KEEP AN EYE ON THIS WEEKEND:
– JOHNNY MARK, KICKER, CALGARY (Calgary at Alberta, Saturday 1 pm MT, CanadaWest.TV): Going into the final regular season game of his university career, the fifth-year kicker from Peterborough, Ont., is already the all-time CIS leader in career field goals (87) and points (516), two standards he set over the course of this season. With 22 field goals and a Canada West-record 125 points after 7 games this fall, he is 4 field goals and 25 points shy of the CIS single-season records in those categories (26 FGs: Daniel Ferraro, Guelph, 2014 / 150 points: Paul Brule, StFX, 1967). The CIS record for most points in a season by a kicker who didn’t play any other position is 130 (Lirim Hajrullahu, Western 2013). NOTE: Mark’s personal best in a single game was set earlier this season, on Sept. 26, when he scored 24 points against Regina.
– ANDREW BUCKLEY, QUARTERBACK, CALGARY (Calgary at Alberta, Saturday 1 pm MT, CanadaWest.TV): Could the CIS single-season record for most passing yards fall for the second time in seven days? Going into the Dinos’ regular season finale, Buckley has 2,699 yards through the air and needs 437 to break the new national standard of 3,136 set last Saturday by Ottawa’s Derek Wendel. Buckley, whose personal best is 512 yards against Manitoba in 2013 (Sept. 20), has thrown for at least 437 yards in a game three times already this season, including 478, 468 and 452-yard performances. The reigning Hec Crighton Trophy winner from Calgary could accomplish another rare feat on Saturday has he has yet to throw an interception this season (16-0 TD-to-interception ratio).
– MATHIEU BETTS, DL, LAVAL (Laval at McGill, Saturday 1 pm ET, StretchTV) & JESSE ST. JAMES, DL, ACADIA (Saint Mary’s at Acadia, Saturday 2 pm AT, Bell Aliant FibreOP TV1 & AUStv.ca): Betts, a rookie from Montreal, and St. James, a senior from Pincourt, Que., both enter their conference finale with 11 quarterback sacks in 7 games, only 1.5 shy of the CIS single-season record of 12.5 held jointly since 2012 by McMaster’s Ben D’Aguilar (in 8 games) and Montreal’s Jean-Samuel Blanc (over an extended 9-game RSEQ schedule). Betts, who registered a team-record 4 sacks last Saturday against nationally-ranked Sherbrooke, already holds the CIS mark for most sacks by a rookie.
CIS & CONFERENCE FOOTBALL RECORDS:
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