September 22, 2012, Saskatoon (ISN) – The No. 9 ranked University of Regina Rams defeated the No. 7 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskie 35-26 in front of a Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park record crowd of 9,033 Friday night in Saskatoon.
Regina used a strong third quarter to spoil the UofS homecoming. Pivot Marc Mueller orchestrated an eight play 74-yard scoring drive capping it off with a 28-yard strike to Kolten Solomon. Two drives later Mueller led the Rams 66 yards down the field on seven plays. Michael Kipwayfinished the drive with a two-yard touchdown run.
The Rams defense came up big on the following Huskies possession. Kirby Kezama intercepted a Chase Bradshaw throw and returned it down to theHuskies 14 yard line. Kipway would punch in his second major of the third quarter with a five-yard touchdown run making the score 35-12 in favour of Regina.
Saskatchewan made a late push in the fourth quarter. Bradshaw linked up with Kit Hillis on a 47-yard touchdown pass on the opening drive. The Huskies offense would strike again on the following drive. Bradshaw led Saskatchewan 79 yards down the field on seven plays, again finding Hillis for a 24-yard major. It was Hillis’ third touchdown of the game.
“We were undisciplined, we didn’t execute the fundamentals, (and) we left points on the field in the first half,” said Huskie head coach Brian Towriss of the loss.
Bradshaw went 14-for-23 for 204 yards with two touchdowns and one interception for the Huskies. Rookie quarterback Drew Burko started the game for Huskies and went 14-for-23 with one touchdown before leaving the game with an injury late in the first half.
Hillis led the Huskies receiving corps hauling in seven receptions for 115 yards. It was his second straight game with three touchdowns. Mitch Stevens caught seven passes for 70 yards.
Defensively the Huskies were led Corbin Eskelson who tallied 9.5 tackles on the night. Luke Thiel and Mitch Friesen finished with seven and five tackles respectively.
Mueller had another outstanding game going 29-for-37 and passing for 330 yards including two touchdowns. Solomon led the receiving corps with two touchdowns and 112 receiving yards. He also added a one-yard rushing touchdown.
Daniel Knaus and Chris Sciog led the Rams defensively with 9.5 and nine tackles respectively. Steve Famulak tallied 7.5 tackles while Kezaman had four tackles and one interception
With the win Regina moves to 3-1, while the Huskies drop to 2-2.
Saskatchewan travels to Calgary to meet the No. 2 ranked University of Calgary Dinos, while Regina returns home to host the Manitoba Bisons.