Calgary contrived to lose when it had a 350-yard passer (Erik Glavic), a receiver who was uncoverable (Anthony Parker, whose nine receptions for 187 yards was a game high) and the game's leading rusher (Matt Walter, who had 19 rushes for a game-high 108).
Who knows the root cause. The Calgary Herald is calling it an "implosion" and a "vanishing act," which is the media's prerogative when a team loses after being up 18 points at the half (no team had ever come from behind from more than 12 down at the half).
It's not clear what happened. Calgary had some grievous errors, and not all necessarily in the first half:
- Settling for field goals: Calgary started second-quarter drives at the Queen's 51, 31 and 48 and got nine points.
- Clock management: Calgary burned both its timeouts before the three-minute mark of the third quarter, which came back to haunt them late in the game when Queen's ran off the final 3:01. (on the live blog, Andrew Bucholtz wondered if Blake Nill had gone to the Andy Reid School of Game Management.)
There was the odd ending to the first half, where Parker caught a pass around the Queen's 40 and sprinted to the sideline instead of just going to a knee to stop the clock (which ironically, Queen's tight end Chris Ioannides did to set up a game-winning field goal vs. Guelph in September). Time had run out by the time Parker stepped into touch, costing Calgary a chance at a makeable field goal.
- Blown red-zone opportunities: Calgary actually did well going into the wind in the third quarter, but a blocked 17-yard field goal try and a Glavic pass that hung in the air and was intercepted by Queen's Matt Vickers left them empty-handed.
Queen's Ben D'Andrea was given credit for the block. D'Andrea (No. 26) also was in on the hit that caused Richard Snyder's decisive fumble, although on the stat sheet it said Alex Daprato (No. 28).
- Drive-killing sacks: The strip sack in the third quarter hurt Calgary ... but what might have hurt more was the 14-yard sack Glavic took on the drive after Queen's had gone ahead 26-25. Calgary had to punt and after a good return by Jim-my All-in!, Queen's went 74 yards for the winning Marty Gordon TD.
Dinos lament Vanier vanishing act; Calgary loses grip on football title after second-half implosion (Rito Mingo, Calgary Herald)