Alberta Golden Bears at UBC Thunderbirds – Game Preview


Saturday, October 17 – Thunderbird Stadium

Kickoff at 2 pm PT


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In a rematch from two weeks ago, the UBC Thunderbirds (3-2) return home to take on the Alberta Golden Bears (2-3) after a 39-21 victory on the road against the same Golden Bears prior to the bye week.

Despite the cold, the T-Birds played well on both sides of the ball en route to the win. Quarterback Michael O’Connor finished the day with 21-of-32 completed for 203 yards and two touchdown passes, while Will Watson led the receivers with 5 receptions for 54 yards and also added two carries for 72 yards. On the ground, Brandon Deschamps led the team with 16 carries for 88 yards and a score. On defence, Mitchell Barnett and Taylor Loffler led the team once again with seven solo tackles each and a sack and a forced fumble, respectively. On special teams, Quinn Van Gylswyk once again showed composure, making five of six field goal attempts and also completing both PATs.

For the Golden Bears, Brad Baker had similar passing statistics completing 20-of-33 attempts for 207 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception, while also rushing six times for 35 yards and a score in the loss. The leading rusher of the game was Ed Illnicki, who punched in 18 carries for a game high 92 yards and also caught two passes for 18 yards and a score, while Tylor Henry led the team with six catches for 91 yards. On defence, Josh Taitinger led the team with eleven tackles (nine solo), while Connor Ralph and Gregory Ralph also racked up the stops with nine tackles each.

The Thunderbirds are currently ranked second in Canada West with a 3-2 record along with the University of Manitoba, while the Golden Bears trail closely behind with a 2-3 record. This rematch is just as important as it was last week in determining who will come out with a favourable standing in the conference as the season slowly winds to a close with only two more games remaining in the season after this weekend.

Will the Golden Bears get their revenge on the road? Or will the Thunderbirds soar once again to hold onto the number 2 spot in the Canada West conference? Find out Saturday!