The Ottawa Rough Riders’ 1979 Season

Season Summary

Ottawa Rough Riders 1979 Full Schedule/Results

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

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

Coaches

Head Coach

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1979 Ottawa Rough Riders Attendance

  • Capacity: 34,972
  • Total: 210,886
  • High: 32,669
  • Avg: 26,360 (8 out of 8 games)
  • Diff from 1978 Avg: -1,696
  • Low: 21,490
  • Sellouts: 0
  • % of Capacity: 75.38
  • Diff from League Avg: -4,736

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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 2.13 -
Average Visitor Score 15.50 3.63 -
Average Margin of Victory 13.13 3.33 -
Average Margin of Loss 11.83 2.43 +

Stadium

  • 1979 home stadium: Lansdowne Park
  • Capacity: 34,972
  • Playing surface: Natural Grass
  • Previous stadium change: 1975 – Expansion

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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)
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)

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)

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 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

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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Week Game Details (EDT
A 2
Tue. June 12
8:00 PM
OTT 20 @ MTL 36 L 24,920
B 6
Mon. June 18
WPG 12 @ OTT 13 W 18,870
C 10
Sun. June 24
OTT 30 @ EDM 27 W 41,379
D 17
Wed. July 4
TOR 18 @ OTT 13 L 19,450
1 21
Wed. July 11
8:00 PM
HAM 19 @ OTT 30 W 21,674 CTVE
3 27
Tue. July 24
8:00 PM
OTT 31 @ TOR 2 W 42,160 R/C, CBCE
4 33
Tue. July 31
8:00 PM
TOR 18 @ OTT 16 L 27,034 CBC
5 37
Wed. Aug. 8
9:30 PM
OTT 17 @ CGY 27 L 32,780 CTV
6 39
Tue. Aug. 14
8:00 PM
EDM 24 @ OTT 24 T 27,050
7 43
Mon. Aug. 20
8:00 PM
OTT 14 @ MTL 32 L 51,487
8 50
Wed. Aug. 29
8:00 PM
MTL 29 @ OTT 31 W 31,672 CTVE
9 52
Mon. Sept. 3
8:00 PM
OTT 9 @ HAM 16 L 19,246
10 55
Sat. Sept. 8
2:00 PM
HAM 4 @ OTT 44 W 23,589 R/C, CTVE
11 59
Sat. Sept. 15
8:00 PM
OTT 22 @ WPG 19 W 25,644 CTV
13 70
Sun. Sept. 30
2:00 PM
MTL 29 @ OTT 29 T 32,669 R/C, CBC
14 71
Sun. Oct. 7
4:30 PM
OTT 20 @ SSK 19 W 19,300 CBC
15 77
Sun. Oct. 14
2:00 PM
BC 26 @ OTT 28 W 25,708 CTVE
16 81
Sun. Oct. 21
2:00 PM
OTT 3 @ HAM 21 L 27,211 R/C, CBCE
17 83
Sat. Oct. 27
2:00 PM
OTT 8 @ MTL 24 L 47,368 CTVE
18 88
Sat. Nov. 3
2:00 PM
TOR 6 @ OTT 23 W 21,490 R/C, CBCE
P1 92
Sun. Nov. 11
2:00 PM
HAM 26 @ OTT 29 W 25,540 CBC
P2 93
Sat. Nov. 17
2:00 PM
OTT 6 @ MTL 17 L 35,103 CTV