Season Summary

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 8:00 PM
WPG 12 @ OTT 13 W 18,870  
C
Sun Jun 24 4:30 PM
OTT 30 @ EDM 27 W 41,379  
D
Wed Jul 4 8:00 PM
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 CBCE
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 CBC
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 CTV
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 CTVE, R/C
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
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

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)
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
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
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)
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
3 All-Canadian Selections
TE Tony Gabriel
OLB Ron Foxx
CB Mike Nelms
6 All-Division Selections
TE Tony Gabriel
WR Martin Cox
DT Mike Raines
OLB Ron Foxx
DHB Larry Brune
CB Mike Nelms

* – indicates unanimous selection

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1979 Ottawa Rough Riders Canadian Amateur 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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