ROAD TO THE VANIER CUP
Sunday, October 16, 2005 - 12:00PM
After falling to Laurier and McMaster earlier this season, the No. 9-ranked Ottawa Gee-Gees finally claimed the win they were looking for over one of the OUA Big Three on Saturday as they upset the No. 7 Western Ontario Mustangs 27-24 in overtime at Lansdowne Park.
With the point they picked up in the overtime loss the Mustangs (5-1-0-1) still hold sole possession of second place in the OUA standings with one week left in the regular season with 11 points, one more than the third-place Gee-Gees (5-2).
Ottawa's Josh Sacobie threw touchdown passes of 57 and 49 yards on Ottawaâ€™s first two possessions. Sacobie, who leads the CIS with 16 touchdown throws, completed 21-of-39 attempts for 294 yards on the afternoon but was intercepted on four occasions, including three times by all-Canadian receiver Andy Fantuz, who saw action on both sides of the ball all afternoon.
Fantuz, who needed seven receptions to break the CIS career record of 186 set by Laurierâ€™s Stefan Ptaszek from 1990-1994, fell short as he finished with four catches for 72 yards and one major. While his 184 receptions leave him behind Ptaszek and Ottawaâ€™s Chris Evraire, who had 185 from 1994-98, Fantuz does become the first receiver in CIS history to reach the 4000-yard mark in his career. He has 4012.
No. 1 Laval 33, Sherbrooke 3
Laval improved its record to 6-0 in a win over Sherbrooke.
Pierre-Luc Yao rushed for 139 yards and a touchdown, while teammate Nicolas Bisaillon ran for 124 yards. Guillaume Allard-Cameus and Cesar Sanchez each scored a touchdown.
Sherbrooke's Marc-AndrÃ© Tougas was intercepted four times, twice by J.P. Lanthier.
No. 2 Saskatchewan 18, No. 10 Manitoba 17
The Saskatchewan Huskies took an 18-10 lead into the fourth quarter and held on for a hard-fought win over the Manitoba Bisons.
Saskatchewan's David Stevens led the way with 115 rushing yards on 25 carries but was held out of the end zone. Steve Bilan completed only 10-of-21 passes for 116 yards, one touchdown and one interception. His only passing major was a four-yard toss to Scott McHenry with seven seconds left in the opening half that sent the Huskies to the locker room with a 12-10 lead.
Manitoba pivot Ryan Zahara was 18-of-27 for 200 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He reached Blair Atkinson in the end zone from 14 yards out in the second quarter.
No. 3 Wilfrid Laurier 56, York 3
The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks clinched first place in the OUA in a big victory over the York Lions.
Nick Cameron led the attack with 114 rushing yards and one touchdown on 14 carries. Fifth-year quarterback Ryan Pyear had three touchdowns and 121 yards on 10-of-12 passing, including a pair of TD throws to Bryon Hickey. Kicker Brian Devlin was perfect on four field goal attempts.
York pivot Bart Zemanek completed 9-of-22 passes for 143 and two interceptions.
No. 4 Montreal 24, No. 6 Concordia 21
Joseph MrouÃ© ran for 134 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Montreal Carabins to a victory over the Concordia Stingers in the 19th annual Shrine Bowl at Concordia Stadium.
Jonathan Jodoin quarterbacked a Montreal offence that rolled up 319 yards. He completed 11-of-20 passes for 177 yards and one touchdown.
The Stingers totalled 242 yards of offence but just 14 yards rushing. Quarterback Scott Syvret completed 23-of-35 passes for 228 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Fullback Mark Kang caught nine passes for 90 yards.
No. 5 Alberta 20, Calgary 10
Darryl Salmon threw two touchdown passes and Beau Filkowski added a pair of field goals as the Alberta Golden Bears defeated the hometown Dinos.
Salmon completed 13-of-24 attempts for 178 yards and one interception on the day. Jarred Winkel led the Bears ground with 168 yards on 24 carries.
Dinos starting quarterback Charles Guedo was 17-of-25 for 225 yards and one touchdown but was intercepted twice and sacked seven times. Coming in relief, Mike McPherson was also picked off on two occasions and sacked once.
Saint Maryâ€™s 52, No. 8 StFX 26
Billy Robinson Jr. threw a career-high six touchdown passes as the six-time defending AUFC champion Saint Maryâ€™s Huskies evened their season record at 3-3 with a win over the conference-leading StFX X-Men (4-2).
Robinsonâ€™s six touchdowns throws are one short of the school and conference single-game record established in 1973 by his father, Billy Robinson Sr. The Halifax native completed 16-of-27 passing attempts for 335 yards.
Les Mullings, David Swasey and Ron Kelly each caught two TD strikes from Robinson, including one each in the first quarter as the Huskies jumped to an early 21-0 lead. Mulling finished with five receptions for 161 yards.
For StFX, conference-leading rusher Marvin McCooty was held to 37 yards on the ground on 10 carries. Nick Chessa had two TD passes and one rushing major.
McMaster 43, Waterloo 22
The McMaster Marauders exploded for 23 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to run away with a win over the Waterloo Warriors.
Adam Archibald completed 18-of-36 passes for 399 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions in the comeback effort. Jon Behie caught two touchdown passes, while Vaughan Swart led all receivers in the game with eight catches for 166 yards and one major.
Freshman Jordan Kozina added 188 rushing yards and one touchdown on 25 carries for the Marauders who amassed 677 yards of net offence.
Waterloo quarterback Jon Morbey was 15-of-29 for 229 yards and one major.
Acadia 63, Mount Allison 0
Ivan Birungi caught a touchdown pass in a 10th consecutive game to lead the hometown Acadia Axemen to a shutout of the Mount Allison Mounties.
Birungi finished the day with four receptions for 111 yards and a pair of majors. He leads the Atlantic conference with nine receiving majors this season. Mike Gillen rushed 20 times for 136 yards and one major.
Mount Allison quarterback Eric Morris was 7-of 26 for 67 yards, four interceptions, and was sacked three times.
Guelph 22, Windsor 19
Chris McIntyre scored his second touchdown of the afternoon on a six-yard run with just under six minutes left in the game to give the Guelph Gryphons a 22-19 win over the hometown Lancers.
In only his second outing of the season after sitting out with an injury, McIntyre carried the ball 22 times for 104 yards. He also caught two passes for 52 yards, including a 39-yard strike in the end zone from Justin Dunk.
CIS leading rusher Daryl Stephenson had 179 yards including a 50-yard touchdown run on 25 carries for Windsor in the losing effort. The 2004 OUA rookie of the year leads the country with 1,194 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground.
Bishopâ€™s 27, McGill 4
The hometown Bishopâ€™s Gaiters and first-year head coach Leroy Blugh claimed their first win of the season as they defeated the McGill Redmen 27-4.
Freshman Jamall Lee rushed for 222 yards and two touchdowns for Bishopâ€™s.
McGill quarterback Matt Connell was 25-of-42 for 258 yards but threw three interceptions and was sacked seven times.
Queenâ€™s 37, Toronto 0
Freshman Danny Brannagan had 392 yards passing as the hometown Queenâ€™s Golden Gaels blanked the Toronto Varsity Blues.
Brannagan was 14-of-26 with one touchdown and no interception on the day. Brad Smith was his prime target finishing with six catches for 210 yards including a 75-yard major, while Alex Vanags added four receptions for 122 yards.
Marty Gordon broke the 100-yard barrier on the ground, carrying the ball 18 times for 156 yards and one touchdown.
Toronto quarterback Mark Stinson completed 14-of-30 passes for 209 yards and one interception in the losing effort.
UBC 32, Regina 13
The UBC Thunderbirds took a 25-0 lead into the fourth quarter on their way to a win over the hometown Rams.
UBC quarterback Blake Smelser completed 23-of-38 passes for 312 yards and one touchdown but was intercepted three times. Smelser, Alan Pepper and Chris Ciezki, who led all rushers in the game with 80 yards on only nine carries, scored for the T-Birds. Shawn McIsaac added three field goals.
Starting for injured Teale Orban at quarterback for Regina, Campbell Antonini completed only 16-of-46 attempts and was also intercepted on three occasions. He threw for 169 yards and two majors.