The Huskies came into today’s game needing a win to clinch a playoff spot for the twelfth year straight. They acheived that, although they had to do it the hard way, getting past a team that, at times, seemed determined to deliver a Huskie loss. Beating the Golden Bears was no picnic, either.
Thanks to a dominant defensive effort, the score was never really in doubt. Save for a 73-yard drive near the end of the second quarter that ended with a ten yard touchdown pass from Curtis Dell to Dillon Prince, the Huskie defence gave little on the day. They held the Golden Bears, who last won a game two years ago against the Huskies in a Canada West semi-final, to two-and-outs eight times while keeping all but two Alberta drives to 28 yards gained or fewer.
On offence, the Huskies were good and bad. They did put up three touchdowns and 355 yards of offence, but they also had three drives that ended in fumbles and one that ended in an interception, while having to settle for field goals twice after driving well into the red zone. Only putting up 27 points on a team that gave up an average of 43 points per game coming into today’s game was a little disappointing, especially when one considers that the Huskies had all their starting receivers available to them for the first time this season.
One of those field goals came with five minutes left in the third quarter after the Huskies drove to the Alberta 13, only to have a pass interference penalty push them back to the Alberta 28 for a first-and-25 that they were unable to convert with a major score. Undisciplined penalties would cost them points in this game more than once, with an unnecessary roughness penalty taking them out of the red zone and forcing them to punt early in the fourth quarter. The defence also took three unnecessary roughness penalties, but luckily for them, the Alberta offence was able to do little with the 15 yard gifts handed to them.
On a cold day when the team ran hot and cold, there was still no doubting their desire to win. No matter what happened on the play before, the Huskies still came out and battled hard, looking to stretch the field on offence while consistently getting in Dell’s face and giving up little ground to Alberta’s running backs while on defence. There were still many positives to take out of this game, things they will have to build upon as they look to become more consistent before the playoffs.
The only thing left to decide this season is which order Manitoba and Saskatchewan will finish in and who these teams will be visiting in the first round of the playoffs. Manitoba won narrowly over the UBC Thunderbirds, 37-31, after giving up a huge lead, and will be in Calgary for a meeting with the Dinos, who have first place wrapped up and will likely rest many veterans. The visiting Thunderbirds have little to play for, but will want to give quarterback Billy Greene one more win in his last CIS game, and will play hard. If the Huskies want to avoid the much longer trip to play the more difficult Dinos in Calgary, they will have to treat Friday’s game as a playoff contest to ensure a trip to Regina for the much more favourable match up against the Rams in the first round of the playoffs.
Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score
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Saskatchewan…….. 3 14 3 7 – 27 Record: (4-3,4-3)
Alberta…………. 3 7 0 0 – 10 Record: (0-7,0-7)
1st 07:45 SASK – D.Kolodzinski 19 yd field goal, 3-3 0:55, SASK 3 – AB 0
12:10 AB – Stephen Fabian 27 yd field goal, 3-5 1:14, SASK 3 – AB 3
2nd 01:04 SASK – Shane Buchanan 9 yd pass from Chase Bradshaw (D.Kolodzinski kick), 4-43 1:04, SASK 10 – AB 3
12:40 SASK – Charlie Power 12 yd pass from Chase Bradshaw (D.Kolodzinski kick), 3-22 0:30, SASK 17 – AB 3
14:05 AB – Dillon Prince 10 yd pass from Curtis Dell (Stephen Fabian kick), 6-73 1:18, SASK 17 – AB 10
3rd 07:58 SASK – D.Kolodzinski 17 yd field goal, 10-37 4:56, SASK 20 – AB 10
4th 08:01 SASK – Mitch Stevens 26 yd pass from Chase Bradshaw (D.Kolodzinski kick), 3-47 1:05, SASK 27 – AB 10
FIRST DOWNS………………. 25 16
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)………… 37-122 22-83
PASSING YDS (NET)…………. 230 174
Passes Att-Comp-Int……….. 28-17-1 43-20-3
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS….. 65-355 67-236
Fumble Returns-Yards………. 0-0 1-80
Punt Returns-Yards………… 7-48 7-65
Kickoff Returns-Yards……… 3-54 3-37
Interception Returns-Yards…. 3-40 1–1
Punts (Number-Avg)………… 12-34.9 10-34.2
Fumbles-Lost……………… 4-3 4-2
Penalties-Yards…………… 10-90 13-90
Possession Time…………… 30:25 29:35
Third-Down Conversions…….. 1 of 2 2 of 5
Red-Zone Scores-Chances……. 4-5 2-2
Sacks By: Number-Yards…….. 2-17 0-0
RUSHING: Saskatchewan-Shane Buchanan 19-61; Chase Bradshaw 8-27; Jarvis
James 5-24; Brandon Stewart 5-10. Alberta-Tyler Lewis 13-70; Curtis Dell 6-23;
Smith Wright 2-0; Stephen Fabian 1-minus 10.
PASSING: Saskatchewan-Chase Bradshaw 17-28-1-230. Alberta-Curtis Dell
RECEIVING: Saskatchewan-Kit Hillis 6-85; Charlie Power 4-48; Braeden
George 2-38; Mitch Stevens 2-32; Shane Buchanan 2-15; Jeff Moore 1-12. Alberta-R.
Richardson 7-49; Dillon Prince 5-70; Jess Valleau 4-30; Smith Wright 2-15; Casey
INTERCEPTIONS: Saskatchewan-Corbin Eskelson 1-20; Bryce McCall 1-14; B.
Lawrence 1-6. Alberta-Brent Krawchuk 1-minus 1.
FUMBLES: Saskatchewan-Shane Buchanan 2-2; Chase Bradshaw 1-0; Kit Hillis
1-1. Alberta-Tyler Lewis 2-1; Smith Wright 1-0; Curtis Dell 1-1.
Stadium: Foote Field Attendance: 436
Kickoff time: 1:00 PM End of Game: 3:46 PM Total elapsed time: 2:46
Officials: Referee: Kelly Edgeworth; Umpire: Cody Larocque; Linesman: Darryl Hern;
Line judge: Jordan Titosky; Back judge: Alex Motuzas; Field judge: Brendan Murphy;
Side judge: Adam Demaniuk; Scorer: P. Cartledge;
Temperature: 1 C Wind: 29 NW Weather: Overcast