1997 Saskatchewan Roughriders season

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1997 Saskatchewan Roughriders season
Head coach Jim Daley
General manager Alan Ford
Home field Taylor Field
Results
Record 8–10–0
Division place 3rd, West
Playoff finish Lost in Grey Cup
Team MOP Bobby Jurasin
Team MOC Dan Farthing
Team MOR Todd McMillon

The 1997 Saskatchewan Roughriders finished in 3rd place in the West division with an 8–10 record and lost in the 85th Grey Cup game to the Doug Flutie-led Toronto Argonauts. Despite finishing the season tied with the BC Lions, the Roughriders were placed above the Lions after winning the season series three games to one. The 'Riders proceeded to upset the Calgary Stampeders by a score of 33–30 in the West-Semi Final and then defeated the favoured Edmonton Eskimos 31–30 to proceed to the Grey Cup game.

Offseason[edit]

CFL Draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team
1 2 Ben Fairbrother Offensive Lineman Calgary
2 13 Chris Szarka Fullback Eastern Illinois
4 26 Mark Raphael Cornerback Ottawa
5 34 Andre Batson Wide Receiver York
6 42 Dan Comiskey Offensive Lineman Windsor

Ottawa Rough Riders DIspersal Draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Pos
0 1 David Archer QB
1 2 Lamar McGriggs LB
2 10 Shawn Daniels FB
3 18 Dave Dinnall RB
4 26 Profall Grier RB

Preseason[edit]

Week Date Opponent Score Result Attendance
B Fri, June 13 vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers 39–21 Win 19,681
C Thurs, June 19 at Edmonton Eskimos 24–18 Loss 32,291

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

West Division
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Edmonton Eskimos 18 12 6 0 479 400 24 Details
Calgary Stampeders 18 10 8 0 522 442 20 Details
Saskatchewan Roughriders 18 8 10 0 413 479 16 Details
BC Lions 18 8 10 0 429 536 16 Details

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Season schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Score Result Attendance Record
1 Thurs, June 26 at BC Lions 24–23 Win 18,881 1–0
2 Fri, July 4 vs. Edmonton Eskimos 24–18 Loss 25,751 1–1
3 Sat, July 12 vs. Toronto Argonauts 27–23 Win 22,956 2–1
4 Fri, July 18 at Calgary Stampeders 22–13 Loss 30,366 2–2
5 Sat, July 26 vs. Calgary Stampeders 21–19 Win 26,483 3–2
6 Thurs, July 31 at Edmonton Eskimos 37–34 Loss 30,917 3–3
7 Fri, Aug 8 at Hamilton Tiger-Cats 30–20 Win 12,582 4–3
8 Fri, Aug 15 vs. BC Lions 39–26 Loss 28,556 4–4
9 Thurs, Aug 21 at Toronto Argonauts 27–1 Loss 17,330 4–5
10 Sun, Aug 31 vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers 43–12 Loss 29,788 4–6
11 Sun, Sept 7 vs. BC Lions 46–12 Win 22,966 5–6
12 Sun, Sept 14 at Calgary Stampeders 28–24 Loss 28,414 5–7
13 Sun, Sept 21 vs. Montreal Alouettes 24–22 Loss 25,570 5–8
14 Sun, Sept 28 vs. Edmonton Eskimos 29–5 Win 29,361 6–8
15 Fri, Oct 3 at Montreal Alouettes 30–29 Loss 12,322 6–9
16 Fri, Oct 10 at BC Lions 26–19 Win 22,399 7–9
17 Sun, Oct 19 vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats 22–19 Win 31,909 8–9
18 Fri, Oct 24 at Winnipeg Blue Bombers 55–9 Loss 30,222 8–10

Roster[edit]

Saskatchewan Roughriders roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Slotbacks

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Injured

Practice Roster


Italics indicate Import player

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Awards and records[edit]

CFL All-Star Selections[edit]

Western All-Star Selections[edit]

  • Bobby Jurasin, Defensive End
  • John Terry, Offensive Tackle

Milestones[edit]

References[edit]