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Huskies Can’t Burst Bisons Bubble

In the heated football rivalry between the Manitoba Bisons and #8 Saskatchewan Huskies, the Bisons prevailed after scoring 28 unanswered points to secure a 38-17 home win during the annual Homecoming Game at Investors Group Field on Saturday, September 24 afternoon in front of 1,846 fans. 

 

With the victory, Manitoba improves to a 2-2 record and now on a two game winning streak while the Huskies fall to 2-2 and suffering a two game losing streak. Both teams are now tied for third in the conference standings at the hallway point of the 2016 season.

 

The game shifted in the second half. The visitors held a 17-13 lead after 30 minutes but the Bisons regrouped and produced the only scoring in the second half with three touchdowns and a short field goal.

 

“All units played well. We imposed our will in the second half and the team stepped up to win it,” stated Bison Football head coach Brian Dobie after the crucial ‘W’. 

 

It was another arsenal display led by Bison quarterback, and CIS/Canada West Offence Player of the Week, Theo Deezar. Deezar continued to produce at a high level for the third straight game as he passed for 254 yards in the second half alone with touchdowns passes of 37 yards (to Shai Ross) and five yards (to Marquise Thompson). For Deezar, this was his fifth 400 yard game in 12 career conference regular season games and the fourth most passing yards in a single game in Bison history with 447.

 

“We knew we had to score touchdowns in the second half,” commented Deezar. “The offence picked it up and it’s hard to describe but we really wanted the win today.”

 

In addition to the strong play by the Bison offence, the offensive lineman held the vaunted Huskies’ defence to no sacks (Sask. led the league with seven going into the contest) and the home side defence had another solid game as the only allowed 99 yards in total offence in the last 30 minutes and 331 overall offence yards.

 

The final score did not reflect the closeness of the game in the first half. After Manitoba marched down on a five play, 89 yard play drive that was capped by a Macho Bockru one yard TD reception. The Huskies scored 17 of the next 20 points. Huskies’ Tyler Chow dove in for a one yard plunge and followed by a 20 yard TD pass from starter QB Kyle Siemens to Ben Getzlaf plus a 19 yard field goal by Sean Stenger. But the Bisons gained some momentum into the dressing room with a quick drive capped by a 30 yard field goal by Brady Mikoluff with 30 seconds left.

 

The Bisons finished with 559 offence yards and led 28-20 in first downs.

Huskie Handbook: Saskatchewan at Manitoba

Saskatchewan (2-1) at Manitoba (1-2)

WHEN: Saturday Sept. 24/16, Noon (SK Time)
WHERE: Investors Group Field
BROADCAST: CJWW
PREGAME: 11am on CJWW
FORECAST:  Cloudy With Sunny Breaks, 30% Chance of Showers. Wind SE 30-45. High 22.

HUSKIES in 2015: 3-5, Road 2-4 – 2016 2-1, Road 1-0
BISONS in 2015: 5-3, Home 2-2 – 2016 1-2, Home 1-1

HEAD to HEAD in 2015:            Sept. 4, 2015 – Manitoba 34 – Saskatchewan 28 (at Saskatoon)
Huskies OFFENSE: Points 3 (89), RUSH 3 (175 YPG), PASS 5 (258 YPG), OVERALL 4 (432 YPG)

The University of Saskatchewan Huskies are putting up admirable numbers in both the passing and rushing games. However, if they could start to produce from the opening kick-off the team could possibly be 3-and-oh. For whatever reason the Dogs offense has started slowly, especially last week against Calgary. If the Dogs can get out of the gates all should be well.

BISONS OFFENSE: Points 2 (94), RUSH 4 (143 YPG), PASS 2 (374.3 YPG), OVERALL 2 (517 YPG)

When looking at the Bison’s offence the words “Run And Gun,” come to mind. This team likes to throw the ball and if Quarterback Theo Deezar finds time he can hurt you. However, with only one returning lineman from a year ago the offensive line has endured some growing pains and inconsistent play.

Huskies DEFENSE: Points T4 (76) Yards Allowed 5 (501 YPD), Pass 5 (348 YPG), Run 3 (153 YPG)

The numbers may not show how much improvement the Huskies defense have made in the last two weeks but they have kept their team in the game the last weeks. For example, with Calgary operating on a short field for much of the opening quarter last week the Dogs surrendered only 10 points.

Huskies Remain In Top 10

Thanks to a second straight near-perfect performance on home turf, theUniversity of Montreal Carabins (3-0) were a unanimous No. 1 selection in this week’s CIS football national rankings, a first in program history.

After receiving 27 of 30 first-place votes last Tuesday, the reigning two-time RSEQ conference champions merited all first-place nods and a perfect 300 points from the Football Reporters of Canada panel to become the first unanimous pick since Laval in 2014 (Oct. 28 poll).

The Calgary Dinos (3-0) and Laval Rouge et Or (2-1) once again complete the Big Three this week after earning 266 and 238 points in the new media poll, respectively.

Rounding out the fourth national rankings of the campaign are the No. 4 Western Mustangs (3-1 / 197 points / up one position), No. 5 Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (3-0 / 178 / up two), No. 6Ottawa Gee-Gees (3-0 / 159 / up two), No. 7 McMaster Marauders (3-1 / 105 / up two), No. 8Saskatchewan Huskies (2-1 / 87 / up two), No. 9 Regina Rams (2-1 / 54 / previously unranked) and No. 10 Carleton Ravens (2-2 / 38 / down six).

Late Dino Drive Dumps Huskies

In a defensive struggle that came down to the final minute, the No. 2 ranked University of Calgary Dinos escaped with a 20-19 win over the No. 10 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies Friday night at Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park.

Niko DiFonte kicked what would be the game-winning field goal from 10-yards out with 40.8 seconds remaining on the clock. The Dinos marched the ball 101 yards on the game-winning drive after starting at their own six-yard line.

The win makes it nine in a row for Calgary over the Huskies with the last Saskatchewan win coming in 2010. The Dinos remain perfect on the season at 3-0, while the Huskies drop to 2-1.

The Huskies had taken the lead 19-16 with a little over seven minutes remaining on a Sean Stenger 20-yard field goal. Kyle Siemens connected with Julan Lynch on a long pass and run to set the Huskies up in the red zone.

“We played our hearts out, we did, we were good all night. We had to make a couple more plays,” said Huskie head coach Brian Towriss. “What we proved tonight, we can play with them. We can play with anybody in this conference. We have five (games) left and they’re going to be five great games.”

Both teams dug their heels in in the third quarter battling back and forth for field position in a scoreless frame. Calgary scored first in the fourth when Quentin Chown found the end zone on a four-yard scamper to move ahead 17-16.

Calgary hit the field running taking a 10-0 first quarter lead. DiFonte hit his first of two field goals in the game before Qunetin Chown punched in his first of two majors on the ground.

The Huskies got on the board in the second quarter with a 13-yard touchdown catch by Chad Braun. Sam Baker got into the end zone for his first CIS touchdown with under a minute to go in the half followed by a Sean Stenger rouge on the subsequent kickoff to give Saskatchewan a 16-10 halftime lead.

GAME DAY: Huskie Handbook: Saskatchewan vs. Calgary

Saskatchewan (2-0) vs. Calgary (2-0)

WHEN: Friday Sept. 16/16, 7pm
WHERE: Griffiths Stadium
BROADCAST: CJWW
PREGAME: 6pm on CJWW LIVE from the Rally Alley
FORECAST:  A Few Clouds, High 25.

HUSKIES in 2015: 3-5, Road 2-4 – 2016 2-0, Home 1-0
DINOS in 2015: 8-0, Road 4-0 – 2016 2-0, Road 1-0

HEAD to HEAD in 2015:            Nov. 7, 2015 – Calgary 37 – Saskatchewan 29 (at Calgary)
Oct. 16, 2015 – Calgary 44 – Saskatchewan 15 (at Saskatoon)
Oct. 3, 2015 – Calgary 59 – Saskatchewan 19 (at Calgary)

Huskies OFFENSE: Points 2 (70), RUSH 2 (204 YPG), PASS 4 (245 YPG), OVERALL 5 (449 YPG)

Ball control and balance are what the University of Saskatchewan Huskies are basing their offensive scheme as you can see from the numbers. However ball control has to equal major scores. Despite a win on the road in week two the Dogs offence continues to sputter in the Red Zone with a touchdown conversion rate of 25%. The Dogs need to get to the Dog House, so to speak, more often.

DINOS OFFENSE: Points 3 (58), RUSH 3 (191.5 YPG), PASS 3 (274.5 YPG), OVERALL 4 (466 YPG)

The Dinos have picked up right where they left off the regular season last week. Despite losing key veterans on the offensive line and at quarterback, Hec Creighton award winner Andrew Buckley, at running back and at receiver the Dinos continue to execute at an extremely high level with a lot of balance.

Another Top Dog In Canada West

Noah Picton’s incredible start to the 2016 Canada West season continues.

The Regina Rams quarterback is the conference offensive player of the week for the second time in as many weeks, as the pivot led the Rams to their first win of the season with a record-setting performance.

Picton tossed for 499 yards and set school records for both completions (40) and attempts (60) in Regina’s 41-38 win over the Manitoba Bisons. The victory was Regina’s first since Nov. 1, 2014.

Through just two weeks, Picton now sits with 980 yards passing and eight passing touchdowns.

On the defensive side of the ball, Saskatchewan’s Spencer Krieger is the player of the week after recording a sack and a fumble recovery in the Huskies’ 29-17 win over the Alberta Golden Bears.

The defensive back helped Saskatchewan by limiting Alberta to 350 yards of total offence, as the Huskies improved to 2-0 on the season.

Winning special team honours this week is Calgary Dino Denzel Radford. The return man electrified more than 7,500 fans at McMahon Stadium in a rematch of last year’s Hardy Cup against UBC.

Radford’s 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the third quarter helped the Dinos to a convincing 35-8 win over the defending national champion Thunderbirds.

Week 3 of the Canada West football season opens this Friday, when the Manitoba Bisons welcome the Alberta Golden Bears to Investors Group Field (7 p.m. CT / Canadawest.tv) and the Huskies host the Dinos in Saskatoon at Griffiths Stadium (7 p.m. SK / Shaw, Access and Canadawest.tv).

Picton and the Rams wrap up the week with a west coast trip to take on UBC on Saturday, Sept. 17 (5 p.m. PT / Canadawest.tv).

OFFENCE: Noah Picton
Regina Rams
Quarterback
3rd-year
Regina, Sask.
Business Administration

Game log: Thursday, Sept. 8 – 40-for-60, 499 yards passing, 4 TD, 0 INT, 21 rushing yards and a rushing TD in 41-38 W vs. Manitoba.

After an incredible performance in a Week 1 loss at Saskatchewan, third-year quarterback Noah Picton managed to outdo himself in Week 2. He put up even more impressive numbers against No. 8-ranked Manitoba, and much more importantly led the Rams to a late come-from-behind win over the Bisons. Picton completed 40 of his 60 pass attempts to set school single-game records in both categories, finishing with a career-high 499 passing yards and matching his career high of four touchdown passes that he set last week.

Picton was brilliant in crunch time, going 11-for-13 for 143 yards in the game’s final five minutes while leading the Rams on two lengthy scoring drives – one he finished off himself with a one-yard plunge, and the other a nine-play, 104-yard drive capped by a 15-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Schienbein that stood as the game-winning score.

Through two weeks, Picton is Canada West’s runaway leader in every passing statistic including completions (69), attempts (101), completion rate (68.3%), passing yards (980), and touchdown passes (8).

DEFENCE: Spencer Krieger
Saskatchewan Huskies
Defensive Back
5th-year
Saskatoon, Sask.
Business

Huskie Handbook: Saskatchewan at Alberta

Saskatchewan (1-0) vs. Alberta (0-1)

WHEN: Friday Sept. 9/16, 7pm
WHERE: Foote Field
BROADCAST: CJWW
PREGAME: 6pm on CJWW
FORECAST:  Partly Cloudy. POP 20%. Wind SW 21 km/h. Temperature 17

HUSKIES in 2015: 3-5, Road 2-4 – 2016 1-0, Road 0-0
BEARS in 2015: 2-6, Home 1-3 – 2016 0-1, Home 0-0

HEAD to HEAD in 2015:            Sept. 11/15 – Bears 38 – Huskies 26

Huskies OFFENSE: Points 1, RUSH 2 (202 Yards), PASS 2 (338 yards), OVERALL 2 (531 YPG)

The Huskie offense seemed to move the ball with ease in week one. The team was able to move the ball on the ground with Tyler Chow racking up 100 yards in the first half alone. Meanwhile, Kyle Siemens was in control throwing for 338 yards and 3 touchdowns. The lone fly in the ointment for the Huskie offence was their red zone production coming away with only two majors in seven trips to the score zone.

BEARS OFFENSE: Points 4, RUSH 1 (312 yards), PASS 6 (197 yards), OVERALL 5

One of the most underrated players outside of the Alberta capital put on a show over the defending Vanier Cup champs in week one. Ed Ilnicki raced for 175 yards on the ground. In front of him his offensive line, that was rebuilding a year ago, seems to have taken a big step forward to power the Alberta offence.

Huskies 2 – Minute Drill – Ben Whiting – What I Did On My Summer Vacation

As part of the Huskies Countdown To Kick-off this season on CJWW we will feature one Huskie athlete in a 2 minute drill of rapid fire questions.

In week one we spoke with Huskies Sophomore Linebacker Ben Whiting. Whiting’s off-season included a trip to China where he would win a gold medal in the World Under 19 Championship. He spoke of the experience as well as what consumed his time so much that he couldn’t get “into” Pokemon Go!

That and more in two frantic two minutes.

To hear all about it

Stenger Gets National Nod

Regina quarterback Noah Picton, Concordia linebacker Samuel Bodrique and Saskatchewan kicker Sean Stenger are the CIS football players of the week for the period ending Sept. 5, 2016.

Picton, a third-year business administration student from Regina, was honoured on offence thanks to his record-setting performance in a 41-39 overtime loss to provincial rival Saskatchewan, last Friday in Saskatoon. Despite the disappointing result in the regular season opener for both teams, the 5-foot-9, 180-pound pivot put up mindboggling numbers, completing 29 of 41 passes for 471 yards, four touchdowns and only one interception, while also accounting for 80 percent of his team’s ground attack with 108 yards on only seven carries. The passing and rushing yard totals were both career highs for Picton, who became only the third quarterback in program history to eclipse 100 rushing yards in a CIS game. His 471 yards through the air are the third-highest single-game total in team annals, while his 579 yards of total offence rank second on the all-time U of R list.

Montreal quarterback Samuel Caron and Carleton running back Jayde Rowe were also up for the award.

Bodrique, a first-year finance student from Ste. Marthe-sur-le-lac, Que., took home the award on defence following his spectacular university debut in a 30-16 road win over McGill, last Friday night. The 6-foot-1, 208-pound freshman was simply dominant in the Stingers’ RSEQ opener as he finished with two interceptions for 93 return yards, one fumble recovery, one pass breakup and five tackles. Bodrique snagged a pass from quarterback Nicolas English in the Concordia end zone in the first quarter, and then returned his second interception 81 yards to the McGill eight-yard line in the second stanza to set up a Stingers touchdown. Early in the fourth quarter, he recovered a loose ball near midfield, a key play that led to the game-winning major on his team’s next series.

Linebackers Frank Renaud of Windsor and DJ Lalama of Manitoba were also nominated.

Stenger, a third-year engineering student from Saskatoon, was the choice on special teams after he recorded the game-tying and game-winning field goals in the Huskies’ 41-39 season-opening OT victory against Regina at Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park.

Stenger Boots His Way To Honour

After a wild double-overtime game that saw a combined 80 points scored, the Regina Rams and Saskatchewan Huskies headline this week’s Canada West football weekly awards.

Regina quarterback Noah Picton is the conference offensive player of the week after becoming just the second player in program history to throw for more than 400 yards, while also rushing for more than 100 in a single game.

On special teams, overtime hero Sean Stenger from Saskatchewan is the player of the week after accounting for 23 of the Huskies’ 41 points, including the game-tying and game-winning field goals.

Defensively, Manitoba’s DJ Lalama is the player of the week after setting a Bisons record for tackles in a game with 14. That total broke Teague Sherman’s record of 13, set back in 2012.

Week 2 of the Canada West football season opens this Thursday, when the Bisons head to Regina to take on the Rams (7 p.m. SK).