CFL Playoffs

Stampeders off to Grey Cup

By Ian Busby, Calgary Sun

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VANCOUVER — Kevin Glenn finally gets his shot at winning a Grey Cup.

But the Calgary Stampeders are getting huge plays out of both of their healthy quarterbacks.

Glenn threw three touchdown passes and Bo Levi Mitchell punched in a one-yard rushing TD as the Stamps beat the B.C. Lions 34-29 in Sunday’s West final.

Now the Stampeders head to Rogers Centre for the 100th Grey Cup where they face the hometown Toronto Argonauts.

The last time the Stampeders went to the Grey Cup (2008), they were also facing a team in their home park, but that didn’t stop them from beating the Montreal Alouettes.

This time, they should be installed as favourites thanks to knocking off the defending Grey Cup champs in front of 43,216 spectators at B.C. Place Stadium.

This is the second time Glenn has put a team into the Grey Cup, but it will be his first time playing in the big game.

In the 2007 East final, Glenn gave his team the lead but he suffered a broken arm late and couldn’t play in the big game as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers lost to the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

The Stamps took control late in the third quarter, thanks in large part to backup QB Mitchell.

On a short-yardage formation, Mitchell instead dropped back and tossed deep to Maurice Price, who was then dropped at the one-yard line.

Mitchell stayed in to try and punch the ball in for a touchdown, but he was denied twice. On third-down, the rookie pivot pushed the ball over but his body wasn’t even close.

Lions head coach Mike Benevides tried to challenge as the crowd voiced its disapproval, but all scoring plays are reviewed anyway.

That touchdown put the Stamps up 31-16 and they were cruising.

The Lions did manage to move the ball a little bit, but their drives stalled and they stelled for field goals.

When Rene Paredes hit his second field goal right before the three-minute warning, the Stamps had basically iced it with a 12-point lead.

Travis Lulay threw a TD strike to Nick Moore with 59 seconds left, but Nik Lewis grabbed the onside kick attempt, Jon Cornish rumbled for a first down and the Stamps were home free.

With just a one-point lead at halftime, Glenn came out gunning, tossing up a bomb to Romby Bryant on almost the exact same play that won the West semifinal for the Stamps.

Things couldn’t have started any better for the visitors in this one too.

On the second offensive play, Marquay McDaniel found himself wide open down the middle and Glenn hit him in stride for a 68-yard TD strike.

It was the second-fastest offensive touchdown in playoff history at just 59 seconds, coming in behind the major that D.J. Flick scored against the Stamps in the 2007 West semifinal.

Then the Lions pounced on a long Glenn pass towards the sidelines. Korey Banks stepped into the intended for Jabari Arthur and went 77 yards the other way to put his team on the board.

Glenn responded quickly, putting together a 75-yard drive and hitting Maurice Price with a 29-yard major to answer right back.

The Stamps defence did a great job on Travis Lulay and the Lions offence the rest of the half, although the 2011 CFL most outstanding player did put together some long drives.

Paul McCallum kicked three field goals, including a 41-yarder at the gun, to send the Lions into the locker-room down just 17-16.

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