September 25, 2013, Saskatoon, SK – Both the University of Saskatchewan Huskies and UBC Thunderbirds are in must win situations in the lone conference meeting between the two teams. Kickoff is 2 p.m. local time on Saturday.
- • 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. 10) join the Huskies in the national rankings.
- • The Huskies will look for their fifth straight conference win against the T-Birds
- • Since 1998, the Huskies are 19-4 against UBC
- • The two teams played a non-conference game on August 23 in Saskatoon. The Huskies won 28-5 in the preseason matchup.
- • UBC has the best rushing offence in the conference averaging 244.5 yards per game. Brandon Deschamps leads conference with 685 yards and five touchdowns. But on the other side of the ball, the Huskies have the best rush defence holding opponents to just 123.8 yards per game.
- • Reigning Canada West Defensive Player of the Week Ben Rush has helped lead the Huskies to a league-best 18 sacks on the season.
• UBC (2-2) has recorded both wins on the road in the 2013 season.
Since 1998, the Huskies are 19-4 against the Thunderbirds in conference games. Saskatchewan won a non-conference meeting 28-5 in Saskatoon on August 23.
NO. 7 UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (3-1)
Next Week: vs No. 5 Calgary Dinos
Although the Huskies found a 39-17 win over the Alberta Golden Bears last weekend, the victory was costly.
Already finding solutions of numerous injuries on the defensive side, the Huskies will find many starters on the offensive side of the ball questionable for the matchup in Vancouver. Saskatchewan will need to look to depth and youth to step up in the situation.
Saskatchewan jumped out to an early lead against Alberta scoring 19 points in the first quarter. Quarterback Drew Burko was strong completing 32-of-45 attempts for two touchdowns and 373 yards.
Experience on the defence stepped up once again for the Huskies in the game. Defensive ends Ben Rush and Joel Seutter combined for 4.5 sacks in the game. Saskatchewan’s defence leads the Canada West with 18 sacks.
Next Week: at Manitoba Bisons
Using their go-to rush offence landed the UBC Thunderbirds a 37-27 win over the Regina Rams last week.
The Rams had a four-point lead to start the final frame but UBC outscored Regina 21-7 in the fourth to clinch the victory. Canada West leading rusher Brandon Deschamps tallied 230 yards on 35 carries with a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns. As a team the T-Birds have tallied 978 yards on the ground to the 779 in the air.
Last week’s also showed the second half nature of the T-Birds. In the four games in 2013, UBC has recorded 99 of the 139 total points scored in the third (42) and fourth (57) quarters.