HUSKIES DEFEAT ALBERTA IN NON-CONFERENCE CONTEST
University of Saskatchewan running back Mark Klause scored a four-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to help solidify a 26-21 non-conference win over the University of Alberta Golden Bears Friday night in Saskatoon’s Griffiths Stadium.
The Huskies dominated the first half leading 16-0 into half time. Saskatchewan opened the scoring with 3:42 left in the first quarter on an eight-yard run by fifth-year running back Tyler O’Gorman and added to their score 7:46 into the second quarter when Grant Shaw hit a 29-yard field goal to make the game 9-0. The Huskies added seven more points when Braeden George caught a 24-yard pass from quarterback Trevor Barss with 56 seconds left in the half.
Alberta made headway in the third quarter scoring 12 unanswered points starting with a safety given up by Saskatchewan, a Shayne Samoli three-yard rushing touchdown and a 37-yard field goal by All-Canadian Hugh O’Neill. Up by just four points with 4:13 left in the third, Shaw hit a 42-yard field goal to extend the Huskies lead to seven. But Alberta answered back three minutes later with a 16-yard O’Neill field goal to end the third quarter.
Klause’s touchdown at 13:24 in the fourth extended the lead to 26-15, forcing Alberta to score twice for the victory. The Golden Bears came close adding a Jess Valleau 30-yard touchdown with no time left on the clock.
Huskie quarterbacks Laurence Nixon and Trevor Barss combined to complete 22-of-34 passes for 322 yards and two touchdowns. Rory Kolhert made eight receptions for 147 yards including a 56-yard catch to lead the Huskies. Julian Marchand and Quade Armstrong split duty for the Bears completing 24 of 35 passes for 391 yards with two interceptions and one touchdown. Ryan Meraw and Valleau each had 104 receiving yards for Alberta.
Earlier in the day, the Golden Bear and Huskie show teams faced off in a controlled scrimmage. The teams played two 15-minute quarters. Alberta scored a touchdown with 52 seconds left in the scrimmage to win 10-0.
The Huskies will open the 2009 Canada West football season against the reigning Hardy Cup champion University of Calgary Dinos next week for the second year in a row. Game time is 7 p.m. on September 4 at Griffiths Stadium.