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Argonauts 47, Roughriders 23

November 17, 1997

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) _ The CFL’s showcase event became a colossal mismatch when the faster and stronger Toronto Argonauts rode roughshod over the Saskatchewan Roughriders 47-23 Sunday in the Grey Cup.

``We played just a solid all-round game,″ said Toronto quarterback Doug Flutie, named the game’s MVP. ``We moved the ball up and down the field and the defense played extremely well.″

The 85th championship game was the most one-sided romp since Winnipeg humbled Edmonton 50-11 seven years earlier in Vancouver.

Toronto became the first team to repeat as champions since the 1982 Edmonton Eskimos as Flutie threw three touchdown passes and scored another himself.

Toronto wide receiver Paul Masotti was named the game’s top Canadian.

The Argos earned their 14th Grey Cup title using a shotgun offense that gave Flutie, the league’s most outstanding player, time and space to spread defenders.

Toronto led 20-9 at halftime and broke the game open with 21 unanswered points in the third quarter, including a Cup record 95-yard kickoff return by Adrion Smith to begin the second half.

The announced crowd of 60,431 was the third largest in Cup history as fans braved freezing temperatures and a chilling wind to watch Flutie confuse the Roughrider defense with a variety of sidearm and shovel passes.

Flutie threw touchdown passes of 14 yards to Derrell Mitchell, 6 yards to Robert Drummond and 5 yards to Mike Clemons. Flutie scrambled 10 yards for his touchdown.

Mike Vanderjagt added four field goals for the Argos, who last year beat Edmonton 43-37 in the Grey Cup at Hamilton.

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