Huskies Face Tough Test on West Coast

Huskies Face Tough Test on West Coast

Game Date: Friday, September 25, 2015, 7pm

Game Location: Thunderbird Stadium, Vancouver, BC
Live Television Broadcast: N/A

Live Radio Broadcast: CJWW, www.cjwwradio.com
Live Stats/ Live Webcast: canadawest.tv

THE GAME

The University of Saskatchewan Huskies meet up with the No. 6 ranked University of British Columbia Thunderbirds in Vancouver to kick off week four in the Canada West football schedule.

BROADCAST INFO

Kickoff is 7 p.m. local time on Friday. It is also available live on CJWW at www.cjwwradio.com or via webcast at canadawest.tv.

THE HEADLINES

  • UBC (No. 6) is one of three Canada West teams to hold a spot in the CIS Top 10. Calgary (No. 1), and Manitoba (No. 8) join the T-Birds in the national rankings.
  • Huskie DL Donovan Dale faces his former team where he was a two-time CIS All-Canadian for the first time.
  • Saskatchewan has won eight straight regular season contests with UBC. The last T-Bird win was in 2010. Although UBC did win a playoff meeting in 2011.
  • It is the first of two meetings this season between the two programs. UBC visits Saskatoon October 23.
  • Huskie quarterback Drew Burko is just 34 completions away from becoming the sole all-time leader in pass completions in Huskie history.


T-BIRDS/HUSKIES SERIES

Since 1998, the Huskies are 22-4 against the T-Birds in conference games including a current streak of eight-straight wins. UBC did beat Saskatchewan at home in the playoffs during that stretch in 2011. Last season, Saskatchewan won 31-25 in Vancouver and 38-18 in the season finale in Saskatoon.

NO. 6 UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA THUNDERBIRDS (2-1)
The T-Birds made it two straight wins with an impressive offensive performance in a 51-48 road win over the Manitoba Bisons last week.

UBC freshman quarterback Michael O'Connor threw for 398 yards and four touchdowns while completing 26-of-38 pass attempts in last week's victory. O'Connor has thrown just one interception to six touchdowns this season. Alex Morrison and Trivel Pinto each went for over 100 yards receiving in the T-Birds win. Morrison is the leading receiver for UBC with 11 catches for 223 yards.

Taylor Loffler has led the way defensively with 28.5 tackles, second most in the conference. Loffler also has a pair of interceptions in 2015. Linebackers Mitch Barrnett and Terrell Davis are right behind Loffler among the Canada West tackle leaders with 22.5 and 22 respectively. The linebacker duo has a combined five sacks.

UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (1-2)

The University of Saskatchewan Huskies got their first win of the season against provincial rival, the Regina Rams last Friday night to avoid starting 0-3.

The Huskie defensive unit has shown its explosiveness in 2015. Saskatchewan leads the conference in turnovers forced with four fumble recoveries and six interceptions. The Huskies also lead the Canada West in sacks with 11.

Huskie punter Sean Stenger and the special teams unit has helped the defense out by pinning opposing offenses inside their own 20-yard line 13 times already this season. The next highest total in the conference is seven.

Offensively, Huskie quarterback Drew Burko had a solid showing in last Friday's win. The fourth-year pivot completed 63.3% of his passes for 243 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Burko's top target was the Huskies leading receiver Mitch Hillis. Hillis, who is second in the conference in yards and first in receptions, caught nine passes for 135 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Running back Tyler Chow went over 100-yards in the third straight game to start the season with 124 yards on 15 carries.