American Football Database
66th Grey Cup
1234 Total
Edmonton Eskimos 10433 20
Montreal Alouettes 3073 13
Date November 26, 1978
Stadium Exhibition Stadium
Location Toronto
Most Valuable Player Tom Wilkinson
Most Valuable Canadian Angelo Santucci, Edmonton
Referee Don Barker
Attendance 54,695
Network CBC, CTV, SRC

The 66th Grey Cup was played on November 26, 1978 before 54,695 fans at Exhibition Stadium at Toronto. The Edmonton Eskimos won against the Montreal Alouettes with a close 20-13 victory.

Box Score

First Quarter

Edmonton - FG – Dave Cutler 37 yards
Edmonton - TD - Jim Germany 2 yard run (Cutler convert)
Montreal – FG – Don Sweet 32 yards

Second Quarter

Edmonton - Single – Dave Cutler 31 yard missed field goal
Edmonton - FG – Dave Cutler 35 yards

Third Quarter

Edmonton - FG – Dave Cutler 00 yards
Montreal – TD – Joe Barnes 10 yard run (Sweet convert)

Fourth Quarter

Montreal – FG – Don Sweet 31 yards
Edmonton - FG – Dave Cutler 00 yards

Teams 1 Q 2 Q 3 Q 4 Q Final
Edmonton Eskimos 10 4 3 3 20
Montreal Alouettes 3 0 7 3 13


  • This was the first of the Eskimos' record five consecutive Grey Cup victories.
  • The Als had to contend with the Eskimos fearsome defensive line, the "Alberta Crude", made up of Ron Estay, David Boone and Dave Fennell, (known as Dr. Death). Sonny Wade came off the bench for Montreal and almost led the Als to a comeback victory (and probably would have won what would have been his record 4th Grey Cup Most Valuable Player award,) but their final drive stalled at the Eskimos 27 yard line.
  • Following the game, the Grey Cup was damaged after Edmonton Quarterback Tom Wilkinson accidentally dropped the trophy after being bumped by some rowdy fans. Eskimo linebacker Danny Kepley caught it, but he too got knocked and the mug dropped to the turf and broke. “I shouldn’t have dropped the Grey Cup. The Alouettes hit me a lot harder than that,” said Wilkinson. (Quote taken from CFL website.)
  • Edmonton and Montreal have met in 11 Grey Cup clashes. The Eskimos have won in 1954, 1955, 1956, 1975, 1978, 1979, 2003 and 2005's overtime thriller. The Alouettes prevailed in 1974, the Ice Bowl of 1977, and 2002.

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