1981 Ottawa Rough Riders season

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1981 Ottawa Rough Riders season
Head coach George Brancato
Home field Lansdowne Park
Results
Record 5–11–0
Division place 2nd, East
Playoff finish Lost Grey Cup
Uniform
CFL OTT Jersey 1980.png

The 1981 Ottawa Rough Riders finished the season in 2nd place in the East Division with a 5–11–0 record. They appeared in the Grey Cup game, in what would be their last Grey Cup appearance in franchise history, and the last for any Ottawa-based CFL team for 34 years.

Offseason[edit]

CFL Draft[edit]

Rd Pick Player Position School
0 0 John Park TE Bowling Green
0 0 Ian Beckstead TE Richmond
1 3 Maurice Doyle RB Toronto
2 12 Don Burns WR Ottawa
4 30 Eric Boss DT Toronto
5 39 Larry Ring DB Bishop's
6 48 Anthony Refosso OT Toronto
7 57 Rob Ball DL Queen's

Preseason[edit]

Date Opponent Final Score Result Attendance Record
June 4 at Toronto Argonauts 20–12 Win 28,325 1–0
June 11 vs. Montreal Alouettes 18–17 Win 16,139 2–0
June 21 at Montreal Alouettes 21–17 Loss 21,249 2–1
June 26 vs. Toronto Argonauts 35–25 Win 14,092 3–1

Regular season[edit]

Standings[edit]

East Division
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Hamilton Tiger-Cats 16 11 4 1 414 335 23
Ottawa Rough Riders 16 5 11 0 306 446 10
Montreal Alouettes 16 3 13 0 267 518 6
Toronto Argonauts 16 2 14 0 241 506 4

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Score Result Attendance Record
1 July 3 vs. Edmonton Eskimos 47–21 Loss 22,023 0–1
2 July 11 at Hamilton Tiger-Cats 47–10 Loss 22,345 0–2
3 July 17 vs. Montreal Alouettes 33–31 Win 24,827 1–2
4 July 25 at BC Lions 31–17 Loss 26,661 1–3
5 Bye
6 Aug 7 vs. Toronto Argonauts 38–11 Win 22,658 2–3
7 Aug 15 vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders 32–16 Loss 18,408 2–4
8 Aug 21 at Calgary Stampeders 30–18 Loss 30,276 2–5
9 Aug 28 at Winnipeg Blue Bombers 31–8 Loss 26,031 2–6
10 Sept 4 vs. BC Lions 17–7 Win 18,393 3–6
11 Sept 13 at Toronto Argonauts 23–6 Win 30,340 4–6
12 Sept 20 at Saskatchewan Roughriders 26–23 Loss 28,335 4–7
13 Sept 26 vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats 30–16 Loss 20,451 4–8
14 Oct 3 vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers 44–24 Loss 15,523 4–9
15 Oct 12 at Edmonton Eskimos 24–6 Loss 45,805 4–10
16 Oct 18 vs. Calgary Stampeders 21–10 Win 15,002 5–10
17 Bye
18 Nov 1 at Montreal Alouettes 39–15 Loss 20,867 5–11

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Postseason[edit]

Round Date Opponent Score Result Attendance
East Semi-Final Nov 8 vs. Montreal Alouettes 20–16 Win 17,554
East Final Nov 15 at Hamilton Tiger-Cats 17–13 Win 28,104
Grey Cup Nov 22 Edmonton Eskimos 26–23 Loss 53,307

Grey Cup[edit]

Main article: 69th Grey Cup
Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Total
Edmonton Eskimos 0 1 14 11 26
Ottawa Rough Riders 13 7 0 3 23

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First Quarter

Ottawa – FG – Gerry Organ 34 yards
Ottawa – FG – Gerry Organ 37 yards
Ottawa – TD – Jim Reid 1-yard run (Gerry Organ convert)

Second Quarter

Ottawa – TD – Sam Platt 14-yard run (Gerry Organ convert)
Edmonton – Single – Dave Cutler 24 yards missed Field Goal

Third Quarter

Edmonton – TD – Jim Germany 2-yard run (Dave Cutler convert)
Edmonton – TD – Warren Moon 1-yard run (Dave Cutler convert)

Fourth Quarter

Ottawa – FG – Gerry Organ 28 yards
Edmonton – TD – Warren Moon 1-yard run (Marco Cyncar 2 point convert pass from Moon)
Edmonton – FG – Dave Cutler 27 yards

Awards and honours[edit]

References[edit]