|(CFL) Argonauts win 100th Grey Cup
Quarterback Ricky Ray tossed a pair of touchdown passes on Sunday as the Toronto Argonauts defeated the Calgary Stampeders 35-22 to capture the historic 100th Grey Cup.
Ray completed 18-of-30 passes for 231 yards and an interception for the Argonauts, who won their first Grey Cup in eight years, AFP reports.
"This is unbelievable,'' said Ray, a three-time Grey Cup winner. "My teammates and the coaches put so much work into this year. To win 100th Grey Cup in front of your home fans is fantastic.
"It is just great to be part of this team and be one piece of the puzzle.''
Argos running back Chad Kackert carried the ball 20 times for 133 yards and caught eight passes for 62 yards for Toronto at the Rogers Centre stadium.
"I consider myself a wordsmith but I can't explain this,'' said Kackert, who once signed a contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League. "It felt like an hour for that last minute to click down. It has been an unbelievable journey.''
Toronto defeated Edmonton and Montreal to advance to the Canadian football championship game.
Ray, of Happy Camp, California who played college at Sacramento State, said he liked the way the team came together during the playoffs.
"We got hot at the right time and sometimes that is the most important thing,'' Ray said.
Toronto coach Scott Milanovich said he felt lucky to be part of a championship team.
"I am so proud of these guys,'' said Milanovich. "We didn't start fast tonight but it is how you finish and we had a good finish.
"I feel fortunate be a part of this.''
Milanovich is a former quarterback who held the NCAA record for highest career pass completion ratio when he played for the University of Maryland in the early 1990s.
The Grey Cup is one of Canada's largest annual sporting events and was commissioned back in 1909 by the Earl Grey, who was then Canada's governor general.
The Grey Cup is older than the Super Bowl and it was first captured by the University of Toronto Varsity Blues but play was suspended from 1916 to 1918 because of World War I.