ROAD TO THE VANIER CUP
Monday, September 12, 2005 - 11:32AM
Playing in front of 19,200 home fans at PEPS Stadium in Quebec City on Sunday, the No. 1 Laval Rouge et Or crushed the McGill Redmen 57-7 to improve to 2-0.
The two-time defending Vanier Cup champions were led by the running back duo of Nicolas Bisaillon and Pierre-Luc Yao, who rushed for a combined 140 yards and four touchdowns. Laval quarterback Benoit Groulx was 16-of-22 passing for 200 yards, while teammate William Leclerc was 10-of-16 for 160 yards and a touchdown.
Saskatchewan 27, Manitoba 21
The No. 2 Saskatchewan Huskies hung on to a road victory against the Manitoba Bisons.
David Stevens rushed for 185 yards and two touchdowns for the visitors, while Steven Bilan completed 14-of-24 passes for 202 yards and a touchdown. Terry Firr had a good game in a losing cause, with 101 receiving yards and a TD.
Wilfrid Laurier 47, Windsor 24
The No. 3 Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks improved to 2-0 with a home win against Windsor.
Nick Cameron and Joel Wright scored three touchdowns each. Cameron had a combined 180 rushing and receiving yards, while Wright had 125 receiving yards. Ryan Pyear was 14-of-22 passing for 216 yards and three TDs.
Alberta 34, Calgary 20
The No. 4 Alberta Golden Bears won their home opener against their provincial rivals. David Bissett rushed for 110 yards on nine carries including two touchdowns for the victors. Teammate Matt Burrows caught three TD passes from Darryl Salmon, who passed for 153 yards.
Saint Maryâ€™s 28, Acadia 26
The No. 5 Saint Maryâ€™s Huskies outlasted the Acadia Axemen in their season opener. Saint Maryâ€™s quarterback Billy Robinson was 22-of-35 passing for 261 yards and three touchdowns, getting intercepted twice. Acadiaâ€™s Chris Judd completed 21-of-32 passes for 303 yards, three TDs and two interceptions.
McMaster 28, Ottawa 18
The No. 6 McMaster Maurauders won their first home game of the season on the strength of Jordan Kozinaâ€™s 193 rushing yards. Teammate Adam Archibald was only 11-of-33 passing for 174 yards, but threw a pair of touchdowns. Ottawaâ€™s Josh Sacobie was 18-of-33 passing for 210 yards and two TDs.
Western Ontario 29, Guelph 10
The No. 7 Western Mustangs downed the Guelph Gryphons in their home opener. Westernâ€™s Michael Faulds threw for 253 yards, with receiver Andy Fantuz responsible for 136 of those yards. Teammate Jay Akindolire rushed for 117 yards and a touchdown.
Montreal 48, Sherbrooke 6
The No. 8 Montreal Carabins rebounded from a season opening loss to Laval to rout Sherbrooke. Montrealâ€™s Joseph MrouÃ© rushed for 138 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Teammate Jonathan Jodoin passed for 156 yards.
Regina 41, UBC 23
Teale Orban was 20-of-32 passing for 372 yards and a touchdown as the Regina Rams upset the No. 9 UBC Thunderbirds. Graham Mosiondz rushed for 161 yards and a touchdown, while Chris Bauman caught six passes for 180 yards and a TD in a winning cause.
Concordia 23, Bishopâ€™s 11
The No. 10 Concordia Stingers, on the strength of Sammy Okproâ€™s seven tackles, defeated Bishopâ€™s at home. Teammate Scott Syvret passed for 135 and ran for 41 yards and two touchdowns.
St. Francis Xavier 72, Mount Allison 0
Mount Allison took one on the chin against the St. Francis Xavier X-Men. Marvin McCooty rushed for 128 yards and two touchdowns, while Bryan Pozzobon caught five passes for 160 yards and a pair of TDs.
Queenâ€™s 40, York 7
The Queenâ€™s Golden Gaels rebounded from a opening loss to defeat York. Quarterback Danny Brannagan was 21-of-31 passing for 341 yards and a pair of TDs. Alex Vanags had 124 receiving yards. Yorkâ€™s star running back Andre Durie suffered a leg injury in defeat.
Waterloo 29, Toronto 27
The Waterloo Warriors held off the Toronto Varsity Blues at home. Waterlooâ€™s Jon Morbey was 24-of-37 passing for 294 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Marc Gaudett rushed for 141 yards and a TD in a losing cause.