The BC Lions’ 1979 Season

Season Summary

BC Lions 1979 Full Schedule/Results

Team Roster and Stats

BC Lions 1979 Record
GP W L T PTS PF PA Streak L6
Pre-season 4 3 1 0 6 61 76 L1 3-1-0
Regular Season 16 9 6 1 19 328 333 L4 2-4-0
    Home 8 5 2 1 11 186 164 L2 3-2-1
    Visitor 8 4 4 0 8 142 169 L3 2-4-0
   Divisional opponent 12 6 5 1 13 221 254 L3 2-4-0
   Non-divisional opponent 4 3 1 0 6 107 79 L1 3-1-0

Full 1979 League Standings

BC Lions 1979 Opponent Appearances

Opponent Opp. Win %
Divisional 0.484 3-2-1 (6) 3-3-0 (6)
Non-Divisional 0.492 2-0-0 (2) 1-1-0 (2)
Calgary Stampeders (3) 0.750
Edmonton Eskimos (3) 0.813
Saskatchewan Roughriders (3) 0.125
Winnipeg Blue Bombers (3) 0.250
Hamilton Tiger-Cats (1) 0.375
Montreal Alouettes (1) 0.719
Ottawa Rough Riders (1) 0.563
Toronto Argonauts (1) 0.313

Coaches

Head Coach
  • Vic Rapp (Jan. 21, 1977 – Nov. 9, 1982)

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1979 BC Lions Attendance

  • Capacity: 30,229
  • Total: 208,544
  • High: 30,137
  • Avg: 26,068 (8 out of 8 games)
  • Diff from 1978 Avg: +824
  • Low: 23,308
  • Sellouts: 0
  • % of Capacity: 86.24
  • Diff from League Avg: -5,029

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Team Scoring

19791978 +/-
Average Combined Score 41.31 0.38 -
Average Winning Score 23.22 4.78 -
Average Losing Score 17.50 0.07 +
Average Home Score 23.25 0.25 +
Average Visitor Score 17.75 4.13 -
Average Margin of Victory 7.56 6.59 -
Average Margin of Loss 12.17 5.31 +

Stadium

  • 1979 home stadium: Empire Stadium
  • Capacity: 30,229
  • Playing surface: Fixed Artificial Turf (AstroTurf-like)
  • Previous stadium change: 1974 – Reduction

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Regular Season Scoring Summary by Quarter

1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
HVT HVT HVT HVT H (PPG)V (PPG)T (PPG)
BC 353671 6931100 473077 354580 186 (23.3)142 (17.8)328 (20.5)
Opponent 402464 453782 343973 4569114 169 (21.1)164 (20.5)333 (20.8)

Lead/Trailed Record by Quarter

Home Visitor Total
Quarter Lead (Record) Tied (Record) Trailed (Record) Lead (Record) Tied (Record) Trailed (Record) Lead (Record) Tied (Record) Trailed (Record)
After 1st 3 (3-0-0) 1 (0-0-1) 4 (2-2-0) 5 (3-2-0) 0 (0-0-0) 3 (1-2-0) 8 (6-2-0) 1 (0-0-1) 7 (3-4-0)
After 2nd 5 (4-1-0) 1 (1-0-0) 2 (0-1-1) 5 (3-2-0) 0 (0-0-0) 3 (1-2-0) 10 (7-3-0) 1 (1-0-0) 5 (1-3-1)
After 3rd 6 (4-2-0) 1 (0-0-1) 1 (1-0-0) 4 (3-1-0) 0 (0-0-0) 4 (1-3-0) 10 (7-3-0) 1 (0-0-1) 5 (2-3-0)
After 4th 5 (5-0-0) 1 (0-0-1) 2 (0-2-0) 4 (4-0-0) 0 (0-0-0) 4 (0-4-0) 9 (9-0-0) 1 (0-0-1) 6 (0-6-0)

BC Lions 1979 Player Awards and Nominations

1979 Most Outstanding
  • Player — John White (Team Nominee)
  • Defensive Player — Glen Jackson (Team Nominee)
  • Offensive Lineman — Al Wilson (Team Nominee)
  • Canadian Player — Lui Passaglia (Team Nominee)
  • Rookie — Joe Paopao (Team Nominee)

BC Lions 1979 Draft Picks

Round–Pick
(Overall)
[Via]Player (Position)College/Program
1–3 (3) Mark Houghton (RB) California-Berkeley
2–3 (12) Chris Curran (DB) Western Ontario
3–2 (20) [SSK] Kevin Aver (DB) St. Francis Xavier
3–3 (21) Murray Watson (DE) Western Ontario
4–3 (30) Torinda Panetta (LB) Carleton
5–3 (39) John MacKay (RB) Simon Fraser
6–3 (48) Barry Muis (WR) British Columbia (UBC)
7–3 (57) Paul Jaffe (LB) Carleton

BC Lions 1979 All-Star Selections

3 All-Canadian Selections
RB Larry Key
C Al Wilson
K Lui Passaglia
5 All-Division Selections
RB Larry Key
TE Harry Holt, III
C Al Wilson
OLB Glen Jackson
K Lui Passaglia

* – indicates unanimous selection

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Week Game Details (EDT
A 3
Tue. June 12
5:30 PM
BC 32 @ EDM 27 W 41,326
B 7
Tue. June 19
HAM 11 @ BC 16 W 17,839
C 11
Tue. June 26
WPG 6 @ BC 12 W 17,155
D 16
Tue. July 3
9:30 PM
BC 1 @ CGY 32 L 26,554
1 22
Wed. July 11
10:00 PM
BC 28 @ SSK 4 W 19,030 CTVW
2 23
Tue. July 17
11:00 PM
MTL 10 @ BC 25 W 23,422 CBC
3 28
Tue. July 24
8:00 PM
BC 19 @ WPG 18 W 24,727 CBCW
4 31
Tue. July 31
11:00 PM
SSK 15 @ BC 24 W 23,308
5 35
Tue. Aug. 7
11:00 PM
EDM 14 @ BC 14 T 30,137
6 41
Wed. Aug. 15
9:30 PM
BC 10 @ CGY 22 L 34,825
7 45
Tue. Aug. 21
8:00 PM
BC 22 @ HAM 16 W 18,420 CBC
8 47
Tue. Aug. 28
11:00 PM
CGY 17 @ BC 18 W 30,018
10 58
Sun. Sept. 9
4:30 PM
BC 17 @ WPG 15 W 27,203
11 60
Sun. Sept. 16
4:30 PM
BC 8 @ EDM 40 L 42,776 CBCW
12 63
Sat. Sept. 22
11:00 PM
TOR 25 @ BC 34 W 25,819 CTV
13 67
Sat. Sept. 29
11:00 PM
WPG 21 @ BC 22 W 23,964 CTVW
15 77
Sun. Oct. 14
2:00 PM
BC 26 @ OTT 28 L 25,708 CTVE
16 79
Sat. Oct. 20
11:00 PM
CGY 37 @ BC 32 L 25,301 CTVW
17 84
Sun. Oct. 28
3:30 PM
BC 12 @ SSK 26 L 29,012 CTVW
18 87
Sat. Nov. 3
11:00 PM
EDM 25 @ BC 17 L 26,575 CTV
P1 91
Sat. Nov. 10
4:00 PM
BC 2 @ CGY 37 L 31,424 CTV