Toronto Argonauts 38 @ Montreal Alouettes 43

Game Details

  • Week 18
  • 71st Game of Regular Season (79th Overall)
  • Sunday, Oct 26, 1997 1:00 PM EST ( )
  • (Local)
  • at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, QC
    • Surface: Fixed Artificial Turf (AstroTurf-like)
    • Attendance: 10,801
    • Capacity: 33,900
  • Broadcaster:
    • CBC

Game Notes

Game Summary

The Toronto Argonauts traveled east to the Big “O” in a possible preview to the Eastern Division showdown. The Als’ came out of the gates strong as QB Tracy Ham hit wide-out Chris Armstrong for a 17-yard TD reception at 5:44. Ham followed that up with his second scoring toss, this time a 35-yard strike to another wide‚Äźout, Millard Coleman at 9:47. K Terry Baker was good on both converts. Toronto’s rookie of the year nominee, SB Derrel Mitchell had the games next score as he hauled in a 17-yard pass from QB Doug Flutie at 12:31 to cut the Montreal lead to 7 after K Mike Vanderjagt’s convert. One minute later, however, Ham and Armstrong combined for their second TD reception of the night from 65 yards out. Baker was good on the convert. With no time remaining in the first quarter Toronto responded as Flutie and Mitchell also hooked up for their second TD of the quarter covering 19 yards on the play. In contrast to the first quarter no TDs were scored but in the second quarter the kickers were kept busy as Vanderjagt nailed FGs from 27 and 22 yards respectively at times of 7:35 and 12:25. Baker chipped in with a 16-yard FG for the Als’ at 14:04. Vanderjagt, however, struck one more FG from 35 yards out with one second left in the half cutting Montreal’s lead to a slim 2-point margin going into the locker rooms at the half. The second half saw the offensive fireworks continue as Toronto’s Most Outstanding Player nominee Doug Flutie called his own number in a 1-yard TD run at 6:13. The Vanderjagt convert gave Toronto their first lead of the game by a 5 point margin. The lead was short lived however, as Baker had a FG attempt sail wide for a single which was followed up by FB Bruno Heppell’s 61-yard fumble recovery TD run from a blocked punt. Baker’s convert was good making the score 33-30 for the home squad entering the final stanza of play. Baker opened the scoring in the 4th quarter just 49 seconds into play with a 31-yard FG that was followed 45-yard missed FG by Vanderjagt. Montreal iced the victory at 13:01 of the quarter as Tracy Ham scooted into the end zone from the 14 yard line to put Montreal ahead by 12 points. Toronto made a late charge after Mitchell caught his third TD pass of the night from Flutie from 3 yards out. Vanderjagt’s convert made the final score from Olympic Stadium, Montreal 43, Toronto 38, ending Toronto’s bid for a club record 16 win season.

Source: Game Review, 1997 CFL Weekly Statistical Package

1996 and 1997 Montreal and Toronto Matchups
1996Week 1TOR 27 @ MTL 24
Week 6MTL 31 @ TOR 40
Division FinalMTL 7 @ TOR 43
1997Week BTOR 40 @ MTL 0
Week 6MTL 8 @ TOR 46
Week 16MTL 21 @ TOR 28
Week 18TOR 38 @ MTL 43
Division FinalMTL 30 @ TOR 37

Alouettes record vs Argonauts (Regular Season)

Last decade (1987 to 1996)
  • at Montreal 1–1–0 (0.500)
  • at Toronto 0–3–0 (0.000)
  • Montreal Total 1–4–0 (0.200)
All-time (through 1997)
  • at Montreal 40–31–2 (0.562)
  • at Toronto 35–39–1 (0.473)
  • Montreal Total 75–70–3 (0.517)

Streaks as of Oct. 26, 1997 (Regular Season)

Alouettes streak at home vs Argonauts
Alouettes streak overall vs Argonauts


1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Argonauts 14 9 7 8 38
Alouettes 21 4 8 10 43

Argonauts coach: Don Matthews (L)
Alouettes coach: Dave Ritchie, II (W)

Argonauts (15-3-0) Next vs Alouettes Nov 09
Alouettes (13-5-0) Next vs Lions Nov 02

Game Time Weather in Montreal, QC

October 26th Hourly Weather Summary for Montreal
Site Local Time Condition Temp. Wind Humidity Pressure
McTavish 1:00 PM Partly Cloudy 4.1°C N (50°) at 6 km/h 55% 102.52 kPa
McTavish 2:00 PM Partly Cloudy 5.3°C N (90°) at 6 km/h 51% 102.48 kPa
McTavish 3:00 PM Partly Cloudy 4.9°C N (10°) at 9 km/h 52% 102.47 kPa
McTavish 4:00 PM Mostly Cloudy 4.2°C N (70°) at 6 km/h 54% 102.48 kPa

Conditions at McTavish (6.26 km away). Weather courtesy of Environment Canada Data.

Data from Dark Sky. Contains supplemental data (Conditions, Pressure, Cloud cover) from Dark Sky estimated conditions.

League Records Set and Approached in TOR @ MTL
Including known plays over 55 yards

ValuePersonRecord Held Span OR


  • CFL (Game score/boxscore)


  • Steve Daniel/CFL


  • Data is verified (Data Complete)