Huskies hunt for slim home playoff chance

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October 23, 2013, Regina (ISN) – With a slim chance for a home playoff date, the University of Saskatchewan Huskies will look to do what they can in the three piece puzzle against provincial rival the University of Regina Rams in the final regular season game of the 2013 Canada West football season at Mosaic Stadium in Regina.

Game Date: Saturday, October 26, 2013, 1pm

Game Location: Mosaic Stadium, Regina

Live Radio Broadcast: CK 750,www.ck750.com

Live Television Broadcast: Shaw Cable

Live Webcast: canadawest.tv

Live Stats: canadawest.tv

BROADCAST INFO

Kickoff is 1 p.m. local time on Saturday. The game is also available live on CK750 or www.ck750.com or via webcast at canadawest.tv. It can also be watched on Shaw Cable.

THE HEADLINES

  • Stuck in a three-way tie in the Canada West standings, Saskatchewan can still secure a home postseason date for the first time since 2010. In the event of a three-way tie between the Huskies, Manitoba Bisons and UBC Thunderbirds following the final games of the season, Saskatchewan would secure second place based on their regular season record among the tied teams.
  • For a three way tie to occur, the Huskies, Manitoba Bisons and UBC Thunderbirds would need to close out the season with wins in the final games of the season.
  • Saskatchewan could finish second, third or fourth depending on the outcomes of the final games of the season.
  • Canada West playoff games will be played: Friday, November 1 (3rd @ 2nd) and Saturday, November 2 (4th @ Calgary).
  • Saskatchewan (No. 10) is one of three Canada West teams to hold a spot in the CIS Top 10. Calgary (No. 3) and Manitoba (No. 9) join the Huskies in the national rankings.
  • 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.
  • Huskie kicker Denton Kolodzinski leads the Canada West with 17 made field goals and is 5-for-6 in kicks coming from 40-49 yards. He is just three field goals shy of breaking the Huskie Athletics single season record.

RAMS/HUSKIES SERIES

Since 2001, the Huskies are 18-6 against the Rams in conference action, but Regina has won two of the last three contests between the rivals. Saskatchewan won the first meeting between the two 40-33 with a touchdown in the final six minutes.

NO. 10 UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (4-3)

Next Week: Playoffs, TBD

Looking to stop a two game losing streak, the Huskies will hope to work out kinks against the Rams on the road before the Canada West postseason.

Scoring just three touchdowns with only one of those from the pass in the skid, Saskatchewan hopes to find the end zone with more ease against the Rams. Moving the ball up the field hasn’t been the problem for the Drew Burko led offence. The second-year quarterback averages 299 yards per game, completing 61 per cent of his passes. His main targets Garrett Burgess, Kit Hillis and Mitch Stevens have combined for 1,520 yards but just five touchdowns.

In the 33-26 loss to the Manitoba Bisons last week, the Huskies held on to a 10-6 lead at halftime. Tied at 26 with eight minutes left, Jordan Yantz was able to march the Bisons to a 28-yard touchdown pass with under five minutes left. Saskatchewan looked like they may tie the game back but Burko was intercepted at the Manitoba 30 to end the hopes.

Despite the loss, the Huskies defence continued to impress. Third-year linebacker Dane Bishop leads the Huskies 29 tackles, while fifth-year defensive lineman Joel Seutter, who sat out the game against the Bisons, has 5.5 sacks on the season.

Saskatchewan’s defence continues to lead the Canada West with 22 sacks.

UNIVERSITY OF REGINA RAMS (2-5)

Next Week: No playoffs

Sitting on the outside looking in, the Regina Rams will look to spoil the Huskies home playoff dream.

Regina suffered a 46-27 loss on the road in Week 7 to the Calgary Dinos.

Down by 10 heading into the final quarter, the Rams couldn’t hold off the potent Dinos’ run game and leading scorer Mercer Timmis. Calgary outscored Regina 17-6 in the frame for the win.

Regina quarterback Cayman Shutter has been consistent completing 158-of-280 passes for 2,184 yards and 12 touchdowns. Addison Richards, Jared Janottta and Kolten Solomon have received the bulk of the passes combining for 1,665 yards and eight touchdowns.

In the first meeting between the Huskies and Rams in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan jumped out to a 32-7 lead at halftime. Regina found their stride in the second half tying the game four minutes into the fourth quarter on a fumble recovery in the end zone. The Huskies squeaked out the 40-33 win on a seven-yard pass to Mitch Stevens at 8:16 in the game.

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