdowne Park W 35–18 23,254 1–0
2 July 18 Tiger-Cats SkyDome W 41–18 41,178 2–0
3 July 25 Blue Bombers SkyDome W 30–16 37,486 3–0
4 August 1 @ Lions BC Place Stadium L 52–41 (OT) 53,527 3–1
5 August 9 @ Roughriders Taylor Field W 37–35 27,093 4–1
6 August 15 Roughriders SkyDome W 62–10 35,786 5–1
7 August 21 @ Eskimos Commonwealth Stadium L 53–39 43,826 5–2
8 August 27 Lions SkyDome W 34–25 39,508 6–2
8 September 2 @ Tiger-Cats Ivor Wynne Stadium L 48–24 18,461 6–3
9 September 7 Tiger-Cats SkyDome W 52–25 36,102 7–3
10 September 15 @ Stampeders McMahon Stadium L 33–24 26,122 7–4
11 September 21 Eskimos SkyDome W 47–28 34,895 8–4
12 September 29 @ Rough Riders Lansdowne Park W 25–24 26,172 9–4
13 October 5 Blue Bombers SkyDome W 22–21 32,194 10–4
14 October 11 @ Blue Bombers Winnipeg Stadium L 28–27 30,760 10–5
15 October 20 Stampeders SkyDome W 34–27 33,590 11–5
16 October 27 † @ Tiger-Cats Ivor Wynne Stadium W 39–34 17,453 12–5
17 November 3 Rough Riders SkyDome W 34–31 36,001 13–5

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Postseason[edit]

Round Date Opponent Location Final Score Attendance
East Final November 17 Blue Bombers SkyDome W 42–3 50,380
Grey Cup November 24 Stampeders Winnipeg Stadium W 36–21 51,985

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Grey Cup[edit]

Main article: 79th Grey Cup
  • During Grey Cup week, Raghib Ismail embarrassed the team by not showing up to the Meet the Players breakfast.[12]
  • Despite numerous injuries, Matt Dunigan would throw two touchdowns in the final quarter to lead the Argonauts to victory.[13]
Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Total
Toronto Argonauts 8 3 8 17 36
Calgary Stampeders 7 3 4 7 21

Toronto Argonauts (36) – TDs, Ed Berry, Darrell K. Smith, Raghib "Rocket" Ismail, Paul Masotti; FGs Lance Chomyc (2); cons., Chomyc (4); singles Chomyc (2).

Calgary Stampeders (21) – TDs, Danny Barrett, Allen Pitts; FGs, Mark McLoughlin (2); cons., McLoughlin (2); single. McLoughlin.

First Quarter
TOR – TD Berry 50 yard interception return (Chomyc convert)
CGY – TD Barrett 1 yard run (McLoughlin convert)
TOR – Single by Chomyc

Second Quarter
TOR – FG Chomyc
CGY – FG McLoughlin

Third Quarter
CGY – Single McLoughlin
TOR – Single Chomyc
CGY – FG McLoughlin
TOR – TD Smith 48 yard pass from Dunigan (Chomyc convert)

Fourth Quarter
TOR – FG Chomyc
CGY – TD Pitts 12 yard pass from Barrett (McLoughlin convert)
TOR – TD Ismail 87 yard kickoff return (Chomyc convert)
TOR – TD Masotti 36 yard pass from Dunigan (Chomyc convert)

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Awards and honours[edit]

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1991 CFL All-Stars[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "All-Time Coaching". Archived from the original on 22 April 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-07. 
  2. ^ "Toronto Argonauts Stadium History". Archived from the original on 22 April 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-07. 
  3. ^ Weird Facts about Canadian Football, p.58, Overtime Books, First Printing 2009, ISBN 978-1-897277-26-3
  4. ^ Weird Facts about Canadian Football, p.59, Overtime Books, First Printing 2009, ISBN 978-1-897277-26-3
  5. ^ a b c d Weird Facts about Canadian Football, p.114, Overtime Books, First Printing 2009, ISBN 978-1-897277-26-3
  6. ^ a b c "1991 Toronto Argonauts". Retrieved 2010-11-07. 
  7. ^ a b Weird Facts about Canadian Football, p.105, Overtime Books, First Printing 2009, ISBN 978-1-897277-26-3
  8. ^ Weird Facts about Canadian Football, p.61, Overtime Books, First Printing 2009, ISBN 978-1-897277-26-3
  9. ^ "1991 Regular Season Standings". Retrieved 2011-05-07. 
  10. ^ MATT DUNIGAN | CFL.ca | Official Site of the Canadian Football League
  11. ^ "CFL ROUNDUP: Foggie, Argos defeat Tiger-Cats after overcoming 20-point deficit". Ottawa Citizen. 1991-10-28. 
  12. ^ Weird Facts about Canadian Football, p.116, Overtime Books, First Printing 2009, ISBN 978-1-897277-26-3
  13. ^ Weird Facts about Canadian Football, p.107, Overtime Books, First Printing 2009, ISBN 978-1-897277-26-3
  14. ^ "1991 – Toronto Argonauts 36, Calgary Stampeders 21". Archived from the original on 25 April 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-07. 
  15. ^ a b 2010 Toronto Argonauts Media Guide. 2010. p. 168. Archived from the original on 30 April 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-07. 

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