1963 BC Lions season

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1963 BC Lions season
Head coach Dave Skrien
Home field Empire Stadium
Results
Record 12–4
Division place 1st, West
Playoff finish Lost in Grey Cup
Uniform
CFL Jersey BCL1965.png

The 1963 BC Lions finished the season in first place in the West Division for the first time ever with a 12–4 record.

Over the course of the season, the Lions' defense allowed an average of only 14.5 points per game while running back Willie Fleming rushed for 1,234 yards and an astounding 9.7 yard average. It was first time the Lions finished with a perfect home record. A total of seven Lions would make the CFL all-star team and Tom Brown would win the Schenley for Most Outstanding Lineman.

On September 7, a crowd of 36,659 watch the Lions versus the Calgary Stampeders, the largest crowd ever to watch a CFL regular season game at that point in time.

After claiming first place, the Lions earned a bye into the West Finals where they beat the Saskatchewan Roughriders two games to one. They made their first Grey Cup appearance in franchise history, losing to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats by a score of 21–10 at Empire Stadium.

The Lions changed their jerseys. The orange and black stripes were replaced with thick orange shoulder stripe with TV numbers including within.

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Western Football Conference
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
BC Lions 16 12 4 0 387 232 24
Calgary Stampeders 16 10 4 2 427 323 22
Saskatchewan Roughriders 16 7 7 2 223 226 16
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 16 7 9 0 302 325 14
Edmonton Eskimos 16 2 14 0 220 425 4

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Season schedule[edit]

Game Date Opponent Score Result Record
1 Aug 8 at Saskatchewan Roughriders 16–7 Win 1–0
2 Aug 12 vs. Edmonton Eskimos 31–12 Win 2–0
3 Aug 19 vs. Toronto Argonauts 22–12 Win 3–0
4 Aug 26 at Calgary Stampeders 22–19 Win 4–0
5 Aug 29 at Winnipeg Blue Bombers 16–15 Loss 4–1
6 Sept 7 vs. Calgary Stampeders 37–21 Win 5–1
7 Sept 9 at Saskatchewan Roughriders 8–2 Win 6–1
8 Sept 16 vs. Montreal Alouettes 20–9 Win 7–1
9 Sept 21 at Hamilton Tiger-Cats 38–21 Loss 7–2
10 Sept 23 at Ottawa Rough Riders 23–17 Loss 7–3
11 Sept 30 vs. Calgary Stampeders 32–14 Win 8–3
12 Oct 5 at Edmonton Eskimos 40–1 Win 9–3
13 Oct 12 vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders 26–6 Win 10–3
14 Oct 19 vs. Edmonton Eskimos 32–6 Win 11–3
15 Oct 27 at Winnipeg Blue Bombers 34–26 Loss 11–4
16 Nov 3 vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers 28–10 Win 12–4

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Playoffs[edit]

West Finals[edit]

Western-Finals – Game 1
BC Lions @ Saskatchewan Roughriders
Date Away Home
November 16 BC Lions 19 Saskatchewan Roughriders 7
Western Finals – Game 2
Saskatchewan Roughriders @ BC Lions
Date Away Home
November 20 Saskatchewan Roughriders 13 BC Lions 8
Western Finals – Game 3
Saskatchewan Roughriders @ BC Lions
Date Away Home
November 23 Saskatchewan Roughriders 1 BC Lions 36
  • BC wins the best of three series 2–1. The Lions will advance to the Grey Cup Championship game.

Grey Cup[edit]

Main article: 51st Grey Cup
November 30

51st Annual Grey Cup Game: Empire StadiumVancouver, British Columbia

Western Champion Eastern Champion
BC Lions 10 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 21
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are the 1963 Grey Cup Champions

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Offensive leaders[edit]

Player Passing yds Rushing yds Receving yds TD
Joe Kapp 3011 438 0 5
Willie Fleming 1234 539 12
Nub Beamer 914 128 12
Sonny Homer 0 608 3
Jerry Janes 0 390 3
Pat Claridge 0 377 3
Mack Burton 0 352 3

Awards and records[edit]

1963 CFL All-Stars[edit]

References[edit]