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Cobourne wins Grey Cup MVP, Cahoon is Most Valuable Canadian

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The Canadian Press
11/30/2009 12:16:41 AM
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CALGARY -- Avon Cobourne never had any doubt that the Montreal Alouettes would rally to win the Grey Cup on Sunday. Ben Cahoon wondered if his team's comeback was simply destiny.

Either way, the Als are Grey Cup champions for the first time since 2002, and it wouldn't have happened without big performances from their dynamic running back and always reliable slotback.

Each scored a key fourth-quarter touchdown to help push the Als past the Saskatchewan Roughriders 28-27, with Cobourne earning game MVP honours and Cahoon bagging the most valuable Canadian prize.

"I had backup quarterback (Chris Leak) tell me, 'Avon, as long as you're on the field, we had a chance to win.' I believed him," said Cobourne. "I just started spreading the message around."

Added Cahoon: "It must have been destiny. It was a classic game and we believed in ourselves the whole time and made it happen."

Cobourne ran for 85 yards on 16 carries and added six catches for another 64 yards through the air, scoring a touchdown from three yards out at 7:55 of the fourth quarter.

A subsequent two-point conversion cut Saskatchewan's lead to 27-19.

Cahoon -- who made five receptions for 57 yards -- found the end zone from 11 yards out at 13:15 after collecting a pass from Anthony Calvillo.

Although a two-point convert attempt that would have tied the game failed, the stage was set for Damon Duval, who'd boot the winning points with no time left.

"It was just unbelievable that we were able to fight, claw and scratch our way back into the game to have a chance at the end," said Cahoon, who credited Calvillo for turning a broken play into six important points on his touchdown.

"It was just Anthony scrambling and just flipping it out there. It wasn't anything special, but Anthony making a play with his feet and I was wide open."

Both players did their best to play down their role in the victory and pointed to the team effort the comeback required. But after their team endured a poor first half, they helped spark the group.

"I really can't feel the MVP right now. Maybe in a couple years from now, but right now I can't feel it," said Cobourne. "It's just more about us making plays.

"The big guys made the big plays when they had to."

Avon Cobourne (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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