Huskies Look to Keep Playoff Hopes Alive Against Rams

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

Game Date: October 30, 2015, 7pm

Game Location: Mosaic Stadium, Regina SK
Live Television Broadcast: SHAW TV

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

THE GAME

With their playoff future on the line, the University of Saskatchewan Huskies visit provincial rival the University of Regina Rams to close out the 2015 Canada West regular season.

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

  • Saskatchewan needs a win and an Alberta loss to Calgary in order to clinch the fourth and final playoff spot.
  • Neither team is ranked in the CIS Top 10.
  • Saskatchewan has won four straight regular season meetings with the Rams.
  • The Huskies have enjoyed success in regular season finales, winning seven straight.
  • Last week Huskie quarterback Kyle Siemens set a Canada West and Huskie record with 44 pass completions. His total was just five behind the all-time CIS mark. His 520 passing yards was fourth best by a Huskie all-time.
  • Huskie receiver Mitch Hillis has moved into first place in Huskie single season receiving yards with 874. His 56 catches is just one behind the leader, his brother Kit, for the most in a season by a Huskie.


RAMS/HUSKIES SERIES

Including playoffs, the Huskies are 24-8 against the Rams since 2001. Saskatchewan has won four straight meetings between the two teams including a 33-18 contest in September at home. The Rams last win in the series came in the 2012 Canada West semifinal in Regina.

UNIVERSITY OF REGINA RAMS (0-7)

The winless Regina Rams will have the chance to play spoiler on their provincial rivals playoff hopes this Friday.

The Regina offence has struggled in 2015 sitting at the bottom of the conference in scoring average at 20 points per game. The Rams have also struggled with turnovers and have a turnover margin of -19 this season. Despite those struggles, the Rams have still managed to stay in games. Three of their losses have been by a touchdown or less.

Running back Atlee Simon leads the conference in rushing with 783 yards on the season and has found the end zone five times. Quarterback Noah Picton has completed 64% of his passes while averaging 259.9 yards per game. Picton's top target, Mitchell Picton has caught 35 passes for 465 yards this season.

Mason Rossler is the top tackler for the Rams with 47 total tackles including 3.5 sacks. The second-year defensive back had also forced two fumbles and broken up a pair of passes in 2015.

UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (2-5)

The Saskatchewan Huskies hope to continue their success in regular season finales after dropping their last three contests.

Saskatchewan has won the final regular season game for seven consecutive seasons.

Last week's tough loss to the UBC Thunderbirds left the Huskies in a difficult position. Now, Saskatchewan needs a win and must rely on an Alberta loss in order to clinch the fourth and final Canada West playoff spot.

Second-year quarterback Kyle Siemens led a comeback attempt that came up just short against the T-Birds last week. Siemens finished the game with a Canada West record 44 completions and was fourth on the Huskies single game leaders list with 520 yards. Two of his three touchdowns went to the Canada West's leading receiver Mitch Hillis. Hillis has went for 874 yards on 56 catches this season. His yardage total sets a Huskie single-season record, while he is just one behind his older brother Kit for the most receptions in a season.

Even after being held without a sack in week seven, Huskie defensive lineman Donovan Dale continues to lead the conference with seven on the season. Fifth-year linebacker Dane Bishop has been tremendous on defence registering in nearly every statistical column. Bishop leads the team with 46 total tackles while also recording a sack, a forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and a pair of pass breakups.