Football: Dinos punch their ticket back to the Vanier

For the second consecutive season the Calgary Dinos will be playing for the Vanier Cup thanks to their convincing 35-8 victory over the Saint Mary's Huskies in Saturday's Mitchell Bowl.

Leading only 8-0 at the half after failing to capitalize on SMU turnovers in the first, the Dinos turned it on offensively in the second thirty minutes scoring 17 points to secure a berth in the national final next weekend where they'll meet the Laval Rouge et Or.

The win over SMU marked the second straight season in which the Dinos earned their way to the Vanier Cup with a win over the Huskies after last year's 38-14 win in Halifax.

Steven Lumbala was the big man offensively for the Dinos on the ground, rushing for 127 yards and a touchdown.

In his final game at home, fifth-year senior Erik Glavic made it a day to remember with 263 yards through the air and three touchdowns to keep his Vanier Cup dreams alive.

On the defensive side of the ball, Michael Lau had a pair of interceptions including a brilliant diving snag in the Calgary endzone in the first half. Lau's two picks were part of six SMU turnovers on the day - with one of those turnovers coming via a failed third down conversion.

It was a dominant win for Calgary on home field in front of a frozen crowd at McMahon Stadium in the Stampede City, with the temperature at kickoff hovering around the -17C mark.

Calgary will now travel to Quebec City for next weekend's Vanier Cup game against Laval who won in a nail biter earlier in the day with a 13-11 victory over Western.
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