Huskies battle Dinos for first place

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October 2, 2013 – Looking to secure postseason destinies, bitter rivals the Universities of Saskatchewan and Calgary will battle in their second meeting of the season Friday in Saskatoon’s Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park. Kickoff is 7 p.m. local time on Friday.

The game can be viewed live on Shaw Cable and the game is also available live on CK750 or www.ck750.com.  It can also be viewed on canadawest.tv

  • Game Date: Friday, October 4, 2013, 7pm
  • Game Location: Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park
  • Live Radio Broadcast: CK 750,www.ck750.com
  • Live Television Broadcast: Shaw Cable
  • Live Webcast: canadawest.tv
  • Live Stats: canadawest.tv

WATCH FIRST & GOAL WITH DREW BURKO – EPISODE 10 here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwisQSXjck0&feature=share&list=UUMUwaeCbXya_l_l9LjkKgYg 

THE HEADLINES

  • -Calgary, who has already locked up a playoff spot at 5-0, can secure a home postseason date with a win over Saskatchewan. The Huskies, at 4-1, could secure a playoff spot with a win over Calgary. Saskatchewan needs a combination of three wins, or two wins combined with a Manitoba Bisons loss to secure a home date.
  • -Saskatchewan (No. 6) is one of three Canada West teams to hold a spot in the CIS Top 10. Calgary (No. 3) and Manitoba (No. 10) join the Huskies in the national rankings.
  • -Since 2004, Calgary has only won twice in the six meetings in Griffiths Stadium – 20-19 in 2007 and 20-8 in 2011.
  • -Calgary won the first meeting between the teams 36-24 at McMahon Stadium on September 14.
  • -Dinos’ running back Mercer Timmis has a league-leading 14 touchdowns on the season and has rushed for over 100 yards in every game this season. He is the reigning Canada West Football Offensive Player of the Week for his 214 yards and four touchdowns Calgary’s 76-21 win over Alberta.
  • -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.
  • -Friday’s game is the annual Blackout. Stadium lights will be turned off and fans given glow sticks to help with the Huskies entrance. Fans will also be treated to a fireworks show at halftime.

DINOS/HUSKIES SERIES

Since 2010, the Huskies are 11-10 against the Dinos in conference action, including a 36-24 loss in Calgary on September 14. The Huskies last defeated Calgary on October 15, 2010 in a 36-17 victory in Saskatoon.

NO. 6 UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (4-1)

Next Week: BYE

Struggling to find offence in their last two road games, the Huskies will look to the comforts of home field advantage to get a win over the visiting Calgary Dinos.

In the last two road games, the Huskies tallied 41 points with just 14 coming from the offence. In the two home games, Saskatchewan has scored 79 points with 56 coming from the offence.

Still riddled with injuries on the offensive line and in the secondary, the Huskies will look to veterans to guide the young replacements. In the last three matchups, the defence has kept Saskatchewan in the game recording two touchdowns from fumble recoveries and six sacks.

Battling the rain, Saskatchewan scored 16 points in the second half to win 17-12 over the UBC Thunderbirds last weekend. Quarterback Drew Burko completed 19-of-31 pass attempts for 231 yards, while running backs Dexter Janke and Shane Buchanan combined for 138 yards and one touchdown.

Experience on the defence stepped up once again for the Huskies in the game. Mark Ingram, Seamus Neary and Ronald Mwamba all had 4.5 tackles. Neary also added a fumble recovery for a touchdown. Saskatchewan’s defence continues to lead the Canada West with 18 sacks.

No. 3 Calgary Dinos (5-0)

Next Week: BYE

Calgary continues to dominate the Canada West leading in total offence (2879 yards) and scoring offence (235 points).

Andrew Buckley has stepped in completing 89-of134 passes for nine touchdowns and 1432 yards in his four starts in the CIS. He’s helped by leading scorer Mercer Timmis. Timmis has a league-leading 14 touchdowns on the season and has rushed for over 100 yards in every game this season. He is the reigning Canada West Football Offensive Player of the Week for his 214 yards and four touchdowns Calgary’s 76-21 win over Alberta.

In contrast, Saskatchewan’s top defence (allowing opponents to average just 6.6 yards per play) will hope to stop the potent Calgary offence.

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