Huskies Set To Battle Bisons In Post-Season


Game Date: Friday, November 7, 7 p.m.
Game Location: Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park
Live TV Broadcast: Shaw
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For the third time in 2014, the No. 8 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies will battle with the University of Manitoba Bisons, this time as the beginning stop on the road to the 50th Vanier Cup.

Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park on Friday. The game can be watched live on Shaw Cable.

This is the first time since 2010, the Huskies have hosted a playoff game at Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park.
It is the 14th straight year Saskatchewan has been in the Canada West postseason.
The Bisons-Huskies have met six times in the playoffs – 2013, 2006, 2002, 1999, 1991 and 1973. Saskatchewan is 4-2 in the games with the losses coming 21-8 in Winnipeg in 1973 and 37-36 last season in Winnipeg.
Dating back to the 2006 Vanier Cup in Saskatoon, the Huskies are 1-8 in playoffs. The lone win came against the Regina Rams in the 2009 semifinal at Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park.
The winner of the game will face either the Calgary Dinos or Regina Rams, who are battling in the other Canada West semifinal Saturday in Calgary, next week in the Hardy Cup.
Saskatchewan (No. 8) is one of two Canada West teams to hold a spot in the CIS Top 10. Calgary (No. 4) joins the Huskies in the final national rankings.
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). His season also landed him on the all-time single season lists in yards, pass completion and touchdowns (see media notes page 7).

Including playoffs, the Huskies are 13-14 against Manitoba since 1999. Saskatchewan won the first meeting between the two teams, 44-24, to open the season in Saskatoon, before Manitoba won the second meeting 41-8 in Winnipeg on October 17.

After a 56-51 loss to Regina in Week 7, the Bisons finished the 2014 season with a 50-31 win over the Canada West-leading Calgary Dinos.

Bisons pivot Jordan Yantz completed 111-of-197 passes for 1,619 yards in 2014 before getting hurt in Week 6 against the Huskies. His replacement Theop Deezar has gone 44-for-84 with 782 yards and eight touchdowns in his limited play.

The Bisons offence has spread the ball around with six receivers with 200 or more yards including Nic Demski with 589 yards and five touchdowns and Kienan Lafrance with 785 rushing yards and 259 yards through the air. He has a combined 12 touchdowns.

DJ Lalama, Jayden McKoy and Tremaine Apperley led Manitoba in tackles through the regular season with 52.5, 40 and 33 respectively.

Saskatchewan finished the regular season with a 38-18 win over the UBC Thunderbirds.

Third-year quarterback Drew Burko continued on his steady pace completing 20-of-37 passes for 291 yards with three touchdowns. Five different Huskies tallied majors in the game including rookie running back Tyler Chow. Chow tallied 104 yards on 15 carries in the game.

Burko’s offence scored a conference-best 22 touchdowns in 2014, while he averaged 282 yards per game with a 60.5% completion percentage. Spreading the ball around, four receivers had 300 or more yards in the season including Kit Hillis with 470 and John Trumpy with 495.

Once again the Huskies’ defence forced their opposition to make mistakes. The Huskies snared two interceptions to make its season tally a Canada West-leading 15. Safety Mark Ingram leads the team with six on the season, and added a Canada West third-best 48.5 tackles. He has been named Canada West defensive player of the week three times in 2014.

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