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Game Review: Bisons 26, Huskies 16

I don’t know what it is about playing at University Stadium in Winnipeg that brings the worst out in the Huskies. I’m glad I’ll never have to see it again.

The Huskies stumbled their way to a loss, giving up a twelve point lead and losing their discipline when it mattered most. After jumping out to a quick lead, thanks to a sack and fumble recovery that led to a long David Rybinski touchdown return, the Huskies started to unravel in stages.

The offence had their problems in the first half, with balls overthrown, runs stuffed and receivers dropping passes. When they did get something positive going and drove deep into Bison territory, a dropped pass that would have set them up in at least a first-and-goal situation limited them to settling for a Denton Kolodzinski field goal, going up 12-0 at the end of the first quarter.

The Bisons would claw and chip away at that lead, with two kick singles coming after the Huskie offence was unable to finish off promising drives early in the second quarter. The Bisons offence started coming on late in the half, with Khaleal Williams having enough time to find his receivers crossing the middle, open enough to pick up seven to eight yard gains, if not pick up the first down. The Huskies defence held the Bisons in scoring range, and Manitoba settled for a field goal shortly before the half, a half that saw the Bisons take a couple bad penalties that sustained a Huskie drive.

Coming in trailing 12-5, the Bisons took the momentum they had before halftime and built on it, taking bad field position and driving deep into the heart of the Huskie defence. Starting in the shadow of their own goalposts, the Bisons drove down methodically, picking apart the Huskies secondary and wearing down the front seven, with Tyson Takasaki finishing off the 11 play, 90 yard drive with a 15 yard touchdown catch from Williams. With the score 12-12, the Huskies put together a six-play, 56 yard drive of their own, highlighted by a 42-yard Trent Peterson pass to Rory Kohlert. Unable to finish off the drive, once again, they settled for a 17-yard field goal from Kolodzinski. A rouge on a punt from Kolodzinski late in the third quarter made the score 16-12 heading into the fourth quarter, a quarter where they would fight a stiff breeze, along with themselves.

To this point, it was still anyone’s ballgame. The fourth quarter would see the Huskies completely unravel, with the opening, wind-aided punt being fumbled in the endzone and alertly picked up by veteran Grayson Wells of the Bisons, leading to the first Manitoba lead of the game, 19-16. The ensuing drive led to one first down and a punt into the wind. The defence stood tall and forced the Bisons to go two-and-out, but a roughing the kicker penalty would give the ball back to the Bisons at the Saskatchewan 48. Two consecutive first downs later, the Bisons would be in scoring position and they would settle for a 24-yard Nick Boyd field goal, going up 22-16.

The Huskies following drive produced a quick first-down, but nothing more. The Bisons were again forced to a two-and-out on their next drive, but, for the second punt in a row, a roughing the kicker penalty on a punt gave them the ball back, this time on the Saskatchewan 36. The Bisons couldn’t get a major, but were able to settle for a 42 yard field goal, making any Huskie comeback a two-score affair for a comeback. Although the Huskies showed some renewed intensity late in the game, putting together some initially promising drives, each of the last three drives resulted in a turnover, with one turnover on downs and two interceptions. A field goal rouge by Boyd ended the scoring, the final being 26-16.

Hopefully the Huskies take this game and learn from it, because clearly much improvement is needed just to get back to the level they played at the first two weeks. While the mistakes on special teams in the fourth quarter cost them this game, with 13 of the Bisons 14 points scored in the final frame coming directly from the punt fumble and two roughing the kicker penalties, the Huskies can’t ignore the fact that their offence was unable to score a touchdown or put together a solid drive. They also have to be concerned by the time of possession, which was 33:09 to 26:51 in favour of the Bisons, the punt and punt return game, which averaged 31.9 yards per kick and only 18 yards on seven kick returns, and the pass defence, which gave up 280 yards to Williams, most of that over the middle for seven to eight yard gains.

There’s a lot of work to be done with this team. Things won’t get any easier with the loss of Luke Thiel, who started at halfback and is one of the top punt returners in the Canada West, who is likely out for a few games with what looked like a dislocation or broken arm. The next two games, which are against the Dinos in Calgary and the UBC Thunderbirds at home, will go a long way in defining this team. We’ll find out soon if they have reloaded or are rebuilding.

Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score
—————– — – — – —–
Saskatchewan…….. 12 0 4 0 – 16
Manitoba………… 0 5 7 14 – 26

Scoring Summary:
1st 08:13 SASK – David Rybinski 68 yd fumble recovery (D. Kolodzinski kick)
SASK 7 – MAN 0
09:25 SASK – TEAM safety
SASK 9 – MAN 0
13:24 SASK – D. Kolodzinski 30 yd field goal
10 plays, 52 yards, TOP 3:59, SASK 12 – MAN 0
2nd 07:54 MAN – TEAM rouge
SASK 12 – MAN 1
12:33 MAN – Brendon Bowman rouge (punt)
SASK 12 – MAN 2
15:00 MAN – Nick Boyd 27 yd field goal
6 plays, 46 yards, TOP 0:52, SASK 12 – MAN 5
3rd 07:01 MAN – Tyson Takasaki 15 yd pass from K. Williams (Nick Boyd kick)
11 plays, 90 yards, TOP 5:00, SASK 12 – MAN 12
09:20 SASK – D. Kolodzinski 17 yd field goal
6 plays, 56 yards, TOP 2:13, SASK 15 – MAN 12
14:10 SASK – D. Kolodzinski rouge (punt)
SASK 16 – MAN 12
4th 00:12 MAN – Grayson Wells 0 yd fumble recovery (Nick Boyd kick)
SASK 16 – MAN 19
05:32 MAN – Nick Boyd 24 yd field goal
8 plays, 48 yards, TOP 2:51, SASK 16 – MAN 22
09:12 MAN – Nick Boyd 42 yd field goal
6 plays, 13 yards, TOP 2:25, SASK 16 – MAN 25
12:00 MAN – Nick Boyd rouge
SASK 16 – MAN 26

Team Statistics (Final)
2011 Canada West Football
Saskatchewan vs Manitoba (Sep 17, 2011 at Winnipeg, MB)

SASK MAN

FIRST DOWNS………………. 19 23
Rushing………………… 8 3
Passing………………… 7 17
Penalty………………… 4 3
NET YARDS RUSHING…………. 119 78
Rushing Attempts………… 23 28
Average Per Rush………… 5.2 2.8
Rushing Touchdowns………. 0 0
Yards Gained Rushing…….. 127 103
Yards Lost Rushing………. 8 25
NET YARDS PASSING…………. 186 280
Completions-Attempts-Int…. 14-32-2 23-38-0
Average Per Attempt……… 5.8 7.4
Average Per Completion…… 13.3 12.2
Passing Touchdowns………. 0 1
TEAM LOSSES………………. -22 -38
TOTAL OFFENSE YARDS……….. 283 320
Total offense plays……… 58 67
Average Gain Per Play……. 4.9 4.8
Fumbles: Number-Lost………. 3-1 2-1
Penalties: Number-Yards……. 6-65 14-125
PUNTS-YARDS………………. 11-351 9-333
Average Yards Per Punt…… 31.9 37.0
Net Yards Per Punt………. 16.6 31.1
Inside 20………………. 1 2
50+ Yards………………. 2 2
Touchbacks……………… 1 1
Fair catch……………… 0 0
KICKOFFS-YARDS……………. 2-115 3-137
Average Yards Per Kickoff… 57.5 45.7
Net Yards Per Kickoff……. 40.0 26.3
Touchbacks……………… 0 0
Punt returns: Number-Yards-TD. 7-18-0 9-133-0
Average Per Return………. 2.6 14.8
Kickoff returns: Number-Yds-TD 3-58-0 2-35-0
Average Per Return………. 19.3 17.5
Interceptions: Number-Yds-TD.. 0-0-0 2–3-0
Fumble Returns: Number-Yds-TD. 1-68-1 0-0-1
Possession Time…………… 26:51 33:09
1st Quarter…………….. 6:50 8:10
2nd Quarter…………….. 7:05 7:55
3rd Quarter…………….. 6:26 8:34
4th Quarter…………….. 6:30 8:30
Third-Down Conversions…….. 0 of 1 1 of 2
Red-Zone Scores-Chances……. 1-1 3-4
Touchdowns……………… 0-1 1-4
Field goals…………….. 1-1 2-4
Sacks By: Number-Yards…….. 1-4 3-22
PAT Kicks………………… 1-1 2-2
Field Goals………………. 2-2 3-5

Saskatchewan

Rushing No Gain Loss Net TD Lg Avg
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Gilbert-Knorren 7 67 7 60 0 20 8.6
Dexter Janke 13 51 0 51 0 12 3.9
Trent Peterson 1 6 0 6 0 6 6.0
Garrett Bolen 2 3 1 2 0 3 1.0
Totals… 23 127 8 119 0 20 5.2

Passing Cmp-Att-Int Yds TD Long Sack
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Gilbert-Knorren 9-23-2 113 0 21 3
Trent Peterson 5-9-0 73 0 42 0
Totals… 14-32-2 186 0 42 3

Receiving No. Yds TD Long
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Rory Kohlert 6 85 0 42
Jeffrey Moore 2 20 0 13
Jerit Lambert 2 18 0 12
Garrett Bolen 1 21 0 21
Dexter Janke 1 21 0 21
Braeden George 1 12 0 12
Garrett Burgess 1 9 0 9
Totals… 14 186 0 42

Punting No. Yds Avg Long In20 TB
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D. Kolodzinski 11 351 31.9 72 1 1
Totals… 11 351 31.9 72 1 1

Punts Kickoffs Intercept
All Returns No.Yds.Lg No.Yds.Lg No.Yds.Lg
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Rory Kohlert 0 0 0 1 4 4 0 0 0
Jerit Lambert 3 3 9 2 54 30 0 0 0
Kit Hillis 1 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
Luke Thiel 3 11 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals… 7 18 9 3 58 30 0 0 0

Field goal attempts
—————————————-
D. Kolodzinski 1st 01:36 30 yds – Good
D. Kolodzinski 3rd 05:40 17 yds – Good

Kickoffs No. Yds TB OB Avg
—————————————
D. Kolodzinski 2 115 0 0 57.5

Manitoba

Rushing No Gain Loss Net TD Lg Avg
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Anthony Coombs 10 68 1 67 0 23 6.7
Kienan LaFrance 8 19 2 17 0 7 2.1
Nic Demski 5 10 4 6 0 6 1.2
Xavier Johnson 1 0 1 -1 0 0 -1.0
K. Williams 4 6 17 -11 0 3 -2.8
Totals… 28 103 25 78 0 23 2.8

Passing Cmp-Att-Int Yds TD Long Sack
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K. Williams 23-38-0 280 1 27 1
Totals… 23-38-0 280 1 27 1

Receiving No. Yds TD Long
—————————————-
Jared Ralko 10 103 0 27
Tyson Takasaki 6 75 1 16
Anthony Coombs 3 33 0 13
Brendon Bowman 1 27 0 27
Stu Schollaardt 1 19 0 19
Bryden Bone 1 17 0 17
Kienan LaFrance 1 6 0 6
Totals… 23 280 1 27

Punting No. Yds Avg Long In20 TB
—————————————————
Brendon Bowman 9 333 37.0 64 2 1
Totals… 9 333 37.0 64 2 1

Punts Kickoffs Intercept
All Returns No.Yds.Lg No.Yds.Lg No.Yds.Lg
————————————————–
Anthony Coombs 6 90 53 1 22 22 0 0 0
Teague Sherman 1 9 9 0 0 0 0 0 0
B. MacFarlane 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Pete Adams 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 -3 0
Xavier Johnson 2 34 24 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nic Demski 0 0 0 1 13 13 0 0 0
Totals… 9 133 53 2 35 22 2 -3 0

Field goal attempts
—————————————-
Nick Boyd 2nd 07:06 39 yds – Rouge
Nick Boyd 2nd 00:00 27 yds – Good
Nick Boyd 4th 09:28 24 yds – Good
Nick Boyd 4th 05:48 42 yds – Good
Nick Boyd 4th 03:00 38 yds – Rouge

Kickoffs No. Yds TB OB Avg
—————————————
Nick Boyd 3 137 0 0 45.7

FUMBLES: Saskatchewan-Gilbert-Knorren 1-0; Dexter Janke 1-0; Jerit Lambert 1-1. Manitoba-K.
Williams 2-1.

  • DogLover

    Tough on one on the road. Not easy to play in Manitoba. I thought they were a little quick to pull Peterson. If we were to convert on one of the two second and 3 plays he probably stays in. Those conversions were not his fault.

    • Rick

      All road games can be tough on any team. It seems to me that the young team from Manitoba was underestimated as to its abilities. Sure the Huskies made some mistakes, but so did the Bisons. I think that maybe everyone who counted the Bisons out this year should take a serious look at the team as this was a solid win against an experienced group of players. Wind or no wind an experienced team should adjust and come out on top. Peterson was obviously pulled as he was not putting points on the board. Sure the score was not an embarrassing 57 to 10 or something like that, but a W is a W and a L is a L, no matter how you slice it.

  • Sheila Roszell

    Kickers battled the wind, punt stats/missed FG’s don’t reflect that… for example to go from a 23 yard punt into, 72 yard punt against…