43rd Vanier Cup

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43rd Vanier Cup
Saint Mary's Huskies Manitoba Bisons
(7-1) (8-0)
14 28
Head coach: 
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1 2 3 4 Total
Saint Mary's Huskies 7 1 0 6 14
Manitoba Bisons 6 7 10 5 28
Date November 23, 2007
Stadium Rogers Centre
Location Toronto
Ted Morris Memorial Trophy Mike Howard, Manitoba CB
Bruce Coulter Award John Makie, Manitoba QB
Attendance 26,787
Network The Score/The Score HD
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The 43rd Vanier Cup was played on November 23, 2007, at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, and decided the CIS Football champion for the 2007 season.[1] The Manitoba Bisons completed a perfect season by defeating the Saint Mary's Huskies by a score of 28-14, finishing with a 12-0 record. The Huskies were without Hec Crighton Trophy winner Erik Glavic, who injured his knee a week earlier in the Uteck Bowl.[2]

Game summary[edit]

Saint Mary's Huskies (14) - TDs, Fraser O'Neill, Shawn White; singles, Justin Palardy (1); cons., Justin Palardy (1).

Manitoba Bisons (28) - TDs, Steve Gronick, John Makie; FGs Scott Dixon (4); cons., Scott Dixon (2); safety touch (1).

Scoring summary[edit]

First Quarter
SMU - TD O'Neill 13 pass from Abraham (Palardy convert) (5:22)
MAN - FG Dixon 40 (11:50)
MAN - FG Dixon 27 (15:00)
Second Quarter
MAN - TD Gronick 39 pass from Makie (Dixon convert) (6:04)
SMU - Single Palardy missed 30 yard field goal attempt (9:35)
Third Quarter
MAN - TD Makie 6 rush (Dixon kick) (4:41)
MAN - FG Dixon 32 (11:59)
Fourth Quarter
MAN - FG Dixon 33 (00:54)
SMU - TD White 8 pass from Abraham (Two-point convert failed) (3:35)
MAN - Team Safety (10:26)

Notable game facts[edit]

  • The Manitoba Bisons became the 11th team in CIS history to claim the Vanier Cup after an undefeated season.
  • The Vanier Cup and the Grey Cup were played two days apart in the same stadium, with both games featuring teams from Winnipeg.
  • This was the seventh consecutive Vanier Cup game that featured a team nicknamed "Huskies."
  • Manitoba CB Mike Howard had three interceptions and won the Ted Morris Memorial Trophy as game defensive MVP award.
  • Manitoba QB John Makie finished the game passing 16-of-31 for 261 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions, and also scored on a six-yard touchdown run, and was awarded the Bruce Coulter Trophy as game offensive MVP award.
  • Manitoba RB Matt Henry suffered a grotesque leg injury in the first quarter. It was later diagnosed as a broken femur.[3]


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