CIS football Friday roundup: Lumbala's big night leads No. 4 Calgary over No. 10 UBC
|Mount Allison||14||No. 9 Saint Mary's||54||Final||Boxscore|
HALIFAX, N.S. - The Saint Mary’s Huskies overcame a very slow start to defeat the Mount Allison Mounties 54-14 in front of an opening daycrowd of 2845. The Huskies’ offence struggled in the first half, scoring only five points and managed a mere 107 total net yards. Saint Mary’s utilized a carousel of quarterbacks in the opening half earning only 68 yards passing while giving up two long interception returns (72 and 64 yards respectively). The latter interception was by Mount Allison defensive back Donovan Saunders.
The second half was an entirely different ball game. The Mounties handed the Huskies the ball in the shadow of their own goal posts after a botched snap on a punt attempt. Craig Leger scored on the next play from scrimmage (a 6 yard run). A minute-forty later SMU scored again to pull ahead for good.
Saint Mary’s kicker Brett Lauther enjoyed an excellent day and was named the player of the game. He averaged 43.6 yards per punt on nine punts. He averaged 60 yards per kick off and was 3 of 5 on field goals (41, 35, and 25 yards).
In inter-conference play, Saint Mary’s (1-0) heads off to play the University of Montreal Carabins (1-0), while the Mount Allison Mounties (0-1) host the Bishop Gaiters (0-1).
Source: Saint Mary's Sports Info
|No. 7 Sherbrooke||39||McGill||13||Final||Boxscore|
MONTREAL - Jeremi Doyon-Roch passed for 362 yards and a pair of
touchdowns as Sherbrooke rallied for a 39-13 victory over McGill in
Quebec university football action before 3,145 at Percival Molson
Stadium, Friday. It marked McGill third largest home-opening crowd
dating back to 1995.
Source: McGill Sports Info
|Regina||10||No. 5 Saskatchewan||33||Final||Boxscore|
Saskatchewan's Brian Towriss ties CIS record with win over Rams
SASKATOON — A schoolyard play delivered first class
results for the University of Saskatchewan Huskies football team
Friday against the Regina Rams.
Attendance was 7,370, the largest crowd ever for a Canada West conference game in Saskatoon.
Janke also scored on a two-yard run. Gilbert-Knorren passed 11 yards to Garrett Bolen for the Huskies' other touchdown. Bolen's TD came in the second quarter after linebacker Tom Lynch partially blocked a punt by Chris Bodnar and Andrew Abbs recovered at the Rams' 27-yard line.
Stephen McDonald had three field goals, from 19, 46 and 37 yards, and three converts for Saskatchewan. Denton Kolodzinski added a 23-yard field goal.
Safety Kirby Kezama scored Regina's touchdown. Kezama recovered a fumble by Janke deep in the Saskatchewan end in the first quarter and waltzed into the end zone. Bodnar had a 35-yard field goal and a convert.
Huskies coach Brian Towriss posted the 169th win of his career in the regular season and playoffs, tying him with former Western Ontario Mustangs coach Larry Haylor for the Canadian Interuniversity Sport record.
The Rams (0-2) are home to the Calgary Dinos next Friday. The Huskies (2-0) are in Winnipeg next Saturday afternoon to play the Manitoba Bisons.
Dylan Hart, who is from Saskatoon, started at quarterback for the Rams in replace of five-year veteran Marc Mueller, who injured his shoulder early in the season opener last week. Hart was 11-of-20 for 79 yards, with three interceptions.
While in high school, Hart led Marion Graham Collegiate to back-to-back city titles in 2008 and 2009 and to the provincial 3A championship when he was in Grade 12.
Hart was injured in the third quarter Friday. Frankie Gray took over as Rams quarterback.
The Rams are laced with Saskatoon connections. Regina assistant coaches Rob Bresciani, Darcy Koch and Blair Thompson all played for the Huskies. As well, seven players on the Rams roster come from the Saskatoon Hilltops of the Prairie Football Conference.
Luke Thiel, Tony Michalchuk, Bryce McCall and Mitch Friesen had interceptions fot the Huskies. Abbs and Charlie Power added fumble recoveries. Kezama and Steve Famulak had fumble recoveries for Regina.
Three touchdowns were called back by penalties Friday, two by Saskatchewan and one by Regina.
Source: Saskatchewan Sports Info
|No. 10 UBC||25||No. 4 Calgary||30||Final||Boxscore|
CALGARY - Steven Lumbala simply couldn't be stopped Friday
The third-year product of St. Francis High School racked up 204 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns, including the game-winner with just 18 seconds left, as the No. 4 Calgary Dinos improved to 2-0 on the season with a 30-25 win over NO. 10 UBC at McMahon Stadium.
After UBC took the lead with just under three minutes remaining, the Dinos marched 85 yards downfield for the winning score – with 80 of those yards coming courtesy Lumbala, much to the delight of the crowd of 4,176 at the University of Calgary's annual KICKOFF homecoming game. It was a fitting end to a night where Calgary's run game completely obliterated the Thunderbirds' defence, gaining 351 yards along the ground.
“Coming in, we knew we needed to run the football – in fact, I think we maybe should have run it even more,” said Dinos head coach Blake Nill, who earned his 75th career victory as a head coach in CIS. “We wanted to keep their offence off the field, and when it came down to it, we were able to move the ball. There's no question – this is an O-line program, and when we needed it most, we were able to just put it in their hands and just run it down.”
The upstart T-Birds certainly did everything they could to pull off their second upset in as many weeks. Quarterback Billy Greene completed 29 of 43 passing attempts for 355 yards and three majors, including a 53-yard bomb to Jordan Grieve for the go-ahead score late in the fourth. Greene also did it all with his legs as well, racking up 102 rushing yards and keeping the Calgary defence off-balance.
Both the Grieve score and Greene's earlier fourth quarter touchdown to Ryan Couper came on third-and-four gamble situations where the UBC offence caught the Dinos defence off guard and went to the air.
“We're a different team with a lot of youth, and they're going to have to go through their growing pains,” said Nill. “Full credit to UBC though – their quarterback is the best in the conference, and he presents a unique challenge.”
In the end, though, it was the Dinos who pulled off their second straight come-from-behind victory to improve to 2-0 on the year.
Eric Dzwilewski threw for 212 yards and one touchdown for the Dinos, finding Chris Dobko eight times for 126 yards. Anthony Woodson added 111 rushing yards and a major, while Jake Harty had the Dinos' other touchdown.
Dave Boyd and Ryan Couper had UBC's other trips to the end zone.
Defensively, the Dinos were led by another standout night from Sam Hurl, who posted 9.5 tackles, while Mike Edem added another eight. Connor Flynn led the UBC defence with 7.5 tackles and a sack, with Adam Konar chipping in six tackles.
On a night that took several strange turns, one of the most significant came late in the second quarter. With the Dinos lined up in punt formation, Johnny Mark's attempt was blocked by UBC's Kareem Ba. Calgary Colts transfer Zach McNeill picked up the ball for Calgary and managed to get away a spectacular punt that sailed more than 50 yards downfield from the point it was kicked. Officially, it went down as a 36-yard punt, but it meant a significant difference in field position for the Dinos as the clock ticked toward the end of the half.
“I think we'll continue to get better each and every week, and hopefully start to peak at the right time,” Nill summed up. “We have to tighten up defensively and on special teams – really, we need to get better at all aspects of the game. But we've managed to pull off two victories, and I think that says a lot about the chemistry and the environment here.”
UBC drops to 1-1 after a tough season-opening two-game road trip and will head home for two straight games against Alberta and Manitoba. Calgary heads to Regina next week to take on the Rams, followed by a visit from the Saskatchewan Huskies Sept. 23. Saskatchewan beat Regina 33-10 in the other Canada West game Friday night.
Source: Calgary Sports Info