No. 1 Dinos Surge Past Huskies

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

SASKATOON – University of Calgary quarterback Andrew Buckley surpassed the 400-yard plateau through the air to lead the No. 1 ranked Dinos to a 44-15 win over the University of Saskatchewan Huskies Friday night at Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park.

The fifth-year pivot finished the night 26-of-34 for 427 yards and four touchdowns. Buckley did it with his legs too on Friday night, rushing for 50 yards and a touchdown on seven carries.

Calgary improves to 6-0 and clinches first place in the Canada West with two games remaining. The Huskies drop to 2-4 with the loss. Calgary will now have home field advantage throughout the conference playoffs.

Much like in their last meeting, Saskatchewan was able to keep pace with the Dinos in the early going. After falling behind early, Saskatchewan would answer with a score of their own and trailed 14-7 after the opening 15 minutes.

Calgary scored a pair of touchdowns in the third, taking advantage of a Huskie special teams miscue on the latter to jump out to the three score lead. The Huskies looked poised to cut into the deficit before half, but a late second quarter interception halted the scoring chance.

The proficient Calgary offense would pull away in the third with another two touchdowns while the Dinos defense held Huskie quarterback Drew Burko and the Saskatchewan offense in check.

Burko completed 13-of-23 passes for 193 yards and a touchdown on the night. In the process the fourth-year signal caller moved into first all-time on the Huskies pass completion list. Kyle Siemens came into the game and completed 8-of-15 passes for 125 yards and a major.

On the ground Tyler Chow led the Huskies with 42 yards on eight carries, while Calgary's Mercer Timmis rushed for 53 yards and a major on 13 attempts in his first game back from injury.

Rashaun Simonise was the game's leading receiver hauling in six passes for 130 yards and a pair of touchdowns for the Dinos. Simonise best play of the night came on a 67-yard catch and run from Buckley.

Julan Lynch led the Huskie receiving corps with 108 yards and a touchdown on eight catches. Mitch Hillis, who came into the game leading the Canada West in receiving, had 74 yards and a score on five receptions.

Justin Filteau led the Huskie defense with 11 tackles in the game. Donovan Dale continued to add to his Canada West sack lead with one more on Friday.

For the Dinos, Micah Teitz led the way with six tackles including a sack. In the backfield Deondre Townsend and Hunter Turnbull each grabbed an interception.

Saskatchewan hosts UBC next Friday night at 7 p.m. in Saskataoon. Calgary will also be at home next week, hosting the Regina Rams at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Quarter-by-Quarter Summary

1st Quarter Recap

After intercepting Huskie quarterback Drew Burko on the second play of the ball game, the Dinos were quick to strike. Calgary would march in from the Saskatchewan 32-yard line with Mercer Timmis getting to the end zone on a three-yard run at 3:26.

After the Huskies forced back-to-back Dino punts, the Saskatchewan offense would finally break through at 10:52 of the first quarter. Drew Burko connected with Canada West leading receiver Mitch Hillis for a 37-yard touchdown.

The Dinos were quick to answer with another major after a 10 play 75-yard drive. Andre Buckley capped the drive off with a 12-yard pass to Rashaun Simonise on the final play of the quarter.

Calgary 14 – Saskatchewan 7

2nd Quarter Recap

After a quick two-and-out the quick straight Calgary offense was at it again. Buckley connected for Simonise again, this time for a 67-yard score as the speedy receiver was able to get behind coverage at 2:37.

The Dinos took advantage of a fumbled Saskatchewan punt return with Buckley plunging in from a yard out to go up three scores at 7:42.

With Saskatchewan gaining momentum near halftime Burko was picked off at the Calgary 20 by Hunter Turnbull.

Calgary 28 – Saskatchewan 7

3rd Quarter Recap

The teams exchanged missed field goals on their opening second half drives. Both resulted in a rouge.

It didn't take the Dinos offense long to find its groove again with another 10 play drive ending in a Jimmy Underdahl one-yard rush on their next possession at 8:59.

A penalty aided drive helped set up Calgary's next score. The 69 yard drive was capped off by a Bryce Harper one-yard rush at 12:51.

Calgary 43 – Saskatchewan 8

Fourth Quarter Recap

The Huskies scored the lone major of the fourth quarter, with both teams using some of their bench in the closing minutes. Kyle Siemens led Saskatchewan on a 98-yard drive finishing it off with a 10-yard pass to Julan Lynch for the score at 14:42.

Calgary 44 – Saskatchewan 15