Rouge et Or score last 18 points to win Vanier Cup rematch

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Source: Ben Matchett, Calgary Assistant AthleticDirector, Operations & Communications / Photo credit MathieuBélanger

QUEBEC CITY – The University of Calgary Dinos hung withtheir eastern nemesis for the better part of three quarters, butthe defending national champions pulled ahead at the finish as theLaval Rouge et Or took a 35-23 non-conference victory in CISfootball action Saturday afternoon.

In front of more than 10,000 spectators at Stade TELUS-UL inQuebec City, the home side responded to a 12-yard Calgary touchdownrun by reigning Canada West MVP Mercer Timmis with a 100-yardpass-and-run TD by Benoit Gagnon-Brousseau on the very next play toput Laval up for good. The Rouge et Or scored the final 18 pointsof the game after Timmis’ TD had put Calgary up 23-17.

The Dinos return to Calgary Sunday to prepare for their firstregular season contest Friday night at McMahon Stadium, when theyhost the University of Alberta Golden Bears. It’s KICKOFF2014, the wrap-up party for the University of Calgary’sannual Fall Orientation Week, with tailgate festivities set to getunderway at 3:30 p.m. in the east parking lot. The Canada Westseason-opener is slated to begin just after 5:30 p.m., live onCanadaWest.tv.

Until the century-mark touchdown, the Dinos and Rouge et Or wentblow-for-blow, with five lead changes in the first three quarters.Calgary’s scores came courtesy Jake Harty on a 22-yard TDpass from Eric Dzwilewski in the firsts quarter, while BrettBlaszko hauled in an Andrew Buckley toss from 14 yards out late inthe opening half. Timmis’ second-half major and afirst-quarter safety conceded by Laval rounded out the scoring forthe Dinos.

“We held the lead at three different times in the game,but at the end we just weren’t able to close,” saidCalgary head coach Blake Nill. “That’s something wehave to learn to do. I could talk about positives for two hours,but we have to have the mindset that we’re going to finishthese games.”

Nill played both quarterbacks liberally through the first 45minutes, with Buckley and Dzwilewski trading places on a nearlyseries-by-series basis. And both put up solid numbers: Dzwilewskiwent 13-for-18 for 140 yards and one TD, while Buckley completed 11of 14 attempts for 124 yards and a major. After the game, Nillstopped short of naming his Week 1 starter.

“Both Eric and Andrew at times showed very well,” hesaid. “We will go over the film and make some decisions fornext week.”

The tandem of Blaszko and Harty combined for the lion’sshare of receptions for the Dinos, with Blaszko hauling in 8catches for 84 yards while Harty grabbed six catches for 68 yards.On the ground, Timmis gained 44 yards on eight carries while Hartyscampered for 43 yards on a trio of carries.

Defensively, Adam Konar and Cyril Iwanegbe each accounted for7.5 tackles for Calgary with Tanner Doll adding four.

“I thought overall the defence played reasonablywell,” said Nill. “We gave up three big plays that hurtus, but in between those we were right there.”

The Rouge et Or open RSEQ play next Saturday when they host theUniversité de Montréal Carabins.

SCORINGSUMMARY

1st Quarter
LAV – Hugo Richard 1-yard TD run (FélixFaubert-Lussier convert), 4:03, 7-0 LAV
CGY – TEAM safety, 8:03, 7-2 LAV
CGY – Jake Harty 22-yard TD pass from Eric Dzwilewski (JohnnyMark convert), 13:14, 9-7 CGY

2nd Quarter
LAV – Julian Bailey 21-yard TD pass from HugoRichard (Félix Faubert-Lussier convert), 5:03, 14-9 LAV
CGY – Brett Blaszko 14-yard TD pass from Andrew Buckley(Johnny Mark convert), 9:04, 16-14 CGY

3rd Quarter
LAV – Boris Bede 18-yard FG, 3:34, 17-16 LAV
CGY – Mercer Timmis 12-yard TD run (Johnny Mark convert),10:40, 23-17 CGY
LAV – Benoit Gagnon-Brousseau 100-yard TD pass from HugoRichard (Boris Bede convert), 11:13, 24-23 LAV
LAV – Boris Bede kickoff single, 11:15, 25-23 LAV

4th Quarter
LAV – Vincent Alarie-Tardif 1-yard TD run (BorisBede convert), 2:17, 32-23 LAV
LAV – Boris Bede 18-yard FG, 7:52, 35-23 LAV

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