By Daniel Herrick, Sports Information Student Assistant
October 4, 2013, SASKATCHEWAN – The No. 3 ranked University of Calgary Dinos outscored the No. 6 University of Saskatchewan Huskies 18-1 in the second half en route to a 24-12 win Friday night in Saskatoon’s Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park.
After managing just 174 yards in the first half, the Dinos offence exploded for 418 yards in the final 30 minutes.
With the win Calgary moves to 6-0 on the season, securing first place and a home playoff date. Saskatchewan drops to 4-2 and needs to defeat the Manitoba Bisons on October 18 to have a shot at a home playoff date.
Chris Dobko scored the game-winning touchdown at 4:52 of the third quarter on a 19-yard pass from quarterback Andrew Buckley. Dinos’ running back Mercer Timmis sealed the Calgary win late in the fourth quarter avoiding a Huskie tackler in the backfield before racing 80 yards to the end zone. Timmis finished the game rushing for 172 yards, his sixth straight 100-yard game.
Saskatchewan sputtered on offence in the third quarter managing just three first downs and scoring only on a Denton Koldozinski rouge. The Huskies gained just 44 yards to Calgary’s 215.
Calgary recorded both a blocked field goal and a punt, deep in Huskie territory, in the first 30 minutes. The latter led to a 20-yard Johnny Mark field goal. Mark opened the scoring for the Dinos a minute into the second quarter with a 19-yard kick.
Calgary once again penetrated the Huskie front line in the third quarter blocking their second field goal of the game.
Saskatchewan looked crisp as they game began, scoring on their opening drive of the game. A 31-yard Dexter Janke run set up a 15-yard Drew Burko to Charlie Power touchdown pass and the home squad jumped out to an early lead.
Despite the quick start, Saskatchewan could not find the end zone again on the night failing to gather any momentum in the second half to finish with just 100 yards rushing on the game to Calgary’s 268.
Burko completed 17-of-38 pass attempts for 269 yards including one touchdown and one interception. Dexter Janke rushed for a team high 57 yards on 10 carries, while Garrett Burgess led the receiving corps with 91 yards on six receptions.
Kolodzinski went 1-for-2 on field goals hitting from 42 yards in the second quarter. Mark went 3-for-3 on the night hitting from 19, 23, and 34 for the Dinos.
Buckley completed 23-of-48 attempts for 355 yards with two interceptions and one touchdown. Rashaun Simonise caught six passes for 145 yards to lead the Dinos while Brett Blaszko and Michael Klukas caught five passes for 69 yards and 49 yards respectively.
Both Saskatchewan and Calgary will rest with the league-wide bye next week. The Dinos return to action on October 18, hosting the University of Regina Rams.
Saskatchewan also returns to the field on October 18 hosting the Manitoba Bisons.