1978 Ottawa Rough Riders season

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1978 Ottawa Rough Riders season
Head coach George Brancato
Home field Lansdowne Park
Results
Record 11–5
Division place 1st, East
Playoff finish Lost Eastern Final
Uniform
CFL OTT Jersey 1976.png

The 1978 Ottawa Rough Riders finished in 1st place in the East division with an 11–5 record.

In 1978, Tony Garbriel was named the Outstanding Player in the CFL. He was the first Canadian to win that honour since Russ Jackson in 1969. No other Canadian has won the award since Gabriel. By 1978, Condredge Holloway's interception totals had dropped from 9, 6 and 5 in his first three years to just 2 on 214 attempts in 1978.[1] Holloway's share of Ottawa's passing yards was between 25.7 – 32.8 percent over the first three years. In 1978, it soared to 49.7 percent. Holloway's higher profile and obvious improvement would be factors in Clements' May, 1979 trade to Saskatchewan.[2]

Preseason[edit]

Week Date Opponent Score Result Record
A June 14 at Hamilton Tiger-Cats 24–16 Win 1–0
B June 21 vs. BC Lions 21–20 Loss 1–1
C June 28 vs. Montreal Alouettes 25–4 Loss 1–2
D July 4 at Winnipeg Blue Bombers 28–27 Loss 1–3

Regular season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Eastern Football Conference
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Ottawa Rough Riders 16 11 5 0 395 261 22
Montreal Alouettes 16 8 7 1 331 295 17
Hamilton Tiger-Cats 16 5 10 1 225 403 11
Toronto Argonauts 16 4 12 0 234 389 8

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Score Result Record
1 July 11 vs. Montreal Alouettes 17–10 Win 1–0
2 July 26 at Toronto Argonauts 20–16 Loss 1–1
3 Aug 1 at Edmonton Eskimos 24–23 Win 2–1
4 Aug 8 vs. Toronto Argonauts 37–18 Win 3–1
5 Aug 15 vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats 32–6 Win 4–1
6 Aug 23 at Hamilton Tiger-Cats 36–8 Win 5–1
7 Aug 30 vs. Calgary Stampeders 27–16 Win 6–1
8 Sept 5 at Montreal Alouettes 23–18 Win 7–1
8 Sept 9 vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers 31–29 Loss 7–2
9 Bye
10 Sept 24 vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders 53–18 Win 8–2
11 Sept 30 at Toronto Argonauts 24–3 Win 9–2
12 Oct 9 at Hamilton Tiger-Cats 25–5 Loss 9–3
13 Oct 15 vs. Montreal Alouettes 13–10 Win 10–3
14 Oct 21 at BC Lions 20–17 Loss 10–4
15 Oct 28 vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats 34–9 Win 11–4
16 Nov 4 at Montreal Alouettes 34–9 Win 12–4

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Postseason[edit]

Round Date Opponent Score Result Record
East Final Nov 19 vs. Montreal Alouettes 21–16 Loss 12–5

Player stats[edit]

Passing[edit]

Player Attempts Completions Percentage Yards Touchdowns Interceptions
Tom Clements 239 152 63.6 1990 17 12
Condredge Holloway[4] 214 132 61.7 1970 12 2

Receiving[edit]

Player Games Played Receptions Yards Average Long Touchdowns
Jeff Avery 16 50 767 15.3 68 3
Tony Gabriel[5] 16 67 1070 16.0 80 11
Art Green 16 40 580 14.5 47 6

Rushing[edit]

Player Rushes Yards Average Touchdowns Long
Art Green 58 238 4.1 3 64

Awards and honours[edit]

References[edit]