1991 Toronto Argonauts season
|1991 Toronto Argonauts season|
|Head coach||Adam Rita|
|Division place||1st, East|
|Playoff finish||Won 79th Grey Cup|
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.
In February 1991, the Argonauts were purchased by Bruce McNall, Wayne Gretzky and John Candy. In April 1991, the Argonauts signed Raghib Ismail to a four-year contract worth 18 million dollars. The Ismail signing included four million dollars upfront. 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. Ismail would have 64 receptions, 1,300 receiving yards, and 9 touchdowns.
|A||June 26||Blue Bombers||SkyDome||L 15–29||31,196||0–1|
|B||July 2||@ Tiger-Cats||Ivor Wynne Stadium||L 25–28||13,612||0–2|
Matt Dunigan became the Argonauts new quarterback. Dunigan would miss 10 out of 18 regular season games due to injury. 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. The Argonauts attendance improved from 30,500 to 37,120 fans per game. Despite winning the Grey Cup and the increase in attendance, the Argonauts lost three million dollars.
|Winnipeg Blue Bombers||18||9||9||0||516||499||18|
|Ottawa Rough Riders||18||7||11||0||522||577||14|
|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 41–52 (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 39–53||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 24–48||18,461||6–3|
|9||September 7||Tiger-Cats||SkyDome||W 52–25||36,102||7–3|
|10||September 15||@ Stampeders||McMahon Stadium||L 24–33||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 27–28||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|
|East Final||November 17||Blue Bombers||SkyDome||W 42–3||50,380|
|Grey Cup||November 24||Stampeders||Winnipeg Stadium||W 36–21||51,985|
- During Grey Cup week, Raghib Ismail embarrassed the team by not showing up to the Meet the Players breakfast.
- Despite numerous injuries, Matt Dunigan would throw two touchdowns in the final quarter to lead the Argonauts to victory.
TOR – TD Berry 50 yard interception return (Chomyc convert)
CGY – TD Barrett 1 yard run (McLoughlin convert)
TOR – Single by Chomyc
TOR – FG Chomyc
CGY – FG McLoughlin
CGY – Single McLoughlin
TOR – Single Chomyc
CGY – FG McLoughlin
TOR – TD Smith 48 yard pass from Dunigan (Chomyc convert)
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)
Awards and honours
1991 CFL All-Stars
- WR – Raghib "Rocket" Ismail, CFL All-Star
- OG – Dan Ferrone, CFL All-Star
- DT – Harold Hallman, CFL All-Star
- DE – Mike Campbell, CFL All-Star
- LB – Darryl Ford, CFL All-Star
- DB – Don Wilson, CFL All-Star
- P – Hank Ilesic, CFL All-Star
- K – Lance Chomyc, CFL All-Star
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