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Huskies Blast T-Birds On Blackout Night

The University of Saskatchewan Huskies reasserted themselves as a playoff contender Friday night with a 40-10 win over the No. 10 ranked UBC Thunderbirds.

The Huskies tallied 494 yards of total offense, including 350 through the air while shutting out the reigning Vanier Cup champions in the second half to improve to 3-3 on the season. With the win in the lone meeting between the two schools, Saskatchewan leap frogs UBC (3-3) in the standings and will hold the tiebreaker, if necessary.

“We put ourselves back in the hunt,” said Huskie head coach Brian Towriss. “We still control our own destiny. Full marks to our guys, they played really, really well.”

Kyle Siemens led the charge for the Huskies with 346 yards and three touchdowns through the air. Siemens was good on 24 of his 38 passes on the night. Mitch Hillis was Siemens’ favourite target in his first game back from injury hauling in 10 passes for 175 yards and a pair of scores. Jarvis James rushed for 66-yards and a pair of touchdowns to help the Huskies get out to an early lead.

“He (Mitch) broke the game wide open,” Towriss added about his fourth year receiver Mitch Hills. “His two touchdowns in the third and fourth quarter really broke it open for us, it was great to see.”

Saskatchewan got off to a strong start on a cold and blustery night in Saskatoon where winds were gusting over 60 km/h. The Huskies marched the field on their opening drive that was capped off by a Jarvis James one-yard plunge. The Huskies would lead all the way to the finish.

The T-Birds were able to find their rhythm before the first quarter was out, driving the length of the field before settling for a Greg Hutchins 20-yard field goal.

Saskatchewan answered back in the second quarter with a Sean Stenger field goal and a James eight-yard rushing major to go ahead 17-3.

UBC found the end zone for the first time when Michael O’Connor, who took a big hit on the play, got the ball off just in time to Trivel Pinto for a 20-yard touchdown.

Huskie Handbook: Saskatchewan vs. UBC

Saskatchewan (2-3 – T 4th) vs. UBC Thunderbirds (3-2 3rd)

WHEN: Friday Oct. 14/16, 7pm
WHERE: Griffiths Stadium
BROADCAST: CJWW
PREGAME: 6pm on CJWW
FORECAST:  Partly Cloudy. Wind NW 20-40. Temperature 4-degrees.

HUSKIES in 2015: 3-5, Home 1-3 – 2016 2-3, Home 1-1
THUNDERBIRDS in 2015: 6-2, Road 3-1  – 2016 3-2, Road 1-1

HEAD to HEAD in 2015:            Sept. 25- Saskatchewan 45 – UBC 29 (at Vancouver)
Oct. 23 – UBC 41 – Saskatchewan 36 (at Saskatoon)
Huskies OFFENSE: Points 5 (135) RUSH 3 (154.8 YPG) PASS 5 (245.8 YPG) OVERALL 5 (400.6 YPG)

They say that it’s not how you start but how you finish… Well for the Dogs it could very well be about the start this week. The Huskies have not scored first in a game this season and have been outscored 34-15 in first Quarters. Additionally, starting the second half hasn’t been kind for the Dogs as the Huskies have been outscored 38-12 in third quarters.

T-BIRDS OFFENSE: Points 2 (172) RUSH 5 (134.4 YPG) PASS 3 (338.6 YPG) OVERALL 4 (473.0 YPG)

The Thunderbirds seem to have finally taken flight scoring 115 points in their last two games; wins over Manitoba and Alberta. UBC’s Trivel Pinto is coming off a game for the ages catching 10 passes for 244 yards and 3 TDs a week ago. He will look to feast on a Huskie defense that has been prone to give up the big play.

Huskies DEFENSE: Points 5 (151) Yds Allowed 6 (515.6 YPD), Pass 6 (372.2 YPG), Run 2 (143.4 YPG)

It’s been a case of two steps forward and one step back for the Dogs defense. The Huskies continue to improve on the defensive side of the ball but their penchant to giving up a big play at a bad time has put themselves behind the eight ball.

Rams Buck Huskies At New Mosaic Opener

In the opening game of the Queen City’s new crown jewel, the Regina Rams didn’t disappoint. 

With a Canada West record crowd of 16,500 in attendance to take in the first game at new Mosaic Stadium, the Rams proved yet again their turnaround season is for real, as the home team earned a 37-29 victory over the Saskatchewan Huskies.

Played at the city’s new $278-million football cathedral, Regina’s move from worst to first is showing no signs of slowing down this season, as the No. 4-ranked team in the nation improved to 4-1.

The Huskies, on the other hand, dropped their third consecutive game, falling to 2-3 in the process and out of the conference playoff picture heading into the upcoming bye week.

With Regina continuing to add to the win column, there’s no question something special is brewing for the Rams, who went 0-8 last season, but have since been reinvented by first-year head coach Steve Bryce.

Putting on a show in front of the biggest crowd in conference history made the win that much sweeter for the conference frontrunners. 

“We wanted to kick this building off appropriately with a Rams win and we wanted to attract a really good home crowd and show them what we’re all about. I think we did that,” said Bryce moments after the win.

“I told the guys at halftime that you’re creating memories that you’re going to be telling your grandkids about.” 

Billed the biggest game in program history since the Rams joined Canada West in 1999 – thanks in large part to the historic stadium opening – Regina stayed true to form, putting up the majority of their 454 yards of offence through the air. 

Conference passing leader Noah Picton went 29-of-42 for 370 yards and four touchdowns, including an historic 11-yard TD pass to Ryan Schienbein at the 7:26 mark of the first quarter to post the first points in stadium history.

The catch was just part of a big day for Schienbein, who led all receivers with 189 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

Along with Schienbein, Mitchell Picton played a key role for the Rams and their potent aerial attack.

The hometown slotback hauled in a pair of touchdowns in a span of less than two minutes late in the first half, as Regina took a 24-18 lead into the locker room, following a Sean Stenger field goal for Saskatchewan. 

Offensively for the Huskies, Tyler Chow led the Huskies with 100 all-purpose yards and a pair of touchdowns, including a late major in the fourth quarter that cut the Rams lead to 37-28 and gave the visitors a glimmer of hope. 

Chow’s second major of the day, however, came with just 3:41 to play in the game and proved too little too late, as the closing moments provided some intrigue, but nothing in the way of lead changes. 

Huskie Handbook: Saskatchewan at Regina

PHOTO: Visitor Radio Booth NEW Mosaic Stadium

Saskatchewan (2-2 – T 3rd) at Regina (3-1 T 1st)

WHEN: Saturday Oct. 1/16, 2pm
WHERE: New Mosaic Stadium – Regina
BROADCAST: CJWW
PREGAME: 1pm on CJWW
FORECAST:  Sunny. Wind SE 20. High 22.

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

HEAD to HEAD in 2016:            Sept. 2- Saskatchewan 41 – Regina 39 (2OT) (at Saskatoon)
Huskies OFFENSE: Points 4 (106), RUSH 3 (171.8 YPG), PASS 5 (241 YPG), OVERALL 5 (412.8 YPG)

After a strong start to the season the Huskie offence is being bogged down by mental mistakes; primarily dropped passes. The group will look to rebound against a defense that they had a lot of success against in week one.

RAMS OFFENSE: Points T1 (132), RUSH 6 (101.8 YPG), PASS 1 (428.5 YPG) OVERALL 1 (530.3 YPG)

To say the Rams offence has been rolling all season isn’t much of a stretch. BUT it is how they are doing it that’s a surprise. Most pundits agreed druing the pre-season that the Rams offence would be as good as their running game with Atlee Simon. Nothing’s been further from the truth as Simon has been banged up for most of the season but the aerial attack of the Rams has been the best in the nation. If the Rams get both facets working they are going to be tougher to stop.

Huskies DEFENSE: Points 4 (114) Yds Allowed 5 (516.5 YPD), Pass 6 (372.8 YPG), Run 2 (143.8 YPG)

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.
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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.
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