Dogs Look To Lock Play-off Spot

PHOTO COURTESY (Steve Hiscock)


Game Date: Saturday, October 25, 2014, 1:30 p.m.
Game Location: Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park
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The No. 10 University of Saskatchewan Huskies will look to secure a 2014 Canada West football playoff spot and move one step closer to a home playoff date with a win over the University of Alberta Golden Bears Saturday at Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park.


– Saskatchewan (No. 10) is one of three Canada West teams to hold a spot in the CIS Top 10. Calgary (No. 2) and Manitoba (No. 9) join the Huskies in the national rankings.

– With a win on Saturday afternoon, the Huskies can secure one of four playoff spots. To secure a home playoff date, the Huskies must secure a win combined with an Alberta Golden Bears and Manitoba Bisons loss or win both remaining games in the 2014 season.

– Should the Huskies secure a home playoff date, it would be Friday, November 7 at 7 p.m. at Griffiths Stadium.

– Third-year starting quarterback Drew Burko is steadily moving up the Huskies’ all-time career lists in yards, pass completion and touchdowns (see media notes page 8).

– The Huskies will honour eight fifth-year athletes in a pregame ceremony. Athletes using all five years of eligibility with the Huskies include Andrew Abbs, Brad Nehring and Denton Kolodzinski. Athletes using part of their CIS eligibility with the Huskies include Tim Doerksen, Kit Hillis, Mark Ingram, Clayton Sarich and Richard Zacharias.

Since 2002, the Huskies are 17-3 against the Golden Bears. Saskatchewan narrowly won the first meeting between the teams in 2014 in overtime 42-41 in Edmonton on September 13.

Putting up a fight against the No. 2 ranked Calgary Dinos, the Alberta Golden Bears had a strong first quarter and fourth quarter in the game but gave up 40 points in the middle frames.

Alberta combined to outscore the Dinos 27-12 in the first and fourth quarters, but was in turn outscored 40-10 in the second and third quarters. Fifth-year quarterback Curtis Dell completed 20 of 36 passes for 322 yards and two touchdowns, while also rushing three times for 30 yards. Jimmy Ralph hauled in seven catches for 103 yards and a touchdown, while Tylor Henry, the conference’s top receiver last season, finished with six catches for 163 yards and one touchdown. Rookie runningback Levon Hawreliak also plunged into the Calgary end zone, while David Beard, an offensive lineman and long-snapper, also hauled in a TD catch.

Golden Bears linebacker Connor Ralph led all defensive players in tackles, with 11, while defensive back Brandon Foster picked up the game’s only interception.

After a rough start to the second half of the Canada West football season, the Huskies will look to get back on track.

Needing to win the two remaining games on the schedule to be in control of their own playoff fate, the Huskies need to find the offensive rhythm seen earlier in the 2014 season.

Saskatchewan couldn’t find an offensive stride in a 41-8 loss to the Manitoba Bisons on the road. The Huskies lone touchdown in the game was on an 11-yard run by Shane Buchanan at 10:52 in the fourth quarter.

Quarterback Drew Burko had his worst outing of the season going 14-for-27 for 164 yards in the game. Kit Hillis was the leading receiver with 49 yards on two catches, while Buchanan had 30 yards on nine carries.

Richard Zacharias tallied 11 tackles for the Huskies.

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