Manitoba Bisons football

The Manitoba Bisons football team represents the University of Manitoba in the sport of Canadian football in U Sports. The program was the first of four U Sports football teams to have won back-to-back Vanier Cup championships, having won in 1969 and 1970. In total, the Bisons have won three Vanier Cup national championships and 11 Hardy Trophy conference championships. The Bisons are led by head coach, Brian Dobie, who has been the head coach since 1996.[1]

Manitoba Bisons
Manitoba Bisons logo
First season1920
Athletic directorColeen Dufresne
Head coachBrian Dobie
24th year, 95942  (.503)
Other StaffStan Pierre (DC)
Vaughan Mitchell (OC)
Home StadiumIG Field
Year built2013
Stadium capacity33,234
Stadium surfaceTurf
LocationWinnipeg, Manitoba
LeagueU Sports
ConferenceCWUAA (1964 - present)
All-time record1782214 (.447)
Postseason record 
Vanier Cups3, (1969, 1970, 2007)
Mitchell Bowls1, (2007)
Churchill Bowls3, (1969, 1970, 2001)
Hardy Cups11, (1923, 1924, 1927,
1966, 1968, 1969, 1970,
1973, 2001, 2007, 2014)
Hec Crighton winners0
Current uniform
ColoursBrown and Gold
RivalsSaskatchewan Huskies

Recent Vanier Cup

In 2007, the Bisons' football team won the Vanier Cup as the national champions in Canadian Interuniversity football, the first for the school in 37 years. Pat Gill, the manager, has been the manager for 40 years and was with the team during the 1969 and 1970 Vanier Cup teams. A big factor in the 2007 Vanier Cup was the injury to running back Matt Henry, who suffered and a broken femur in three places and severe muscle damage. However, in the end, kicker and punter Scott Dixon converted on all but one of his field goals and pinned the Saint Mary's Huskies deep several times. Dixon, in his rookie year, is tied for second all-time for most field goals in a game.[2]

Recent season results

200086110.8132791381st in CWDefeated UBC Thunderbirds in semi-final 14-4
Lost to Regina Rams in Hardy Cup 25-22
200187100.875302911st in CWDefeated Calgary Dinos in semi-final 31-10
Defeated Regina Rams in Hardy Cup 23-17
Defeated McMaster Marauders in Churchill Bowl 27-6
Lost to Saint Mary's Huskies in 37th Vanier Cup 42-16
200288001.0002711191st in CWLost to Saskatchewan Huskies in semi-final 37-18
200383500.3751722496th in CWOut of playoffs
200483500.3751912375th in CWOut of playoffs
200584310.5632281723rd in CWLost to Alberta Golden Bears in semi-final 33-24
200688001.0003631431st in CWDefeated Regina Rams in semi-final 44-29
Lost to Saskatchewan Huskies in Hardy Cup 32-15
2007880-1.0002061101st in CWDefeated Calgary Dinos in semi-final 27-5
Defeated Regina Rams in Hardy Cup 48-5
Defeated Western Ontario Mustangs in Mitchell Bowl 52-20
Defeated Saint Mary's Huskies in 43rd Vanier Cup 28-14
2008835-0.3751261605th in CWOut of playoffs
2009[A]725-0.2861642036th in CWOut of playoffs
2010826-0.2501602955th in CWOut of playoffs
2011835-0.3752142185th in CWOut of playoffs
2012844-0.5002823064th in CWLost to Calgary Dinos in semi-final 57-18
2013853-0.6253352742nd in CWDefeated Saskatchewan Huskies in semi-final 37-36
Lost to Calgary Dinos in Hardy Cup 43-28
2014844-0.5002902473rd in CWDefeated Saskatchewan Huskies in semi-final 47-39
Defeated Calgary Dinos in Hardy Cup 27-15
Lost to Montreal Carabins in Uteck Bowl 29-26
2015853-0.6252842533rd in CWLost to UBC Thunderbirds in semi-final 52-10
2016835-0.3752763235th in CWOut of playoffs
2017826-0.2501802896th in CWOut of playoffs
2018835-0.3751952254th in CWLost to Calgary Dinos in semi-final 37-13
2019844-0.5002212424th in CWLost to Calgary Dinos in semi-final 47-46

^ A. Manitoba forfeited two wins for using an ineligible player. Simon Fraser also used an ineligible player in a Manitoba loss, so the game was declared "no contest".

Manitoba Bisons in professional football

As of the end of the 2019 CFL season, 13 former Bisons players are on CFL teams' rosters:


In the 2016 NFL Draft, David Onyemata became the first Bison to be drafted into the NFL, being selected in the 4th round, 120th overall by the New Orleans Saints. As of the 2019 NFL season, he is on the Saints' active roster.[4]


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