REGINA, Saskatchewan — Kory Sheets ran for a record 197 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Saskatchewan Roughriders over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 45-23, Sunday in the 101st Grey Cup game.
Sheets, who briefly played for the Miami Dolphins and Carolina Panthers, broke the Canadian Football League championship game rushing mark of 169 yards set in 1956 by Edmonton’s Johnny Bright.
Sheets was especially impressive in the first half. The former Purdue star ran for 128 yards and a TD in leading Saskatchewan to a 31-6 advantage, and was picked as the game’s Most Valuable Player.
Darian Durant threw three touchdown passes as Saskatchewan won its fourth Grey Cup and first since 2007. Geroy Simon caught two of the TD tosses.
Luke Tasker (St. Francis), the son of former Buffalo Bill Steve Tasker, had three catches for 52 yards for Hamilton. Former University at Buffalo quarterback Drew Willy is a member of the Roughriders; he did not play in Sunday’s game.
Quarterback Henry Burris ran for an 18-yard TD that helped the Ticats pull within 31-16. Sheets ran 5 yards for a score with just over five minutes remaining to keep Saskatchewan in control.
Sheets and Jock Sanders ran for TDs before Durant, a former North Carolina standout, hit Simon on a 42-yard scoring strike with 1:46 left in the second quarter. Saskatchewan set a Grey Cup record for most first-half points.