Big story of the day is Manitoba's upset of the Thunderbirds, in Vancouver, 31 to 24. ("Upset" meaning "I didn't expect this." But what do I know.) With seven minutes left, UBC was down just by six (23-17) but according to Howard Tsumura, "a roughing penalty to UBC on the ensuing kickoff literally paved the way for a six-yard [Nic] Demski scoring run." Literally.
Montreal handled Sherbrooke quite easily, mostly through the air, in winning 38-14. As Deux Fans point out, they stopped Rotrand Sené (is this the first game recap from the team that hasn't mentioned his name?) but they did not stop Alexandre Nadeau-Piuze and the rest of the passing game, as Nadeau-Piuze became the most prolific passer in Carabins history.
Calgary's win over Regina was mostly good, writes the Herald's Kristen Odland, but also some areas for development: a few too many flags, miscommunication among a CFL draft pick-laden offensive line, and a couple of missed field goals "including a 32-yarder with the wind."
The Stingers held a 20-point lead at the half over Bishop's, and then the Gaiters conceded two safeties in the second half, so it was that kind of day for teams in the Eastern Townships. The second quarter began with a 103-yard touchdown pass from Reid Quest to Kris Bastien — you won't see that in the NFL.
No word yet on how UBC will manage to play their remaining home games on a field literally covered in asphalt.
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