September 11, 2013, Saskatoon, SK – The University of Saskatchewan Huskies and the University of Calgary Dinos will battle in their first meeting of 2013 hoping to grab an early lead at the top of the Canada West football standings.
- • Saskatchewan (No. 6) is one of three Canada West teams to hold a spot in the CIS Top 10. Calgary (No. 5) and Manitoba (No. 8) join the Huskies in the national rankings.
- • Saskatchewan’s 34-13 win in September of 2010 was the last time the Huskies won in Calgary. The loss was Calgary’s last at home against a Canada West opponent, a streak of 17 games.
- • Saskatchewan running back Shane Buchanan and Calgary running back Mercer Timmis have both rushed for 100 yards in their first two games of the season.
• Huskie receiver Mitch Stevens continues to climb the all-time Saskatchewan touchdown reception list sitting alone in fifth with 13-career touchdown catches. Stevens is chasing Larry Giles record of 17 set in 1975.
- • Huskies’ kicker Denton Kolodzinski was named Canada West and CIS Special Teams Athlete of the Week after hitting five field goals including the 40-yard game winner against Manitoba in Week 2.
• Fifth-year offensive lineman Lane Bryksa will serve his one game suspension handed out by the Canada West for an illegal block against the Regina Rams in Week 1.
• Calgary quarterback Andrew Buckley gets his second start replacing the injured Eric Dzwilewski who suffered a broken foot against UBC in Week 1.
Since 2010, the Huskies are 11-9 against the Dinos in conference action, including a 45-4 loss in Calgary in the lone meeting between the two teams in 2012. The Huskies last defeated Calgary on October 15, 2010 in a 36-17 victory in Saskatoon.
NO. 6 UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (2-0)
Next Week: vs. Alberta
After a thrilling finish in a 36-34 win over Manitoba last weekend, the Huskies hit the road again in search of their first win in Calgary since 2010.
Denton Kolodzinski kicked the Huskies to victory in week two. The fourth year kicker was a perfect 5-for-5 highlighted by a 40-yard game winner with 18 seconds left in the game. Kolodzinski also hit from 32, 44 and twice from 37. He was named Canada West and CIS Special Teams Athlete of the Week for his efforts.
Running back Shane Buchanan reached the 100-yard plateau for the second straight game in Manitoba rushing for 100 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. The second year back and the Huskie offensive line will look to establish the line of scrimmage against a tough Dinos defensive front.
Quarterback Drew Burko went 22-for-37 for 337 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while Mitch Stevens led the Huskies receiving corps with five catches for 152 yards.
Dane Bishop has led the Saskatchewan defence early in the Canada West season with ten tackles including two sacks. Geoff Hughes has added seven tackles and three sacks. The Huskie defence has forced three fumbles and four interceptions through two games.
No. 5 UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY DINOS
Next Week: vs. No. 8 Manitoba
After opening the season with two straight road wins the Dinos return home to take on Saskatchewan hoping to slow down the Huskies offence.
Calgary relied heavily on their running game in Week 2 after losing starting quarterback Eric Dzwilewski in their previous game. Running back Mercer Timmis rushed for 139 yards on 25 carries and two touchdowns in a 34-27 win in Regina. It was the second straight week Timmis gained 100 yards on the ground.
Quarterback Andrew Buckley went 11-for-25 for 210 yards and a touchdown in his first CIS start, connecting with receiver Chris Dobko five times for 43 yards in the win.
The Dinos allowed just 16 rushing yards against the Rams, improving from the 283 given up to UBC in Week 1. Calgary will rely on their front seven to slow down the Huskie running backs.