The Ottawa Rough Riders 1979 Season

Season Summary

Team Roster and Stats

Ottawa Rough Riders 1979 Record
GP W L T PTS PF PA Streak L6
Pre-season 4 2 2 0 4 76 93 L1 2-2-0
Regular Season 16 8 6 2 18 349 315 W1 3-2-1
    Home 8 5 1 2 12 225 155 W2 4-0-2
    Visitor 8 3 5 0 6 124 160 L2 2-4-0
   Divisional opponent 11 5 5 1 11 238 200 W1 2-3-1
   Non-divisional opponent 5 3 1 1 7 111 115 W3 3-1-1

Full 1979 League Standings

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 5 (3-0-2) 0 (0-0-0) 3 (2-1-0) 0 (0-0-0) 4 (1-3-0) 4 (2-2-0) 5 (3-0-2) 4 (1-3-0) 7 (4-3-0)
After 2nd 5 (3-0-2) 0 (0-0-0) 3 (2-1-0) 1 (1-0-0) 0 (0-0-0) 7 (2-5-0) 6 (4-0-2) 0 (0-0-0) 10 (4-6-0)
After 3rd 4 (3-0-1) 1 (0-0-1) 3 (2-1-0) 1 (1-0-0) 1 (1-0-0) 6 (1-5-0) 5 (4-0-1) 2 (1-0-1) 9 (3-6-0)
After 4th 5 (5-0-0) 2 (0-0-2) 1 (0-1-0) 3 (3-0-0) 0 (0-0-0) 5 (0-5-0) 8 (8-0-0) 2 (0-0-2) 6 (0-6-0)
Week Date/Time (EDT Result Attendance TV
A
Tue Jun 12 8:00 PM
OTT 20 @ MTL 36 L 24,920  
B
Mon Jun 18
WPG 12 @ OTT 13 W 18,870  
C
Sun Jun 24
OTT 30 @ EDM 27 W 41,379  
D
Wed Jul 4
TOR 18 @ OTT 13 L 19,450  
Week Date/Time (EDT Result Attendance TV
1
Wed Jul 11 8:00 PM
HAM 19 @ OTT 30 W 21,674 CTVE
3
Tue Jul 24 8:00 PM
OTT 31 @ TOR 2 W 42,160 R/C, CBCE
4
Tue Jul 31 8:00 PM
TOR 18 @ OTT 16 L 27,034 CBC
5
Wed Aug 8 9:30 PM
OTT 17 @ CGY 27 L 32,780 CTV
6
Tue Aug 14 8:00 PM
EDM 24 @ OTT 24 T 27,050  
7
Mon Aug 20 8:00 PM
OTT 14 @ MTL 32 L 51,487  
8
Wed Aug 29 8:00 PM
MTL 29 @ OTT 31 W 31,672 CTVE
9
Mon Sep 3 8:00 PM
OTT 9 @ HAM 16 L 19,246  
10
Sat Sep 8 2:00 PM
HAM 4 @ OTT 44 W 23,589 R/C, CTVE
11
Sat Sep 15 8:00 PM
OTT 22 @ WPG 19 W 25,644 CTV
13
Sun Sep 30 2:00 PM
MTL 29 @ OTT 29 T 32,669 R/C, CBC
14
Sun Oct 7 4:30 PM
OTT 20 @ SSK 19 W 19,300 CBC
15
Sun Oct 14 2:00 PM
BC 26 @ OTT 28 W 25,708 CTVE
16
Sun Oct 21 2:00 PM
OTT 3 @ HAM 21 L 27,211 R/C, CBCE
17
Sat Oct 27 2:00 PM
OTT 8 @ MTL 24 L 47,368 CTVE
18
Sat Nov 3 2:00 PM
TOR 6 @ OTT 23 W 21,490 R/C, CBCE
Week Date/Time (EST Result Attendance TV
P1
Sun Nov 11 2:00 PM
HAM 26 @ OTT 29 W 25,540 CBC
P2
Sat Nov 17 2:00 PM
OTT 6 @ MTL 17 L 35,103 CTV

Ottawa Rough Riders 1979 Opponent Appearances

Opponent Opp. Win %
Divisional 0.483 4-1-1 (6) 1-4-0 (5)
Non-Divisional 0.506 1-0-1 (2) 2-1-0 (3)
Hamilton Tiger-Cats (4) 0.375
Montreal Alouettes (4) 0.719
Toronto Argonauts (3) 0.313
BC Lions (1) 0.594
Calgary Stampeders (1) 0.750
Edmonton Eskimos (1) 0.813
Saskatchewan Roughriders (1) 0.125
Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1) 0.250

Team Scoring

19791978 +/-
Average Combined Score 41.50 +0.50
Average Winning Score 28.63 -0.47
Average Losing Score 11.17 -3.83
Average Home Score 28.13 -2.12
Average Visitor Score 15.50 -3.62
Average Margin of Victory 13.13 -3.33
Average Margin of Loss 11.83 +2.43

Regular Season Scoring Summary by Quarter

1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
HVT HVT HVT HVT H (PPG)V (PPG)T (PPG)
Ottawa 321749 8043123 413576 7229101 225 (28.1)124 (15.5)349 (21.8)
Opponent 334073 404989 343064 484189 160 (20.0)155 (19.4)315 (19.7)

Coaches

Head Coach

Ottawa Rough Riders 1979 Player Awards and Nominations

1979 Most Outstanding
  • Player — Mike Nelms (Team Nominee)
  • Defensive Player — Mike Raines (Team Nominee)
  • Offensive Lineman — Val Belcher (Team Nominee)
  • Canadian Player — Tony Gabriel (Team Nominee)
  • Rookie — Martin Cox (Division Finalist)

Ottawa Rough Riders 1979 All-Star Selections

No Ottawa Rough Riders Canadian or Division All-Star selections in 1979.

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Ottawa Rough Riders 1979 Draft Picks

Round–Pick
(Overall)
[Via]Player (Position)College/Program
1–6 (6)   Carmen Cartteri (LB) Montana
2–6 (15)   Al Dosant (DB) Windsor
4–6 (33)   David Green (FB) Carleton
5–6 (42)   Blaine Shore (WR) Queen's
6–6 (51)   Scott Spurgeon (DB) St. Francis Xavier
7–6 (60)   David Behm (RB) Ottawa

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