If the Alberta Golden Bears came into the Hardy Cup as Cinderella, they left McMahon Stadium with their collective glass slipper smashed – into about 56 tiny pieces. The Calgary Dinos came out firing on all cylinders yesterday to capture their third consecutive Hardy Cup in convincing fashion with a 56-3 demolition of their provincial rivals to punch their ticket to the Mitchell Bowl.
The Dinos led from start to finish, with four of quarterback Erik Glavic's 14 completions going for touchdowns in a thorough rout of the Golden Bears. Canada West rookie of the year Eric Dzwilewski even got his feet wet with his playoff debut, coming into the game late in the third quarter to give Glavic the rest of the day off.
The game was all but over less than 30 minutes in, after Calgary scored majors on three consecutive offensive possessions in the second quarter to go up 31-1 before halftime had rolled around.
In a game the Bears put up a mere three points in – coming the way of a rouge, and a Calgary safety – finding positives is nearly impossible. Jason Hetherington had 10.5 tackles, but aside from his performance, finding a plus on the Alberta side is a tough task.
There's not much to say about this game other than the fact a team that went 3-5 during the regular season, and secured a miraculous win last week was outclassed by a better football team. The Bears were the talk of CIS football after their stunning win over Saskatchewan a week ago, but to think they could capture their first Hardy Cup since 1981 against a veteran, and battle tested Calgary team would've been a stretch. There's no doubt very few if any saw a result this lopsided coming, but given Calgary's dominance over the Bears over the last two seasons, the end result – a Calgary win – was far from shocking.
The Dinos will now prepare for the Mitchell Bowl, which they will host this Saturday at McMahon. Calgary will meet the AUS champions from Saint Mary's for the second consecutive season with a berth to the Vanier Cup on the line.