McMaster set an all-time CIS record today with their 20th consecutive overall victory (regular season and playoffs included) dating back to their 2011 season opener, while Laval added to their all-time CIS mark with a 10th straight conference title.
RSEQ final (Dunsmore Cup): No. 2 Laval 40, No. 10 Sherbrooke 17
At TELUS-Université Laval Stadium in Quebec City, the Rouge et Or jumped to a 16-0 lead seven minutes into the game and never looked back en route to their 16th straight win over Sherbrooke since the Vert & Or joined the RSEQ league in 2003.
Sherbrooke cut the deficit to 16-10 midway through the second quarter but the locals responded with two quick touchdowns to go into the halftime break with a comfortable 30-10 lead, to the delight of the capacity crowd of 14,914.
As expected, Laval dominated on the ground with 309 rushing yards to Sherbrooke’s 32. Maxime Boutin, with 119 yards on only six carries, and Guillaume Bourassa, with 19 rushes for 112 yards and a major, both went over the century mark.
Rouge et Or quarterback Tristan Grenon completed 10 of 20 passes for two touchdowns and one interception, and also scored on a pair of one-yard runs.
For Sherbrooke, the duo of Jérémi Roch and Sébastien Blanchard put up impressive numbers in the losing cause. Roch was 28-of-48 for 306 yards, one score and two picks, while Blanchard caught 12 balls for 182 yards.
AUS final (Loney Bowl): No. 9 Acadia 17, Saint Mary’s 9
At Raymond Field in Wolfville, N.S., the Axemen got all they could handle from Saint Mary’s but a remarkable defensive performance lifted them to their second straight AUS final win over the Huskies, in front of 2,678 fans. Acadia prevailed 39-20 in last year’s Loney Bowl.
Holding on to a slim 10-9 lead with less than seven minutes remaining, the Axemen sealed the win with two late safeties and a 28-yard Ryan Begin field goal with 52 seconds left on the clock.
Amazingly, Acadia’s defence allowed only one passing completion all afternoon, for a loss of five yards. Saint Mary’s finished with 97 yards of total offence and only nine first downs, including three on penalties.
Reigning two-time AUS MVP Kyle Graves was a modest 10-of-24 for 110 yards, one touchdown and one interception but the Axemen received a 181-yard rushing effort from conference rookie of the year Thomas Troop.
Jesse St. James led the way on defence with seven tackles, including 5.5 for losses and a pair of sacks, as well as a fumble recovery. Drew Morris had a game-high 10.5 tackles.
OUA final (Yates Cup): No. 1 McMaster 30, No. 5 Guelph 13
At Ron Joyce Stadium in Hamilton, OUA MVP Kyle Quinlan completed 80 per cent of his passes and added a team-high 70 yards on the ground as the Marauders took a 21-3 lead early in the second quarter and cruised to their second straight Yates Cup win, in front of a packed house of 5,427.
Guelph racked up 30 first downs to McMaster’s 20 but was hurt by three interceptions against quarterback Jazz Lindsey, who went 29-of-47 for 319 yards and also rushed four times for 31 yards and a touchdown.
Quinlan didn’t have to be spectacular to lead his troops to victory and was a consistent 16-of-20 for 265 yards, a pair of majors and one pick. Michael DiCroce was his favourite target with seven receptions for 114 yards, while Robert Babic and Tyler Loveday each caught a TD pass.
Shane Beaton was all over the field on defence for the winners with a match-high 10 solo tackles, including three for losses, and a pass breakup.