Game Date: October 3, 2015, 1 p.m.
Game Location: McMahon Stadium, Calgary AB
Live Television Broadcast: N/A
In the first leg of a home-and-home series, the University of Saskatchewan Huskies travel to face the nation’s number one ranked team, the University of Calgary Dinos.
· Saskatchewan jumped back into the CIS Top 10 this week at No. 8 joining three other Canada West teams in the rankings. Calgary (No. 1), Manitoba (No. 6) and UBC (No. 10) join the Huskies in the national rankings.
· The game features two of the top offensive units in the CIS. Calgary ranks second in yards per game (716.8) while the Huskies sit 10th (476.8).
· The Huskies lead the Canada West in takeaways with 14 on the season. That total ranks third in the CIS.
· Saskatchewan last won in Calgary in September of 2010. The Dinos were ranked No. 1 in that contest.
· Huskie linebacker Justin Filteau was named CIS Defensive Player of the Week
· Dinos quarterback Andrew Buckley has won back-to-back CIS Offensive Player of the Week awards
· Huskie quarterback Drew Burko is steadily moving up the Huskie career passing leaderboards. Burko with 7057 career passing yards is less than 100 yards from moving into third and trails Huskie quarterbacks coach Laurence Nixon for second on the Huskie all-time list by 288 yards.
Saskatchewan has lost six straight to the Dinos, last winning in October of 2010. Thanks to that stretch, the Dinos have recaptured the series lead at 12-11 since 2000. The two programs have not met in Calgary since September of 2013.
NO. 1 UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY DINOS (4-0)
The University of Calgary Dinos 72-8 win over the Regina Rams showed just how prolific its offense is this season.
Without their number one option at tailback last week, the Dinos still managed to put up 72 points and go for over 700 yards of offense last week. Last year’s Hec Creighton Trophy winner and back-to-back CIS Offensive Player of the Week Andrew Buckley threw for 478 yards and four touchdowns in the win. Buckley leads the conference in passing with 369 yards per game.
Rashaun Simonise has been the top target for Buckley this season. Simonise caught four passes for 106 yards and two touchdowns last week adding to his league leading totals of 136.3 yards per game and five receiving majors.
Doctor Cassama has been the leader on an overlooked Dinos defensive unit. Casssama has 23.5 tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery. Robert Woodson leads a defense that allows a conference low 20 points per game, with three interceptions.
NO. 8 UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (2-2)
A ball hawking defensive unit has been key to the Huskies back-to-back wins. Saskatchewan leads the Canada West and is third in the nation in takeaways with 14 on the season. Chris Friesen leads the way with four interceptions with Brett Boechler right behind with three.
Linebacker Justin Filteau was named the CIS Defensive Player of the Week for his massive game in Vancouver. Filteau racked up 13.5 tackles and returned a turnover for a touchdown. Up front, Donovan Dale leads the conference with five sacks.
Veteran quarterback Drew Burko put together another solid game on the road completing 16-of-21 passes for 324 yards and a pair of touchdowns in Vancouver. Jarvis James was a last minute addition to the starting lineup last weekend, but showed he was up to the task ripping off 155 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries.
Slotback Mitch Hillis has become Burko’s favourite target this season. The third-year receiver had six catches for 153 yards in the win and is second in the conference in yards per game with 125.3.