Saturday, November 28, 10 am PT – Telus Stadium, Quebec City
Kickoff at 10 am PT
Watch on Sportsnet
Photo Credit: UBC Thunderbirds
The UBC Thunderbirds are just one win away from capping their surprise season with a national title as they head to la belle province to compete for the coveted Vanier Cup against the defending champion, Montreal Carabins.
In last week’s Uteck Bowl, the Thunderbirds beat the St. Francis Xavier X-Men by a score of 36-9 to punch their ticket to their first Vanier Cup appearance since 1997. In the win, pivot Michael O’Connor completed 21-of-31 passes for 290 yards and threw two touchdown passes to Trivel Pinto. Pinto finished with four receptions for 73 yards, while Marcus Davis finished with five catches for 60 yards to round out the top receivers on the night. Brandon Deschamps got the Uteck Bowl MVP honours after rushing 20 times for 129 yards and a touchdown and will be a key player once again for the Thunderbirds. Defensively, the Thunderbirds recorded three interceptions with Terrell Davis, Taylor Loffler, and Stavros Katsantonis recording one each, while Terrell Davis led the team with four solo and four assisted tackles. On special teams, Quinn van Gylswyk made four of five field goal attempts in the win and will be a player that the Thunderbirds know they can count on.
The defending Vanier Cup champions, the Carabins, are coming off a 25-10 win over the Guelph Gryphons. In last week’s win, the team was led by Gabriel Cousineau, who completed 18-of-27 passes for 181 yards and a touchdown to Philip Enchill, who finished with four catches for 65 yards. On the ground, Sean Thomas-Erlington led the way with 23 carries for 179 yards and a score. On defence, Maiko Zepeda, Junior Luke and Mathieu Dupuis all contributed to the Carabins’ three sacks, while Zacary Alexis, Junior Luke, and Frédéric Chagnon all recorded an interception. Kicker David Deschamps was consistent all day, making all three of his field goal attempts to help the Carabins advance to back-to-back appearances in the Vanier Cup.
Can the Thunderbirds overcome last year’s returning Vanier Cup champions, or will midnight strike on their Cinderella run? All eyes will be at Telus Stadium on Saturday, and it’s a game you won’t want to miss! Catch it on Sportsnet at 10 am PT.