Not only was this the first Vanier Cup game to be played in Saskatoon, it was also the first Vanier Cup to be played in Western Canada
The Rouge et Or gained a measure of revenge over the Huskies after they defeated them in the previous years' Mitchell Bowl, in Saskatoon, by a score of 29-27. Laval had been vying to become the first CIS team to three-peat as Vanier Cup Champions.
The two teams first met in the 40th Vanier Cup, where Laval won a similar low-scoring affair 7-1.
The Laval victory over Saskatchewan in Saskatoon ended an impressive 16 playoff games streak where a Canada West team won against the visiting team when playing on home turf. The previous victory by a visiting team in Western Canada happened in the 1968 Churchill Bowl, in Winnipeg (Queen's 29 - Manitoba 6).