VANCOUVER -– Bo Levi Mitchell not only led his team in his first Grey Cup start to a win, he earned Most Valuable Player honours in the process.
Mitchell completed 25 of 34 passes for 334 yards and an interception. He also completed 10 consecutive passes which ranks third all-time in the Grey Cup record book.
The Katy, Texas native completed 22 of his first 25 passes in the game, for a while flirting with a Grey Cup record for completion percentage.
“We had faith in the quarterback. We had faith in the receivers,” said Stampeders offensive lineman Dan Federkeil.
“We had the faith in the defence.”
While the signal-caller played a huge role in the Stamps’ victory, he said he was happiest for his teammates, all of whom faced plenty of criticism over the team’s past playoff struggles.
“This one’s for the naysayers,” said Mitchell. “This one’s for the guys out there that, all they can talk about is that all we can do is run the ball, or Jon Cornish is the only part of this team.”
“We’ve got so many receivers and our offensive line works so tirelessly – for us to come out here and be able to throw the ball like that, and those guys made so many of those plays on scramble drills . . . and then to make those plays and turn them into big ones – this is for those naysayers that say we couldn’t do it, that say we couldn’t finish.”
Mitchell was absolutely on fire in the first half, showing poise and patience in his first career Grey Cup start. He extended many plays with his legs, allowing receivers extra time to get open and often moving the sticks on second down.
One of his most impressive plays was a pass to Simon Charbonneau-Campeau on a second-and-20 in the first half, moving the sticks and leading to the touchdown that put Calgary ahead 14-0.
In a week that highlighted two of the league’s brightest young star pivots with Collaros also making his first Grey Cup start, Mitchell showed just how high his ceiling really is.
“For those guys that have been here a couple of times and not gotten it and it’s been a while since they’ve gotten it – it’s such a good feeling to know you had a part helping write the right part of their story,” added Mitchell after the win.
“To help the end of their story really mean something. I know this means so much.”