David Ridgway kicked a 35-yard field goal with two seconds left to give the determined Saskatchewan Roughriders a 43-40 victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in a wild Grey Cup shootout Sunday night at the SkyDome.
The Roughriders won their first CFL title in 23 years after trailing by 12 points three times in the first half.
The near-sellout crowd of 54,088--many dressed in Roughrider green--roared its approval as Saskatchewan showed true grit behind the accurate passing of former University of Mississippi quarterback Kent Austin.
Austin threw three touchdown passes and threw for more than 450 yards to lead the comeback.
The winning field goal, Ridgway's fourth of the game, came after the Roughriders drove from their 36-yard line to the Hamilton 26 in the last minute of the game.
Ridgway accounted for 16 points, punter Terry Baker added a single and the Roughriders also had a safety.
Hamilton had tied the score with 44 seconds left when quarterback Mike Kerrigan of Northwestern threw a nine-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Tony Champion, the former Tennessee Martin star.
The 83 total points set a Grey Cup record. The previous high was 77 in 1956 when the Edmonton Eskimos beat the Montreal Alouettes 50-27.