Saskatchewan Roughriders 9 @ Winnipeg Blue Bombers 55

Game Details

  • Week 18
  • 69th Game of Regular Season (77th Overall)
  • Friday, Oct 24, 1997 8:00 PM EDT ( )
  • (Local)
  • at Winnipeg Stadium in Winnipeg, MB
    • Surface: Fixed Artificial Turf (AstroTurf-like)
    • Attendance: 30,222
    • Capacity: 33,675
  • Broadcasters:
    • TSN
    • RDS

Game Notes

Game Summary

The Saskatchewan Roughriders rode into Winnipeg on a cold, cloudy day looking to clear up their playoff future in the tight Western Division. Winnipeg WR Joe Rogers scored the games first major when QB Chris Vargas found him in the end zone for a 9-yard toss at 2:59. K Troy Westwood’s convert attempt was successful pacing the Bombers to an early 7-0 lead. Vargas then hit Winnipeg’s Most Outstanding Player nominee Milt Stegall for a 35-yard TD reception at 1:44. Winnipeg continued to shoot the lights out in the first quarter as Vargas threw his third TD pass, this time a 13-yard toss to SB Ted Long at 12:40. Westwood was good on both convert attempts giving the Bombers a commanding 21-0 advantage after one period of play. Saskatchewan scored their first points of the game early in the second quarter after K Paul McCallum’s 17-yard FG sailed wide but still scored a single point. Westwood however, answered back striking a FG of his own from 36 yards out. This was followed by the games first rushing score as RB Ronald Williams rumbled into the end zone at 14:4 after a 23-yard dash. This made the score 31-1 for the Bombers at half-time after the Westwood convert. The second half didn’t fare much better for the ’Riders as Williams scored his second consecutive rushing TD. The 10-yard run came just a 1:30 into play and was followed by a 47-yard pass by Vargas to Long for his second TD reception of the match. Westwood was good on both convert singles. McCallum then kicked two consecutive FGs from 43, and 40 yards respectively to give Saskatchewan 7 points on the night. Westwood however, stopped any momentum Saskatchewan was building when he struck a 29-yard FG with no time remaining on the clock to close the third quarter. Saskatchewan opened the score in the final stanza of play when P Bob Cameron was forced to concede a 2-point team safety at 9:06. It was Winnipeg however, that finished the scoring in the match as QB Raymond Philyaw, subbing for Vargas found wide-out Dexter Dawson in the end zone for a 17-yard reception making the final score from Winnipeg Stadium 55-9 to the delight of the Bomber faithful. The loss meant Saskatchewan had to give up any hopes of hosting a playoff game at Taylor Field.

Source: Game Review, 1997 CFL Weekly Statistical Package

1996 and 1997 Winnipeg and Saskatchewan Matchups
1996Week 10WPG 23 @ SSK 41
Week 14WPG 37 @ SSK 15
Week 16SSK 14 @ WPG 20
1997Week BWPG 21 @ SSK 39
Week 10WPG 43 @ SSK 12
Week 18SSK 9 @ WPG 55

Blue Bombers record vs Roughriders (Regular Season)

Last decade (1987 to 1996)
  • at Winnipeg 9–2–0 (0.818)
  • at Saskatchewan 4–8–0 (0.333)
  • Winnipeg Total 13–10–0 (0.565)
All-time (through 1997)
  • at Winnipeg 64–33–1 (0.658)
  • at Saskatchewan 48–47–3 (0.505)
  • Winnipeg Total 112–80–4 (0.582)

Streaks as of Oct. 24, 1997 (Regular Season)

Blue Bombers streak at home vs Roughriders
Blue Bombers streak overall vs Roughriders


1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Roughriders 0 1 6 2 9
Blue Bombers 21 10 17 7 55

Roughriders coach: Jim Daley (L)
Blue Bombers coach: Jeff Reinebold (W)

Roughriders (8-10-0) Next @ Stampeders Nov 02

Game Time Weather in Winnipeg, MB

October 24th Hourly Weather Summary for Winnipeg
Site Local Time Condition Temp. Wind Humidity Feels Like Pressure
Richardson Int'l A 7:00 PM Snow -2.9°C NE (350°) at 22 km/h 67% -9 100.01 kPa
Richardson Int'l A 8:00 PM Cloudy -3.6°C N (10°) at 19 km/h 60% -10 100.04 kPa
Richardson Int'l A 9:00 PM Mostly Cloudy -4.5°C N (10°) at 11 km/h 69% -9 100.04 kPa
Richardson Int'l A 10:00 PM Mostly Cloudy -4.5°C N (10°) at 17 km/h 69% -10 100.07 kPa

Conditions at Winnipeg Richardson Int'l A (4.27 km away). Weather courtesy of Environment Canada Data.

League Records Set and Approached in SSK @ WPG
Including known plays over 55 yards

Regular Season
ValuePersonRecord Held Span OR
Rushing Yards – Game 22nd 22nd 212 yards Ronald Williams


  • CFL (Game score/boxscore)


  • Steve Daniel/CFL


  • Data is verified (Data Complete)