1979 BC Lions season

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1979 BC Lions season
Head coach Vic Rapp
Home field Empire Stadium
Results
Record 9–6–1
Division place 3rd, West
Playoff finish Lost West Semi-Final
Uniform
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The 1979 BC Lions finished in third place in the West Division with a 9–6–1 record. They appeared in the West Semi-Final.

Jerry Tagge had a great start to the season and led the Lions to a 6-1-1 record. However, he suffered a catastrophic knee injury mid-season that would end his career. Under sophomore backup Joe Paopao, the Lions lost five, but finished third with a 9-6-1 record, before bowing out to Calgary in the semi-final. The duo threat backfield of Larry Key with 1060 rushing yards & 289 receiving yards and John Henry White with 776 rushing yards & 422 receiving yards help carry the team after Tagge went down.

Key was a CFL All-star, along with Centre Al Wilson (for 5th straight season) and kicker Lui Passaglia who was led the league punting and was 2nd in league scoring.

After the season, "Dirty Thirty" Jim Young retired from football after 13 seasons. He retired as the Lions all-time leading receiver with 9248 yards and 65 touchdowns. Young's receiving yardage record would stand for 31 years.

Norm Fieldgate became the second Lions player to be inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.

Offseason[edit]

CFL Draft[edit]

Rd Pick Player Position School

Preseason[edit]

Date Opponent Score Result

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Western Football Conference
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Edmonton Eskimos 16 12 2 2 495 219 26
Calgary Stampeders 16 12 4 0 382 278 24
BC Lions 16 9 6 1 328 333 19
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 16 4 12 0 283 340 8
Saskatchewan Roughriders 16 2 14 0 194 437 4

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Season schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Score Result Record
1 July 11 at Saskatchewan Roughriders 28–4 Win 1–0
2 July 17 vs. Montreal Alouettes 25–10 Win 2–0
3 July 24 at Winnipeg Blue Bombers 19–18 Win 3–0
4 July 31 vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders 24–15 Win 4–0
5 Aug 7 vs. Edmonton Eskimos 14–14 Tie 4–0–1
6 Aug 15 at Calgary Stampeders 22–10 Loss 4–1–1
7 Aug 21 at Hamilton Tiger-Cats 22–16 Win 5–1–1
8 Aug 28 vs. Calgary Stampeders 18–17 Win 6–1–1
9 Bye 6–1–1
10 Sept 9 at Winnipeg Blue Bombers 17–15 Win 7–1–1
11 Sept 16 at Edmonton Eskimos 40–8 Loss 7–2–1
12 Sept 22 vs. Toronto Argonauts 34–25 Win 8–2–1
13 Sept 29 vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers 22–21 Win 9–2–1
14 Bye 9–2–1
15 Oct 14 at Ottawa Rough Riders 28–26 Loss 9–3–1
16 Oct 20 vs. Calgary Stampeders 37–32 Loss 9–4–1
17 Oct 28 at Saskatchewan Roughriders 26–12 Loss 9–5–1
18 Nov 3 vs. Edmonton Eskimos 25–17 Loss 9–6–1

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Playoffs[edit]

West Semi-Final[edit]

Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Total
BC Lions 1 0 0 1 2
Calgary Stampeders 3 5 29 0 37

Awards and records[edit]

1979 CFL All-Stars[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CFL.ca". Archived from the original on 2009-07-22. Retrieved 2009-07-03. 
  2. ^ "British Columbia Lions All-Time Canadian Football League (CFL) Records". Archived from the original on 2009-05-07. Retrieved 2009-03-08.