88th Grey Cup
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|Date||November 26, 2000|
|Most Valuable Player||Robert Drummond|
|Most Valuable Canadian||Sean Millington|
|Halftime show||The Guess Who|
|Announcers||(CBC) Steve Armitage, Chris Cuthbert, Mark Lee, Chris Walby, Brian Williams, Glen Suitor, Brenda Irving|
The 88th Grey Cup (Canadian Football League championship) was held in 2000 in Calgary. The BC Lions won the game 28–26 over the Montreal Alouettes. The Lions, who finished 8–10 with an overtime loss during the regular season, became the first team ever to finish with a regular season record below .500 and win the Grey Cup.
BC—Single Passaglia missed 47-yard field goal attempt, one-point granted 4:10
BC—TD Allen 1-yard run (Passaglia convert) 6:39
MTL—FG Baker 19-yard field-goal 11:38
BC—Single Passaglia missed 33-yard field goal attempt, one-point granted 0:17
BC—FG Passaglia 23-yard field-goal 11:10
MTL—TD Climie pass from Calvillo on one-yard line (Baker convert) 6:49
BC—TD Drummond 44-yard run (Passaglia convert) 0:55
MTL—FG Baker 51-yard field-goal 4:30
BC—TD Allen 1-yard run 8:38
MTL—TD Pringle 5-yard run (Baker convert) 11:18
BC—FG Passaglia 29-yard field-goal 13:35
MTL—TD Cahoon 59-yard pass from Calvillo 14:16
The game started off slowly. There was no score until Lui Passaglia's missed field goal produced a single for the Lions that got them off to a 1–0 lead. A little more than three minutes later, Damon Allen scored a touchdown on a one-yard run that made the score 8–0. Montreal finally got on the scoreboard at 11:38 when Terry Baker hit a nineteen-yard field goal to cut the score to 8–3. There was only one score in the second quarter, as Passaglia missed another field goal that produced another single for the Lions. The Lions led 9–3 going into the half.
Only 55 seconds into the fourth period, Robert Drummond broke through the Al's defense for a forty-four yard score to increase the Lions' lead to 19–10. Terry Baker had his second field goal of the day to bring the Al's nearer, 19–13. Lions' quarterback Damon Allen ran for his second touchdown of the day. The two-point conversion failed, but the lead was now twelve with 11:01 on the clock.
Alouettes running back Mike Pringle, who ran for 115 yards on the day, ran in a five-yard score to shrink the score once again to 25–20 with 3:42 left in the game. Lui Passaglia's 29-yard field goal with 1:25 left gave the Lions an eight-point lead. Anthony Calvillo and the Al's only had a small amount of time to work with to possibly tie up the game and send it into overtime. Calvillo hit receiver Ben Cahoon across the middle and Cahoon raced fifty-nine yards to pull the Alouettes to within two with 44 seconds left in the game. The Alouettes went for a two-point convert to tie the game and send it into overtime, but Calvillo's pass sailed over the head of a falling Thomas Haskins, who fell to the turf before the pass arrived. The play was not without controversy, with the Alouettes seeking a pass interference call, but none was called.
Montreal attempted an onside kick, but Lions' receiver Alfred Jackson leapt over several Alouette players to recover the football, enabling the Lions to run out the clock.
- The Lions ran for 264 yards, 122 on 10 carries by Robert Drummond and 99 by Sean Millington. Drummond was awarded the game's most valuable player and Millington received the game's most valuable Canadian.
- This was the final game for Lions kicker Lui Passaglia who retired after the 2000 CFL season. He played in professional football for 25 years, the longest of any player in either the NFL or CFL.
- This was the first Grey Cup appearance for the reactivated Montreal Alouettes; their last Grey Cup appearance came in 1979, in a loss to the Edmonton Eskimos.