The Saskatchewan Roughriders’ 1979 Season

Season Summary

  • Finished 5th in the Western Conference

Saskatchewan Roughriders 1979 Full Schedule/Results

Team Roster and Stats

Saskatchewan Roughriders 1979 Record
GP W L T PTS PF PA Streak L6
Pre-season 4 1 3 0 2 58 106 L3 1-3-0
Regular Season 16 2 14 0 4 194 437 L1 2-4-0
    Home 8 2 6 0 4 121 195 W2 2-4-0
    Visitor 8 0 8 0 0 73 242 L8 0-6-0
   Divisional opponent 12 2 10 0 4 140 361 L1 2-4-0
   Non-divisional opponent 4 0 4 0 0 54 76 L4 0-4-0

Full 1979 League Standings

Saskatchewan Roughriders 1979 Opponent Appearances

Opponent Opp. Win %
Divisional 0.602 2-4-0 (6) 0-6-0 (6)
Non-Divisional 0.492 0-2-0 (2) 0-2-0 (2)
BC Lions (3) 0.594
Calgary Stampeders (3) 0.750
Edmonton Eskimos (3) 0.813
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

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Assistant Coaches
  • Al Ford – Defensive secondary until Dec. 18, 1979
  • Mike Murphy – Front Seven
  • Walt Posadowski – Offensive line until Nov. 5, 1979
  • Laurie Niskanen – Offensive line
  • Tom Campana – Receivers

1979 Saskatchewan Roughriders Attendance

  • Capacity: 27,637
  • Total: 170,144
  • High: 29,012
  • Avg: 21,268 (8 out of 8 games)
  • Diff from 1978 Avg: +827
  • Low: 19,030
  • Sellouts: 1
  • % of Capacity: 76.95
  • Diff from League Avg: -9,829

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Team Scoring

19791978 +/-
Average Combined Score 39.44 9.88 -
Average Winning Score 26.00 0.50 +
Average Losing Score 10.14 7.40 -
Average Home Score 15.13 5.75 -
Average Visitor Score 9.13 11.25 -
Average Margin of Victory 7.50 2.00 -
Average Margin of Loss 18.43 3.25 +

Stadium

  • 1979 home stadium: Taylor Field
  • Capacity: 27,637
  • Playing surface: Fixed Artificial Turf (AstroTurf-like)
  • Previous stadium change: 1979 – Expansion/artificial turf

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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)
Saskatchewan 481765 272350 221436 241943 121 (15.1)73 (9.1)194 (12.1)
Opponent 376198 4091131 5352105 6538103 242 (30.3)195 (24.4)437 (27.3)

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 (1-4-0) 0 (0-0-0) 3 (1-2-0) 3 (0-3-0) 1 (0-1-0) 4 (0-4-0) 8 (1-7-0) 1 (0-1-0) 7 (1-6-0)
After 2nd 4 (1-3-0) 0 (0-0-0) 4 (1-3-0) 0 (0-0-0) 0 (0-0-0) 8 (0-8-0) 4 (1-3-0) 0 (0-0-0) 12 (1-11-0)
After 3rd 4 (2-2-0) 1 (0-1-0) 3 (0-3-0) 2 (0-2-0) 0 (0-0-0) 6 (0-6-0) 6 (2-4-0) 1 (0-1-0) 9 (0-9-0)
After 4th 2 (2-0-0) 0 (0-0-0) 6 (0-6-0) 0 (0-0-0) 0 (0-0-0) 8 (0-8-0) 2 (2-0-0) 0 (0-0-0) 14 (0-14-0)

Saskatchewan Roughriders 1979 Player Awards and Nominations

1979 Most Outstanding
  • Player — Ken McEachern (Team Nominee)
  • Defensive Player — Ken McEachern (Team Nominee)
  • Offensive Lineman — Curtis Wester (Team Nominee)
  • Canadian Player — Ken McEachern (Team Nominee)
  • Rookie — Neil Quilter (Team Nominee)

Saskatchewan Roughriders 1979 Draft Picks

Round–Pick
(Overall)
[Via]Player (Position)College/Program
1–2 (2) Al Chorney (DB) British Columbia (UBC)
1–4 (4) [HAM] Gerry Hornett (OT) Simon Fraser
2–2 (11) Bernard Crump (DB) British Columbia (UBC)
4–2 (29) Joe Sturby (LB) Saskatchewan
5–2 (38) Lyle Bauer (OG) Weber State
6–2 (47) Paul Krepinski (DT) Utah State
7–2 (56) Lorne Groot (DT) Alberta

Saskatchewan Roughriders 1979 All-Star Selections

* – indicates unanimous selection

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Week Game Details (EDT
A 5
Fri. June 15
9:00 PM
SSK 21 @ CGY 18 W 25,455
B 9
Wed. June 20
10:00 PM
MTL 19 @ SSK 7 L 18,349
C 14
Fri. June 29
10:00 PM
EDM 53 @ SSK 20 L 17,460
D 18
Wed. July 4
8:00 PM
SSK 10 @ WPG 16 L 21,501
1 22
Wed. July 11
10:00 PM
BC 28 @ SSK 4 L 19,030 CTVW
2 24
Tue. July 17
9:30 PM
SSK 20 @ EDM 52 L 43,321
3 30
Wed. July 25
10:00 PM
HAM 24 @ SSK 20 L 19,759
4 31
Tue. July 31
11:00 PM
SSK 15 @ BC 24 L 23,308
6 42
Wed. Aug. 15
8:00 PM
SSK 12 @ TOR 21 L 41,251 CTV
7 46
Wed. Aug. 22
10:00 PM
CGY 6 @ SSK 5 L 20,790
8 49
Tue. Aug. 28
9:30 PM
SSK 1 @ WPG 30 L 25,159
9 53
Mon. Sept. 3
4:30 PM
WPG 28 @ SSK 11 L 22,190
10 56
Sun. Sept. 9
4:30 PM
SSK 0 @ EDM 40 L 40,231 CBCW
11 62
Sun. Sept. 16
4:30 PM
CGY 52 @ SSK 10 L 20,021
12 66
Sun. Sept. 23
6:30 PM
SSK 3 @ MTL 11 L 35,240 CTV
14 71
Sun. Oct. 7
4:30 PM
OTT 20 @ SSK 19 L 19,300 CBC
15 78
Sun. Oct. 14
4:30 PM
EDM 25 @ SSK 26 W 20,042
16 82
Sun. Oct. 21
3:30 PM
SSK 14 @ WPG 23 L 23,032 CBCW
17 84
Sun. Oct. 28
3:30 PM
BC 12 @ SSK 26 W 29,012 CTVW
18 89
Sun. Nov. 4
4:30 PM
SSK 8 @ CGY 41 L 30,654 CBC