Football: Wrapping up the week that was

Nine stories from a weekend in CIS football:

  1. Down go the Dogs: No. 3 Saint Mary's loses at home to Saint Mary's in Blunder Bowl '08, and No. 4 Saskatchewan squanders a 16-point lead to lose 20-17 at Manitoba.
  2. Gentlemen, you will have to wait a week: Ottawa's Josh Sacobie and McGill's Matt Connell were each held below their usual yardage, meaning it will be a race next week to be the first man to pass for 10,000 yards in the CIS.

    Connell is 119 yards away, and has two games left to top up his totals. Sacobie is 239 yards away from the mark entering his final home game against U of T.

    Regina's Teale Orban, meantime, became the most prolific passer in Canada West history and is now up to 8,991 yards with two games left in his final season.
  3. Dinos take show on road: No. 6 Calgary completes a perfect home season with a 31-5 rout of Regina, getting a 200-yard game from Matt Walters. The Dinos have a return trip to Manitoba (3-3) and finish up at Alberta.
  4. Can West craziness: It's an old refrain, but any one of Calgary, Saskatchewan and Simon Fraser could finish first.
  5. Atlantic angst: AUS schools lose three crossover games by a combined 100 points. St. FX's main man, tailback James Green, suffers injury in the X-Men's cakewalk over McGill.
  6. Heeeeeeeeeeee's Groul-eat! Statgeeks squeal in delight -- Laval's Benoît Groulx improves his completion percentage to 77.7% with
  7. Luke and the Hawks: No. 10 Laurier has won four straight since decisive losses to OUA front-runners Western and Queen's early in the season. Super sophomore QB Luke Thompson throws for 355 yards and three TDs, and adds 76 yards and two more scores along the ground to help the Hawks hang half-a-hundred on McMaster. Are the young Hawks for real, or merely the best of the OUA's second tier?
  8. Gee, what happened? It wasn't the bike for Lance Armstrong and it isn't the injuries for Ottawa. The Gee-Gees have gone from being everyone's Yates Cup pick (present company included) to needing to beat U of T next week to be assured of an OUA playoff berth.

    Three more players -- left defensive end Ian Hazlett and receivers Alex Fortier-Labonte and Justin Wood-Roy -- were injured in a 22-point loss to Queen's.
  9. And introducing the Manitoba Bisons: The defending national champs survive four John Makie interceptions and a fumble recovered in the end zone for a touchdown to beat Saskatchewan. Their last two games are winnable (and loseable), so they might not miss the playoffs.
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