American Football Database
40th Vanier Cup
1234 Total
Laval Rouge et Or 0034 7
Saskatchewan Huskies 1000 1
Date November 27, 2004
Stadium Ivor Wynne Stadium
Location Hamilton
Ted Morris Memorial Trophy Matthew Leblanc, Laval WR/K
Bruce Coulter Award Matthieu Proulx, Laval DB
Attendance 14,227
Network The Score/The Score HD

The 40th Vanier Cup was played on November 27, 2004, at Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton, Ontario, and decided the CIS Football champion for the 2004 season. In the first Vanier Cup to be played outside of Toronto, the Laval Rouge et Or repeated as champions by defeating the Saskatchewan Huskies by a score of 7-1.[1] The turnover-filled game was the lowest scoring Vanier Cup in the game's history.

Game summary

Laval Rouge et Or (7) - FGs Matthew Leblanc (1); singles, Matthew Leblanc, Jeronimo Huerta-Flores (1); safety touch (1).

Saskatchewan Huskies (1) - singles, Brad Ollen (1).

Scoring summary

First Quarter
SSK - Single Ollen (7:04)
Second Quarter
No Scoring
Third Quarter
LAV - FG Leblanc 12 (12:09)
Fourth Quarter
LAV - Single Leblanc missed 16 yard field goal attempt (5:09)
LAV - Team Safety (9:10)
LAV - Single Huerta-Flores (14:26)

Notable game facts

  • Laval Rouge et Or became the fourth school to repeat as champions with the Saint Mary's Huskies accomplishing the feat right before Laval in 2001 and 2002. Most impressive is that Laval did not give a touchdown during those two consecutives national title games.
  • Wide receiver and placekicker Matthew Leblanc was named game MVP after scoring four of the team's seven points, catching three passes for 38 yards and recording one rush for 31 yards. Leblanc was filling in at place-kicking duties after injuries to kicker Rob McCallum (early season) and QB/K Stephan Larosilière (the previous week).
  • Saskatchewan quarterback Steve Bilan completed 11 of 33 pass attempts for 113 yards and five interceptions, two of which went to defensive MVP Matthieu Proulx.
  • The five interceptions by Laval tied a Vanier Cup record. Saskatchewan's Brent Schneider also threw five picks in a 50-40 loss to Western in 1994.
  • It was the first time in history that no touchdown was scored in the Vanier Cup game.


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