Huskies Smokin’ UBC Fuming After Blackout!

A lengthy delay after a much-anticipated fireworks show at halftime and a disputed non-fumble were all the talk after the University of Saskatchewan Huskies 31-25 victory over the UBC Thunderbirds, Saturday night at Griffiths Stadium.

High humidity and low winds didn’t allow smoke from the annual black-out night fireworks show to dissipate which delayed the third quarter by more than half-an-hour. Meanwhile on the field the Huskies seemed to have the game in control, however, late in the fourth quarter the Huskies would put the ball on the turf and despite numerous television angles that would suggest that the T-Birds have recovered the ball the ruling on the field was Saskatchewan ball.

Here’s the complete re-cap;

Third-year running back Shane Buchanan rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns to help the No. 7 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies to a 31-25 win over the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds Saturday night at Saskatoon’s Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park.

Buchanan hit the century mark for the first time in the 2014 season on 19 carries. Both touchdowns came in the first half as the Huskies built a 19-7 halftime lead.

Saskatchewan would grow the lead to 29-10 early in the fourth quarter, but UBC battled back with a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns to cut the lead to six. That is as close as the Thunderbirds would come, as the Huskies were able to run out the clock and improve to 4-1 on the season. UBC drops to 1-4 with the loss.

Huskie quarterback Drew Burko completed 19-of-33 passes for 212 yards and one touchdown. The T-Birds were able to intercept Burko twice in the game. John Trumpy was the Huskies leading receiver with 41 yards on three receptions.

Carson Williams finished the game 21-for-40 through the air with 296 yards and a touchdown. Patrick Bull hauled in six passes for a team high 83 yards. Brandon Deschamps carried the ball 16 times, racking up 129 yards on the ground for UBC.

Both teams will enjoy Thanksgiving weekend off before returning to Canada West action the following weekend. Saskatchewan visits Manitoba (2-3) on October 17, while UBC will host Regina (1-4) on October 18.


1st Quarter
UBC looked to hold the Huskies to just a field goal on the game’s opening possession, but an unnecessary roughness penalty kept the Saskatchewan drive alive. On the following play from the 11-yard line Burko would pitch the ball to Shane Buchanan on the quarterback option to score the touchdown at 4:22.

T-Bird quarterback Carson Williams connected on a 43-yard pass to Marcus Davis setting up the visitors inside the Saskatchewan five-yard line. Davis would take a handoff into the end zone on the next play to even the game at 12:54.

2nd Quarter
Buchanan would find the end zone for the second time in the game at 5:12, again taking the option pitch from Burko for an eight-yard score.

After the T-Birds conceded a safety, Denton Kolodzinski split the uprights from 37 yards out at 13:49 to give Saskatchewan a 19-7 halftime lead.

3rd Quarter
A forced fumble by the UBC defense set up the T-Birds with good field position on the Saskatchewan side of half. The turnover led to a 38-yard Quinn van Gylswyk at 7:48.

The Saskatchewan offense got back on track in the second half with a long drive that was capped off by a seven-yard pass from Burko to receiver Brydon Ozmun at 13:11.

4th Quarter
The next Huskie possession ended with Kolodzinski’s second field goal of the night, this time from 16-yards at 1:20.

Marcus Davis broke multiple tackles as he returned the ensuing Saskatchewan kickoff 107 yards for UBC, putting the T-Birds right back in the game at 1:37.

UBC closed the gap to six points with a late touchdown. Carson Williams found Niko Jakobs in the back of the end zone from the three-yard line at 13:35.

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