WESTERN SEMI-FINALS (Edmonton wins series, 70-28)
Wed Nov 2 - EDMONTON 30, Calgary 7 (16018) - Jackie Parker completed only nine passes, but they were good for 254 yards and a touchdown as the Esks took a dominating points lead in the two-game series. Jim Woodruff paced the Edmonton attack with two TDs. Calgary's only TD, early in the fourth quarter, went to Bill McKenna.
Sat Nov 5 - Edmonton 40, CALGARY 21 (19000) - Calgary's only hope was to score first, but it was 12:50 of the first quarter, before they made its first play for a gain. By that time they trailed 8-0 in the game and 38-7 at the half. Jackie Parker scored one Eskimo TD, Jim Letcavits, Cowboy Woodruff, Jim Shipka and Jo-Bob Smith the others.
WESTERN FINALS (Edmonton wins series, 2 games to 1)
Sat Nov 12 - Winnipeg 22, EDMONTON 16 (17500) - Edmonton rolled early, leading 7-1 after the first quarter. But it was all Winnipeg after that, as they led 15-7 at the half, and won thanks to Leo Lewis' 110 yards rushing. Winnipeg got its victory on TDs by Lewis, Charlie Shepard and Kenny Ploen and three converts by Gerry James.
Mon Nov 14 - Edmonton 10, WINNIPEG 5 (16708) - Two interceptions and a Charlie Shepard fumble led to nine Eskimo points. Carver Shannon slipped on third down deep in Esk territory that cost Winnipeg its last chance. Jackie Parker scored the only TD of the game in the second quarter, romping around the end for 16 yards.
Sat Nov 19 - Edmonton 4, Winnipeg 2 (18600) - Tommy-Joe Coffey, who had just missed a 19-yard FG, put a 15-yarder through, following a fake punt, with 10 seconds left to end the Bombers' three-year title reign. The Bombers had 306 yards rushing compared with Edmonton's 68, but their attack invariably floundered each time.
Sat Nov 5 - OTTAWA 30, Montreal 14 - Joe Kelly scored two Ottawa TDs, both on passes. He took a screen from Ron Lancaster in the 2nd quarter for a 41-yard TD and a 13-yard throw from Russ Jackson in the third. Meanwhile, Montreal QB Sam Etcheverry's painful throwing arm was a well-kept secret prior to the game.
EASTERN FINALS (Ottawa wins series, 54-41)
Sat Nov 12 - OTTAWA 33, Toronto 21 (18385) - Dave Thelen ripped through the Toronto line for 191 yards and two TDs. His scores came in the third after the Argos had taken a 14-12 lead to wipe out a 12-0 first-quarter deficit. Thelen, in his second year with the Riders, carried the ball on 28 of Ottawa's 61 plays, excluding punts.
Sun Nov 20 - Ottawa 21, TORONTO 20 (30529) - Tobin Rote gained 364 yards on 23 completions in 50 attempts, but the Argos fell short when Ottawa DE Jim Reynolds intercepted a pass and ran 65 yards for a third quarter TD. The Riders had seen 12-point lead from the first game disappear before taking the upper hand and the title.