Huskies look to get back in win column


Nicole Betker

September 18, 2013, Saskatoon, SK (ISN) – In the lone meeting between the Universities of Saskatchewan and Alberta, the Huskies will look to return to the win column, while the Golden Bears search for their first victory of 2013.

Game Date: Friday, September 20, 7pm

Game Location: Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park

Live Radio Broadcast: CK 750, 

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Kickoff is 7 p.m. on Friday. The game will be available live on CK750 or It can also be viewed live on



• Saskatchewan (No. 7) 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.

• The Huskies will look for their fifth straight win against the Golden Bears

• Since 2002, the Huskies are 15-3 against Alberta.

• Despite an 0-3 record, Alberta has the third best scoring offence in the conference averaging 37.3 points per game.

• Alberta’s third-year quarterback Ryan Schwartz leads the Canada West in pass efficiency completing 88-of-123 passes in 2013. His main target rookie Tylor Henry leads in receiving yards (343) and receptions (27).

• Friday night marks University of Saskatchewan Homecoming. Celebrations include a ceremonial coin toss with Chancellor Emeritus Vera Pezer, U of S Alumni Association President Peter Stroh, USSU President Max Fine Day and GSA President Ehimai Ohiozebau, as well as the annual toga run. Togas on campus first made their appearance in 1961 in conjunction with a student organized event involving a Roman Holiday on Campus. This evolved over the years into the traditional toga run which happens each year at the homecoming football game.


Since 2002, the Huskies are 15-3 against the Golden Bears. Saskatchewan won both meetings between the two teams 32-0 in Saskatoon on August 31 and 27-10 in Edmonton on October 20.


Next Week: at UBC Thunderbirds

After dropping their first game of the season 36-24 to the Calgary Dinos on the road, the Huskies return home to Griffiths Stadium to get back in the win column.

A strong first half, led to Saskatchewan losing control of the game in the third quarter against the Dinos allowing Calgary to score 15 unanswered points. Although the Huskies made a late bid for a comeback with a 31-yard fumble recovery touchdown by fifth-year defensive end Joel Seutter, it was too little too late.

Second-year quarterback Drew Burko kept the Huskies’ offence moving completing 24-of-35 passes for 306 yards but failed to find the end zone on a pass. He did tally for Saskatchewan on a seven-yard run that put the Huskies ahead early in the game. Running back Shane Buchanan was also held to just 36 yards after dashing for 100 in the first two games of the season.

Experience on the defence stepped up for the Huskies in the game. Halfback Braxton Lawrence, a 2012 Canada West all-star, recorded 10.5 tackles in the loss, while Seutter added 3.5 tackles and one sack to his fumble recovery touchdown. The defence leads the Canada West with 10 sacks.


Next Week: vs. Calgary Dinos

A better offensive team than the record would indicate, the Alberta Golden Bears are thirsty for a win.

Missing a win in overtime 39-36 to the UBC Thunderbirds in Week 2 and putting together a big bid for a comeback in a 55-35 loss to the Regina Rams in Week 3, proves the Golden Bears can find the end zone.

Alberta’s Ryan Schwartz has completed 88-of-123 passes at pivot in 2013 leading to the league’s top efficiency rating. His main connection has been rookie Tylor Henry with 343 yards on 27 catches to lead the conference in receiving. Aundrey Webster has added another 261 yards and three touchdowns for the Bears.

It has been run defence that has hurt the Bears early. Alberta has allowed opponents to average 293.3 yards per game and 10 touchdowns in the three games.

Scott Harrigan
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