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.

T-BIRDS DEFENSE: Points 2 (129) Yds Allowed 2 (449.0 YPG), Pass 1 (267.4 YPG) Run 6 (181.6 YPG)

Catch me if you can could be the mantra for the UBC secondary. Their secondary has been phenomenal despite losing some big names in the off season. However, they know that they have to find a way to stop the run, especially with the Huskies Tyler Chow having a terrific season.

LAUNCHING POINT:

Both teams Friday night will be looking at this game as a take-off point for the rest of their season. For UBC a win in Saskatoon last year propelled them to a Canada West and Vanier Cup Championship, something they will look to do again. Saskatchewan, though, knows if they want to be a part of the post-season conversation they have to get a win at home to have the upper-hand on the T-Birds should the two teams be tied at the end of the season. Thanks to this being the teams only meeting of the campaign.

LAUNCHING POINT Part 2:

Friday night is the annual Blackout night at Griffiths Stadium. In addition to wearing the Huskies wearing their black jerseys fans will be treated to pyrotechnics shows during the pre-game, halftime and post-game.