Huskies Host No. 1 Dinos in Blackout Game

Photo Credit: Josh Schaefer Photography
Photo Credit: Josh Schaefer Photography

Game Date: October 16, 2015, 7pm

Game Location: Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park
Live Television Broadcast: SHAW TV

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

THE GAME

The University of Saskatchewan Huskies get a second chance at the No. 1 University of Calgary Dinos Friday night in Saskatoon with both teams coming off the bye week.

BROADCAST INFO

Kickoff is 7 p.m. local time on Friday. The game can be watched live on Shaw Cable. It is also available live on CJWW at www.cjwwradio.com or via webcast at canadawest.tv.

THE HEADLINES

  • All three of this week's Canada West games are rematches of week five.
  • Three Canada West teams are currently ranked in the CIS Top 10 including the Calgary Dinos (1), Manitoba Bisons (8) and the UBC T-Birds (9).
  • The Dinos have seven straight wins against the Huskies.
  • Saskatchewan at 2-3 is tied with Alberta and one game behind UBC and Manitoba both at 3-2 in the standings.
  • Dino quarterback Andrew Buckley is second in passing in the CIS at 388.8 yards per game. Huskie quarterback Drew Burko is sixth at 306.4.
  • Drew Burko has moved into third all-time on the Huskies passing completion list, he is now just two completions away from the all-time leader Doug Siemens. (see media notes for full list)
  • Mitch Hillis leads the Canada West in receiving yards per game at 129.2. That total puts him second in the country.
  • The Huskies' Chris Friesen is tied for the CIS lead in takeaways with five. While Donovan Dale leads the Canada West sack leaders with six.


DINOS/HUSKIES SERIES

With their 59-19 win in week five the Dinos made it seven straight wins over the Huskies. Since 2000, the Huskies are 11-13 against Calgary.

NO. 1 UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY DINOS (5-0)

The Calgary Dinos scored 39 points in the second half to pull away from the Huskies on October 3 en route to the 59-19 win.

Reigning Hec Creighton Trophy winner Andrew Buckley was impressive again in the win. Buckley completed 22-of-37 passes for 468 yards and four scores. Austen Hartley was the Calgary pivot's favourite target, hauling in five passes for 171 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Hartley tied a school record with a 105-yard reception. On the ground, Bryce Harper filled in for Mercer Timmis once again rushing for 102 yards and a touchdown on 14 attempts.

Defensively, Robert Woodson picked off Huskie quarterback Drew Burko twice to lead a ball hawking defensive unit that forced five turnovers in the game.

An unsung hero for Calgary, kicker Johnny Mark hit four field goals in the first half to help put the Dinos ahead at halftime and give the offense time to find its regular scoring pace.

UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (2-3)

The Saskatchewan Huskies look to rebound from a tough road loss after the Thanksgiving weekend bye.

Saskatchewan held early leads of 7-0 and 10-3 but could not keep up with the high-powered Dinos offense. The Huskies scored a third quarter touchdown to cut the lead to 20-18 before a missed field goal and three straight turnovers halted their momentum.

Huskie quarterback Drew Burko went 15-of-35 for 324 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Burko was picked off three times by the Calgary defense after not committing a turnover since week one.

Mitch Hillis moved into second place in the CIS receiving yards per game category at 129.2 after catching five passes for 145 yards and a touchdown. Tyler Chow was once again solid on the ground for the Huskies with 124 yards on 26 carries.

Donovan Dale added to his Canada West sack lead in the first meeting with the Dinos. His total of six sacks is tied for second in the CIS. Chris Friesen is tied for the Canada West and CIS lead with five take-aways (four interceptions, one fumble recovery) this season.

Saskatchewan punter Sean Stenger is first in the nation at pinning opposing offenses inside their own 20-yard line, doing it 17 times this season.