British Columbia Lions

Matt Dunigan - Quarterback - 1988-89 - Louisiana State

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After his time in professional baseball with the Montreal Expos, Matt Dunigan was traded from the Edmonton Eskimos to the British Columbia Lions prior to the 1988 season for receiver Jim Sandusky and future considerations (that turned into 5 additional players headed to Edmonton).

 

The Lions had talented players and took off with Dunigan, the most notable being receiver David Williams, who had 1,468 receiving yards and 18 touchdown receptions to be named the League's Most Outstanding Player. Dunigan had great chemistry with Williams and had the finest passing totals of his career 3,776 and 26 touchdowns.

 

The Lions were an offensive power and advanced to the Grey Cup in Ottawa versus Winnipeg. Only a late tipped pass that was intercepted snuffed out the winning drive as Winnipeg won 22-21. The Lions and Dunigan would have to watch the Blue Bombers celebrate having come so close.

 

What should have been a follow-up season to remember quickly devolved as the community run team looked for a private owner. Murray Pezim and stock exchange magnate and self made showman bought the Lions and with it great instability. The team still delivered incredible offensive totals but the defence was porous and the club slipped to 7-11 and last in the West. The instability affected coaching as Larry Donovan was replaced by GM Joe Galat who failed to turn things around. Dunigan contributed 27 touchdown passes and 10 rushing TD's to boot but the team still struggled.

 

In the offseason before the 1990 season Pezim overhauled the entire operation bringing in Joe Kapp as General Manager and luring former New York Jet Mark Gastineau into the fray. Dunigan could see the writing on the wall and sure enough he was traded to Toronto. Kapp had his own ideas for quarterback, 2 former college standouts; 1 Major Harris would show up overweight and not last while the other Doug Flutie would dominate the league like no one before him.

 

Flutie and Dunigan would have many memorable head to head duels and it was Dunigan's departure in B.C. that led to Flutie's arrival.

 

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-- statistics --

 

 

Matt Dunigan        Louisiana Tech
    Passing        
Yr Team Att Cmp Yds Pct. TD Int Lg
1983 Edm 26 14 239 53.8 4 2 54
1984 Edm 412 220 3,273 53.4 21 19 81
1985 Edm 405 242 3,410 59.8 19 22 89
1986 Edm 485 275 3,648 56.7 25 14 68
1987 Edm 326 175 2,823 53.7 21 19 89
1988 BC 471 268 3,776 56.9 26 22 76
1989 BC 597 331 4,509 55.4 27 20 83
1990 Tor 262 144 2,028 55.0 17 14 53
1991 Tor 196 121 2,011 61.7 16 10 87
1992 Wpg 411 205 2,857 49.9 17 15 60
1993 Wpg 600 334 4,682 55.7 36 18 75
1994 Wpg 431 252 3,965 58.5 31 16 88
1995 Bhm 643 362 4,911 56.3 34 16 71
1996 Ham 211 114 1,725 54.0 12 4 51
Total 13 5476 3057 43,857 55.8 306 211 89

 

    Rushing    
Yr Team C Yds Avg Lg TD
1983 Edm 4 23 5.8 20 0
1984 Edm 89 732 8.2 69 9
1985 Edm 113 737 6.5 69 9
1986 Edm 118 594 5.0 24 4
1987 Edm 51 287 5.6 33 4
1988 BC 97 501 5.2 31 6
1989 BC 70 397 5.7 21 10
1990 Tor 48 218 4.5 24 7
1991 Tor 34 190 5.6 14 2
1992 Wpg 42 238 5.7 24 3
1993 Wpg 84 517 6.2 37 11
1994 Wpg 42 226 5.4 28 4
1995 Bhm 38 213 5.6 29 7
1996 Ham 20 158 7.9 22 1
Total 13 850 5,031 5.9 69 77