Exhibition: Dobko, Dinos all over Bears
Source: Calgary Sports Info / Photo credit: David Moll
LACOMBE, Alta. – The University of Calgary Dinos rode a
solid performance from the first offensive group in the opening
half to cruise to a 49-14 non-conference victory over the Alberta
Golden Bears Saturday night at MEGlobal Athletic Park in Lacombe,
The top offensive group, led by returning national rookie-of-the-year quarterback Eric Dzwilewski, looked impressive in putting together a 38-point first half which featured two touchdowns apiece from running backs Matt Walter and Steven Lumbala along with receiver Chris Dobko.
Dobko had a spectacular night, hauling down eight catches for 149 yards and those two majors, while newcomer Jake Harty racked up 99 yards on four catches in his debut with the Dinos. Along the ground, Walter picked up 76 yards on nine carries.
Dzwilewski completed 11 of 16 passes with one pick and one touchdown before giving way late in the second quarter to pure freshman Andrew Buckley out of Calgary's Rundle College. Poised beyond his years, Buckley completed 9 of 14 passes for 118 yards and a touchdown in just over a quarter's work before fellow freshman Jimmy Underdahl came in for mop-up duty late.
Dinos head coach Blake Nill was suitably impressed with his rookie pivots, especially Buckley.
“That was his first game, and he really was impressive,” said sixth-year head coach Nill. “He is a cerebral quarterback, he makes good decisions, and he doesn't make mistakes.
“Overall, I thought we did a good job across the board tonight. We'll get some guys back next week that we sat out tonight, and we'll be ready to play Manitoba. This is a real positive for us moving into the season.”
Alberta's touchdowns were scored by KK Sonuga on a 53-yard romp to the end zone as well as a Porter Brown catch in the fourth quarter.
In earlier action Saturday, the Dinos and Golden Bears rookies faced off in a controlled scrimmage, featuring modified rules and no kicking. The hour-long affair ended up in a 6-6 tie, with each team scoring one touchdown.
Both teams open the 2011 Canada West regular season next week. The Golden Bears return to the scene of their massive 2010 playoff upset as they take on the Saskatchewan Huskies next Friday night in Saskatoon, while the Dinos head one province further to kick off their season against the Manitoba Bisons in Winnipeg. Kickoff goes at 12 p.m. MT on Saturday, Sept. 3, live on Shaw TV and qr77.com.
Calgary's home opener is set for Friday, Sept. 9 when they host the UBC Thunderbirds at McMahon Stadium.
02:48 CGY - Johnny Mark 37 yd field goal
06:10 CGY - Chris Dobko 3 yd TD pass from Eric Dzwilewski (Johnny Mark kick)
13:12 CGY - Steven Lumbala 6 yd TD run (Johnny Mark kick)
14:42 AB - KK Sonuga 53 yd TD run (Steven McCaffrey kick)
00:25 CGY - Matt Walter 16 yd TD run (Johnny Mark kick)
06:32 CGY - Matt Walter 6 yd TD run (Johnny Mark kick)
11:07 CGY - Steven Lumbala 18 yd TD run (Johnny Mark kick)
03:28 CGY - Chris Dobko 21 yd TD pass from Andrew Buckley (Johnny Mark kick)
02:32 AB - Porter Brown 2 yd TD pass from Curtis Dell (Steven McCaffrey kick)
03:49 CGY - Johnny Mark rouge
11:58 CGY - Johnny Mark 12 yd field goal