- It is too early to start talking about tiebreakers in the OUA, but Ottawa and McMaster (both 4-2) do not play each other. Ottawa having games left vs. York and Windsor means McMaster's three-point edge in point differential (+80 to the Gee-Gees' +77) likely will not last.
- Apparently snow in October brings the Saskatchewan Huskies out of hibernation. Getting Scott McHenry back helped them roll up 477 yards (269 rushing) in a 44-7 win over UBC, which might playing out the string.
- Regina's defence was the difference in a last-minute 26-24 win over Simon Fraser with a blocked punt, interception and two long fumble returns, the latter of which accounted for their only second-half scoring prior to Perri Scarcelli's 36-yard game-winning field goal.
- Simon Fraser (2-4) needs to find a league where holding the opposing team below 275 yards two weeks in a row might mean winning at least one games.
- Ottawa scoring 50 points and 714 yards on No. 9 Guelph counts as a FU game. Some felt the Gee-Gees were snubbed in Top 10 voting. McMaster got the 10th spot, but any SoUA school would suffice.
- Any and all arguments Brad Sinopoli is a more dangerous dual threat QB than Guelph's Justin Dunk should be entertained. Guelph's defence did not put up any fight, but Sinopoli's 53-yard against-the-grain touchdown run Sinopoli in the first quarter of Ottawa's 50-26 win is up there with any of Dunk's greatest hits.
- No.9-not-for-long Guelph has given up exactly 1,300 yards in two visits to Eastern Ontario this season. It's small wonder their recruiters were at a high school showcase in Ottawa on the day before the game.
- No. 6 St. FX is 5-0 after a 21-10 win at Acadia, but someone should put out an APB for its ground game. Forty rushing yards against a 1-4 team?
Notes and shallow, fairly obvious observations are below the jump.
Ottawa 50, No. 9 Guelph 26 — One sum-it-up is that Brad Sinopoli almost rushed for more yards (107) than his counterpart Justin Dunk had passing (118).
Sinopoli passed 33 times for 342 yards, near-identical numbers to what he put up at Laurier on Oct. 3. Cyril Adjeitey (10 receptions, 191 yards, three TDs) was just impossible for Guelph to cover 1-on-1.
Since Ottawa had 714 yards offence, no one is going to talk about its defence, but coordinator Mike White's group did a number on Dunk. Their linebacking group, players such as Mike Cornell and Trevor Seal, along with the outside rushers such as B'Jay Willan and Youcef Lekadir, did a great job tracking Dunk. Time and again, Dunk would be itching to run out of the pocket, no one open, and end up having to throw into coverage.
Ottawa, in less than optimum conditions (rainy and windy), scored 41 points in the first 2½ quarters. Guelph just had little rush on Sinopoli and when it did get one, he would be off and running. The 53-yarder mentioned up top was a designed run. Sinopoli faked to Jordan Wilson-Ross going off left tackle, rolled in that direction, cut across the field and was running free.
Ottawa (4-2) controls its own destiny. Apparently they proved they can win at home, too, eh, Guelph Mercury sports editor Rob Massey?
The Gryphons (3-3) still have Laurier (at home) and McMaster (on the road). Each of those teams still has to face Windsor. Guelph's still on par with those teams. Finishing sixth would likely also mean a return to Ottawa for the playoffs.
No. 7 Saskatchewan 44, UBC 7 — One sequence in the first half illustrated what d-back Bryce McCall means to the Green Dogs. Saskatchewan's second TD was set up by McCall making a tackle inside the 10 on special teams (Grant Shaw netted 45 yards on the punt) and then making an interception to give the Huskies offence a short field.
Huskies Football Outsider should have a lot to say about the game. This result might have been about 50% Saskatchewan being good, 25% the nasty weather and 25% UBC being a rather callow team.
No. 6 St. Francis Xavier 21, Acadia 10 — X defensive back Reilly Penner better have Acadia QB Keith Lockwood on his Christmas-card list, since he's burned him for a pick-six twice in two weeks. X's defence, with David Skillen and Nathaniel Annan each making two sacks, was very, very good.
Henoc Muamba, one of X's best defenders, did not have a tackle. That's odd.
A post-game talking point might be how the one element of X's game from the past two seasons, the rushing attack, remains in absentia. James Green was held to less than two yards per carry, with young linebacker Jake Thomas (8½ tackles) turning a nice effort for the Axemen.
Regina 26, Simon Fraser 24 — It would figure the only game not involving a ranked team would be the best one, eh? Marc Mueller moved the Rams 54 yards in the final minutes, with Jordan Sisco making two big catches, to set up Perri Scarcelli's 38-yard FG with 44 seconds left.
Simon Fraser had a nearly 180-yard edge in total offence, but giving up a blocked punt and interception to Rams linebacker Bruce Anderson and later fumbling on back-to-back possessions cost the Clan the game. Regina, which trailed 17-1 at one point, won with only 269 yards' offence.
Mike Kerr had a 43-yard scoop-and-score which put Regina ahead for the first time, while Steve Famulak returned one 35 yards to set up a field goal. The conditions (minus-4C at game time) probably were a factor, but it's cold for both teams.
It is understood Simon Fraser tries to run a balanced attack. Gabe Ephard (12 rushes, 128 yards) was again their most effective runner, but didn't get that many touches.
No. 5 Western 64, York 6 — It's pretty self-explanatory. One big takeaway was the Mustangs didn't roll up big rushing stats.
Nathan Riva got his 13th touchdown on the season, but was held to 16 rushing yards. Most of Da'Shawn Thomas' 75 yards came after the issue was decided.
No. 10 McMaster 21, U of T 3 — Nice work by Marauders coach Stefan Ptaszek to note "this one could have used some lipstick" and remind us all how much better we are without Sarah Palin tainting our collective unconsciousness.
Those who don't believe Mac merits a national ranking certainly got some ammo. U of T played them tough for the second season in a row (it was 27-19 last season) but were held without a TD for the third time this fall. Drew Meerveld's 11-reception, 153-yard night gives him an OUA-best 39 catches.