MONTREAL – Keegan Treloar kicked a game-winning 45-yard field with 27 seconds remaining as Concordia rallied from a 13-point deficit to edge McGill 30-28 in the 28th annual Montreal Shrine Bowl at Concordia Stadium, Saturday.
It put an end to a difficult season for the Redmen, who finished with a 1-8 record overall, including an 0-8 mark in RSEQ play.
Despite the drama of a thrilling finish, the game was marred by a combined 34 penalties for a whopping 170 yards of real estate.
McGill, which dressed a roster featuring 25 first-year players, including 17 true freshmen, jumped into an 18-5
With less than five minutes remaining in the second quarter, largely on the strength a pair of one-yard TD runs by Raphael Casey and Pelle Jorgen.
But the Stingers got untracked when Olivier Dupont – who rushed for a game-high 113 yards on 19 carries –
scored on a three-yard run with 52 seconds left in the half and Jordan McLaren jumped on a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, in the endzone, to take a 22-18 lead into the intermission.
McGill regained the lead late in the third stanza when freshman quarterback dove into the endzone on a one-yard plunge at 11:15, then added a safety for a 28-22 advantage.
Treloar took over in the final stanza, adding a pair of field goals, sandwiched around a safety, to finished with a dozen points. He went 3-for-3 in field-goal attempts, connecting from 13, 15 and 45 yards, added a pair of conversions and a rouge on a lengthy kickoff. He averaged 65.7 yards on three kickoffs
Concordia had a 347-313 advantage in net yards, with a 26-25 margin in first downs.
Francois Dussureault, the Stingers pivot, completed 18 of 38 passing attempts for 279 yards, no TDs and no interceptions. His favourite target was Shayne Stinson, who snared seven balls for 120 yards.
For McGill, Houle was 20-for-39 passing for 211 yards and three interceptions.
Louis Brouillette led McGill in receiving with six catches for 60 yards. Casey was the team’s leading rusher with 80 yards on 22 carries.
Concordia finished tied with Sherbrooke for the last two playoff spots in the six-team RSEQ conference but the Vert & Or hold the tie-breaker on point differential in the two-game series that they split. So the fourth-place Stingers will travel to No.1-ranked Laval in a semifinal next Saturday. Laval, which were upset 13-9 by Montreal Saturday, finished at 7-1. The other RSEQ semi will feature third-seeded Sherbrooke (5-3) in Montreal against the Carabins (7-1).
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