Winnipeg Blue Bombers

- 1984 -

11 Wins 4 Losses 1 Tie - 2nd Place West Division

East: W L T F A Avg Att Most Outstanding Player Willard Reaves (Wpg)
Toronto 9 6 1 461 361 32,754 Most Outstanding Canadian Nick Arakgi (Mtl)
Hamilton 6 9 1 353 439 15,884 Most Outstanding Defensive Player James Parker (BC)
Montreal 6 9 1 386 404 17,349 Most Outstanding Lineman John Bonk (Wpg)
Ottawa 4 12 0 354 507 21,720 Most Outstanding Rookie Dwaine Wilson (Mtl)
            Coach of the Year Cal Murphy (Wpg)
West:                
BC 12 3 1 445 281 42,354 Playoffs Mtl 11 @ Ham 17
Winnipeg 11 4 1 523 309 28,321   Edm 20 @ Wpg 55
Edmonton 9 7 0 464 443 40,980   Ham 14 @ Tor 13
Saskatchewan 6 9 1 348 479 24,661   Wpg 31 @ BC 14
Calgary 6 10 0 314 425 22,299 Grey Cup Hamilton 17 Winnipeg 47

 

Tom Clements and the dominant 1984 O-line

 

Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame

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As the wait to sip from the Grey Cup grows to over a second decade, today's long-suffering Blue Bomber fans reflect upon opportunities lost with recent great teams coming up short in their quest for CFL supremacy. History does seem to repeat itself as Bomber fans watched great teams led by Indian Jack Jacobs during the 1950's come up short of Canadian football's Holy Grail. Bud Grant's Bomber teams ended that 15 year drought in style with four Grey Cups in five years in the late 50's and early 60's.

History begat another 22 long year long drought since the Winnipeg Blue Bombers captured that last Grey Cup championship back in 1962. Neither CFL Most Outstanding Player Don Jonas nor fellow MOP Dieter Brock could lead them to the league title. Playing out of the West Division in 1984, the Blue Bombers finished the regular season in second with an 11-4 record to BC's 12-3 tally.

The Bombers mauled quarterback Matt Dunigan's Edmonton Eskimos in the Western semi-final by a score of 55-20. Then it was off to BC Place before 59,425 screaming fans for the third Western Final meeting in as many years between the Lions and the Bombers. In a hard-fought contest that cost Winnipeg its starting quarterback, Tom Clements, the Bombers prevailed by a 31-14 score as they controlled the line of scrimmage. John Hufnagel took over and closed out the game and the Bombers were off to the Grey Cup being held in Edmonton.

The Grey Cup match-up harkened back to that Grant era as the opponents were the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, led by former Bomber quarterback Brock. In the end the Bombers dominated the game winning 47-17 and Clements (ironically, the player the Bombers traded Brock for) was named the game MVP on offense, while linebacker Tyrone Jones was the MVP on defence and running back Sean Kehoe the Outstanding Canadian.

The dream season saw the Bombers place ten players on the 1984 CFL All-Star team; six on offense (QB Clements, RB Willard Reaves, SB Joe Poplawski, C John Bonk, OG Nick Bastaja and OT Chris Walby) and four on defence (LB Jones, LB Aaron Brown and DB's David Shaw and Ken Hailey. At the end of season CFL Awards (formerly the Schenleys), Reaves was named the Most Outstanding Player, Bonk the Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman and Cal Murphy the Coach of the Year. It would mark the eighth time the Winnipeg football club would capture the Grey Cup in franchise history.

 

 

 

1984Team Statistics

 

Quarterback

  Passing           Rushing    
Att Cmp Yds Pct. TD Int Lg C Yds Avg Lg TD
Tom Clements 446 279 3,845 62.5 29 22 86 27 101 3.7 15 1
John Hufnagel 113 60 1,026 53.0 7 7 75 14 76 5.4 18 2

 

Running Back

  Rushing         Receiving  
C Yds Avg Lg TD C Yds Avg Lg TD
Willard Reaves 304 1,733 5.7 68 14 40 407 10.2 27 4
Sean Kehoe 15 54 3.6 20 0 25 202 8.1 25 1

 

Receiver

  Receiving       Punt Return  
C Yds Avg Lg TD No Yds Avg Lg TD
James Murphy 70 1,220 17.4 86 12          
Joe Poplawski 67 998 14.9 62 3          
Jeff Boyd 65 1,106 17.0 79 11          
Rick House 38 494 13.0 30 3          
Dan Huclack 13 118 9.1 19 0 9 25 2.8 12 0
Ken Hailey           50 477 9.5 28 0
                   
            Kick Return  
Kevin Neiles           15 345 23.0 42 0
Ken Hailey           6 145 24.2 43 0

 

Kicker

Conv     Field Goal      
A G % A G % LG Pts
Trevor Kennard 61 61 100 44 26 59 52 152

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Grey Cup

WINNIPEG 47

Hamilton 17

Att 60,081

Hamilton jumped out to an early 14-3 first quarter lead, as Bomber QB Tom Clements was picked off two times by Felix Wright and Mark Streeter. The Bombers' got their initial points on a 25-yard FG by Trevor Kennerd to close out the quarter, then went on to score 27 points in the second quarter. The turning point came 2:26 before halft when Ticat QB Dieter Brock was levelled by Winnipeg LB Tyrone Jones. The ball came loose and NT Stan Mikawos ran 22 yards for a TD that put the Bombers in front 24-17. Willard Reaves scored a pair of TDs on three-yard runs. Winnipeg scored 44 unanswered points, shutting out the Ticats in the final 30 minutes, and won its first Grey Cup since 1962.

 

Winnipeg Stadium

Avg Att: 28,321

 

Week 1 @ Calgary

CALGARY 24

Winnipeg 17

Att 21,812

K J. T. Hay booted three FGs in a 12-point effort to propel Calgary. Hay booted FGs of 31, 33 and 39 yards in a penalty-filled contest, in which the teams had a total of 14 turnovers, eight by the Bombers.

 

Week 2 v. Torotno

WINNIPEG 28

Toronto 26

 Att 25,235

 In all, the Argos were penalized 13 times for 97 yards compared to eight times and 62 yards for Winnipeg. The Bombers won with only 233 yards in offence compared to 452 by Toronto.

 

Week 3 - Bye

 

Week 4 v. BC

WINNIPEG 25

BC 3

Att 31,113

A swarming Winnipeg defense sacked QB Roy Dewalt eight times, while RB Willard Reaves ran roughshod over the Lions' defence, picking up more than 160 yards and scoring one touchdown.

 

Week 5 @ Hamilton

Winnipeg 42

HAMILTON 20

Att 17,301

 

Week 6 @ Edmonton

Winnipeg 22

EDMONTON 21

Att 40,470

DB Donovan Rose intercepted a pass on his own one to cut off an Edmonton drive in the dying moments. The Bombers came back on a 26-yard Trevor Kennard FG with 3:50 left.

 

Week 7 v Montreal

WINNIPEG 45

Montreal 15

  Att 26,716

QB Tom Clements threw three TD passes, and moved into third place in the CFL career passing yardage list. Bomber RB Willard Reaves amassed 114 yards on 22 carries.

 

Week 8 @ Ottawa

Winnipeg 46

OTTAWA 17

Att 23,575

 

Week 9 v Saskatchewan

WINNIPEG 48

Saskatchewan 28

Att 27,213

Winnipeg scored 24 third-quarter points and rolled to their seventh straight win. RB Willard Reaves scored two TDs, as he ran for 124 yards on 18 carries.

 

Week 10 @ Saskatchewan

SASKATCHEWAN 30

Winnipeg 25

Att 25,208

Winnipeg scored 24 third-quarter points and rolled to their seventh straight win. RB Willard Reaves scored two TDs, as he ran for 124 yards on 18 carries.

 

Week 11 v Ottawa

WINNIPEG 65

 Ottawa 25

Att 26,187

Bomber QB Tom Clements completed 18 of 22 passes for 300 yards and five TDs. The Riders gave up 224 yards rushing, a team-record 221 to Willard Reaves, who has 1,079 this season. 

 

Week 12 v Hamilton

WINNIPEG 48

Hamilton 16

Att 32,946

Bomber RB Willard Reaves was held to 24 yards in the first half, but went wild in the second-half, rushing 13 times for 97 yards and four TDs, as the Bombers scored 38 points. 

 

Week 13 @ Montreal

Winnipeg 14

MONTREAL 14

Att 17,854

Gerry Dattilio came off the bench late in the third and helped put 10 points on the board. The tie came on Don Sweet's 20-yard FG with 1:29 to go. Earlier, he had kicked his 300th career FG.

 

Week 14 @ Toronto

TORONTO 31

Winnipeg 19

Att 35,401

Argo QB Joe Barnes completed 24 of 38 passes for 366 yards, while WR Terry Greer caught two TD passes, and Lester Brown caught his 16th major of the season, tying a team record.

 

Week 15 v Calgary 

WINNIPEG 46

Calgary 8

Att 28,025

Bomber QB Tom Clementscompleted 20 of 27 passes for 369 yards as the Bombers scored TDs on their first five possessions. Willard Reaves scored two TDs and ran for for 118 yards.

 

Week 16 Bye

 

Week 17 v Edmonton 

WINNIPEG 30

Edmonton 11

Att 29,135

Bombers RB Willard Reaves ran for 115 yards, and tied two CFL records - his eighth straight 100-yard game this season and the 10th time this season he has rushed for over 100 yards.

 

Week 18 @ BC 

BC 20

Winnipeg 3

Att 59,421

B.C. won the West by forcing six turnovers, including four interceptions, and yielding just seven first downs and 181 yards. They held RB Willard Reaves to 33 yards on 12 carries.

 

Western Semi-Final

Sun Nov 4

WINNIPEG 55

Edmonton 20

Att 27,711

Tom Clements fired four TD passes and ran for a fifth and Willard Reaves rushed for two more to lead the Bombers. Clements completed 24 of 33 passes for 388 yards. Reaves, who led the league with 1,733 yards during the season, rushed 23 times for 133 yards and caught six passes for 83 yards.

 

Western Final

Sun Nov 11

WINNIPEG 31

BC 14

Att 59,421

Cal Murphy became the first Canadian to coach a Grey Cup team since Teddy Morris led the Argos to three straight wins in the 1940s, as Tom Clements threw three TD passes to put Winnipeg in the Grey Cup for the first time in 19 years.