ROAD TO THE VANIER CUP
Monday, October 3, 2005 - 11:37AM
The No. 1-ranked Laval Rouge et Or handed No. 8 Concordia its first loss of the season in a 43-20 decision.
Laval quarterback Benoit Groulx was 24-of-35 passing for 358 yards and four touchdowns. J.F. Romeo made six receptions for 108 yards and three touchdowns. Duane John caught four passes for 81 yards and a TD.
Concordia pivot Scott Syvret completed 12-of-25 passes for 169 yards and a touchdown. Julius Adjei and Otis Armstrong both caught TD passes.
No. 2 Saskatchewan 49, Simon Fraser 6
The Saskatchewan Huskies racked up 729 yards of offence on their way to a rout over the Simon Fraser Clan.
The Huskies gained 471 yards through the air with starting quarterback Steve Bilan completing 18-of-25 attempts for 404 yards and three touchdowns. His favourite targets were Scott McHenry, who finished with seven catches for 184 yards and one score, and Karl Phillips, who had three receptions for 123 yards and two majors.
David Stevens took care of the ground attack with 163 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries.
No. 3 Laurier 49, Waterloo 4
The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks jumped to a 27-3 lead after the first quarter en route to a domination of cross-town rivals, the Waterloo Warriors.
Hawks quarterback Ryan Pyear, who went 8-of-13 for 127 yards on the afternoon, threw two touchdown passes in the opening quarter and scored himself on a six-yard run. He connected with Andrew Baechler in the end zone from 48 yards out, and with Andrew Agro on 11 yards.
Nick Cameron took care of the running attack with 125 yards and one touchdown on 14 carries.
No. 4 Alberta 24, No. 7 Manitoba 14
Beau Filkowski kicked three field goals in the fourth quarter as the Alberta Golden Bears knocked off the Manitoba Bisons.
Alberta running back Jarred Winkel, starting his first game of the season after a long knee rehab, finished with 19 carries for 151 yards. Darryl Salmon threw 28 passes, completing 17 for 236 yards and one major.
Bishop's quarterback Ryan Zahara completed 19-of-38 passes for 216 yards with one interception and one score, but also fumbled four times. Bisons back Darwin Thompson ran for 117 yards on 21 carries.
No. 5 Montreal 22, Bishopâ€™s 13
The Montreal Carabins got all they could handle from the winless Bishopâ€™s Gaiters but held on for a win in front of 4,038 fans at CEPSUM Stadium.
Montreal carried the ball 45 times for 293 yards on the afternoon, as quarterback Jonathan Jodoin was held to 50 yards through the air on 5-for-14 passing.
Joseph Mroue was the leading rusher in the game with 183 yards on 28 carries, while Karl-Farah Lajoie scored Montrealâ€™s only touchdown on a 48-yard run in the second quarter.
Freshman Jamall Lee scored Bishopâ€™s sole major on a two-yard run in the second quarter, and finished with 72 yards on 24 carries. Joel Lefebvre completed eight of 23 passes for 136 yards and two interceptions.
No. 6 Western Ontario 62, York 10
Western running back Randy McAuley ran for 102 yards on 15 carries and picked up another 51 yards on two catches.
Wide receiver Andy Fantuz, the all-time CIS receiving yards and TD receptions leader, caught another two passes from quarterback Mark Howard for scores and posted 123 yards receiving on six receptions. Howard finished the day with 232 yards passing, completing 12-of-18 attempts and helped his own cause by scoring a touchdown on a one-yard run.
York quarterback Bart Zemanek was 20-of-34 passing for 216 yards and a touchdown.
No. 9 McMaster 43, Queenâ€™s 24
Jon Behie threw three touchdown passes and added a four-yard touchdown run to lead the McMaster Marauders past the visiting Queenâ€™s Golden Gaels.
Behie completed 17-of-27 passes for 289 yards. His favourite receiver was Vaughan Swart, who grabbed seven balls for 158 yards and one major.
Jordan Kozina led the rushing attack for the Marauders with 150 yards and one touchdown on 19 carries.
Golden Gaels rookie quarterback Danny Brannagan had a rough day, going 8-for-18 for only 65 yards, one touchdown and a pair of interceptions. He was also sacked three times. Marty Gordon rushed 15 times for 123 yards.
No. 10 StFX 29, Mount Allison 0
Nick Chessa threw three touchdown passes and scored himself on a two-yard run to lead the StFX X-Men to a shutout victory over the visiting Mount Allison Mounties.
Chessa completed 14-of-27 passes for 183 yards on the day. He found Jeremy Marchand, Bryan Pozzonbon and Raymon Nattress in the end zone.
Despite suffering their fourth loss in as many outings, including three by shutout, the Mounties supplied impressive defence against StFX intercepting Chessa three times and forcing four fumbles.
Acadia 28, Saint Maryâ€™s 21, OT
The Acadia Axemen, who let a 26-7 fourth-quarter lead slip away and dropped a 28-26 decision to Saint Maryâ€™s in the season opener, overcame nine turnovers and the loss of starting quarterback Chris Judd after their first offensive series to come away with a win in triple-overtime on Saturday.
Freshman Matt Carter was the hero of the day catching a 35-yard touchdown pass from fellow rookie James Michener on Acadiaâ€™s third drive of the shootout session. Carter had a monstrous outing with 10 catches for 167 yards and two touchdowns.
Ottawa 55, Windsor 12
Josh Sacobie threw three touchdown passes and found the end zone on a one-yard run as the hometown Gee-Gees ran away with a win over the Windsor Lancers.
Sacobie completed 14-of-25 attempts for 218 yards on the day, and was intercepted once. Adam Nicolson was his prime target, finishing with eight catches for 149 yards and two scores.
The Gee-Gees defence held CIS leading rusher Daryl Stephenson to 90 yards and one touchdown on 25 carries. Stephenson, who scored five times a week ago against Toronto, led the nation coming into the weekend with 667 rushing yards.
Sherbrooke 42, McGill 34
Quarterback Marc-Andre Tougas ran for three touchdowns, all on one-yard plunges, to lead the Sherbrooke Vert & Or past the McGill Redmen.
Tougas, who completed 10-of-22 passes for 154 yards and one interception on the afternoon, scored his third touchdown in the final minute of the contest to put the game out of reach, at 42-28.
The Vert & Or ground attack was the difference in the game, with Alain Dorval tallying 168 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries, and Diego Ratelle adding 110 yards on 15 carries.
Redmen quarterback Matt Connell put up a solid effort in the losing cause but was hurt by four interceptions. Connell was 27-of-48 for 449 yards and three touchdowns, establishing McGill single-game records for most passing yards and attempts, and tying the school mark for most completions.
Guelph 58, Toronto 30
Quarterback Justin Dunk completed 16-of-23 passes for 280 yards and three touchdowns in Guelph's victory over Toronto.
Jeff Keegan caught eight passes for 195 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Brad Crawford rushed for 122 yards and a TD.
Toronto's Mark Stinson was 15-of-30 passing for 230 yards and a pair of majors. Stinson's favourite target was Cory Kennedy who caught six passes for 108 yards and a pair of TDs. Marc Gaudett rushed for 172 yards and reached the end zone two times.
UBC 43, Calgary 4
The UBC Thunderbirds scored 24 unanswered points in the first quarter en route to their first victory of the season.
Chris Ciezki carried the ball 16 times for 149 yards and two touchdowns for UBC, including a 66-yard scamper to the end zone in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Blake Smelser completed 16-of-37 passes for 271 yards and one touchdown, and also scored himself on a two-yard run.