Saturday, September 19, 2015
HUSKIES 33 RAMS 18
SASKATOON, Sask. - The University of Regina Rams fell to 0-3 on the season after suffering a 33-18 loss to Saskatchewan on Friday night at Griffiths Stadium in Saskatoon on Support Our Troops Night.
The Rams opened the scoring with a nine-play, 95-yard drive capped by a short Atlee Simon two-yard touchdown run nine minutes into the first quarter, but Saskatchewan (1-2) scored the next 19 points to take the lead for good.
Andrew Fabian’s short field goal brought the Rams to within 19-10 at halftime, but that was as close as they would come. Touchdowns by Shane Buchanan and Mitch Hillis made it a three-score game and though Mitchell Picton had a 37-yard catch-and-run for a late touchdown, that would be the last scoring play of the night.
Noah Picton completed 28 of his 43 passes for 422 yards, with four of his receivers ending up with six catches apiece - including Riley Wilson, who led all players with a career-high 141 receiving yards. Richard Sindani, Mitchell Picton, and Mitch Thompson also had six catches. The Rams had 472 offensive yards to Saskatchewan's 469, marking the third time in as many games this season that they've outgained their opponents but lost.
Grey McKen recorded the Rams’ first sack of the season - and the first of his career - while Zack McEachern forced a turnover late in the game after stripping Buchanan of the ball.
The schedule doesn’t get any easier for the Rams, who will prepare to host the top-ranked team in the nation next Saturday afternoon as Calgary pays a visit to Mosaic Stadium. The Dinos are coming off an 80-18 stomping of the Alberta Golden Bears.
(Courtesy Braden Konschuh)