Winnipegger caps Grey Cup dream

B.C. Lions Andrew Harris celebrates with the game's most valuable Canadian player award after the...

B.C. Lions Andrew Harris celebrates with the game's most valuable Canadian player award after the B.C. Lions beat the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 34 to 23 to win the CFL's 99th Grey Cup game at BC Place in Vancouver on November 27, 2011. (Al Charest/QMI Agency)

TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:27 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- The longest Grey Cup drought remains for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, but maybe Andrew Harris will bring Earl Grey's ancient trophy home for a visit.

The Winnipeg native, who rushed for 65 yards on 10 carries and scored a 19-yard first-quarter touchdown to send the B.C. Lions on their way to a 34-23 win over the Bombers, will also be able to bring home the award as top Canadian in the game.

"Growing up, you are always dreaming of being in Grey Cups and to win the Grey Cup and win this award playing against my home town, it's awesome," said Harris.

Harris, who spent two years on the Lions' practice roster before signing his first contract in 2009, had a breakout season with 458 yards and one touchdown. But it was in the post-season where he had his biggest impact, scoring two touchdowns in the Western final, with 41 yards on the ground and 29 in the air.

"I didn't know what to expect when I started the year," said Harris. "It's just so exciting to be a Grey Cup winner. This is amazing."

Lulay, in a game where there was no clear-cut Grey Cup MVP most of the way, completed 21 of 37 yards for 320 yards and two touchdown passes against no interceptions.

The league's most outstanding player and all-star quarterback said it's been hard having everything that has happened to him sink in, much less what happened to him this day.

"This is unbelievable. You saw how much black and orange there was out there. This opportunity doesn't come along very often. It's pretty special to take advantage.

"As for the MVP award, that's just icing on the cake. I'm so happy for the guys, so happy for the team. It really hasn't sunk in right now. It's just incredible."

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