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Friday, September 1, 2017

RAMS OPEN WITH 36-20 WIN OVER UBC


REGINA, Sask.
– The University of Regina Rams opened up the Canada West schedule with a convincing win in a battle of top-ten teams, taking a 36-20 victory over UBC on Friday night at Mosaic Stadium.

After a quiet first quarter, the No. 5-ranked Rams (1-0) scored twice in the first half of the second with a Kyle Moortgat touchdown reception and a short Atlee Simon rush for a major and never looked back. The Rams led 16-4 at the half, and took complete control in the third after a Mitch Thompson touchdown catch and a Tyler Vieira plunge from one yard out to go up 33-6 late in the quarter.

The usual suspects drove the Regina offence in the win. Noah Picton completed 23 of his 35 pass attempts for 335 yards and two touchdowns, while Mitchell Picton was the game’s leading receiver with six receptions for 120 yards. Cole Benkic and Polis Koko both had interceptions for the Regina defence, while linebacker Nick Cross – the first Rams rookie to start a season opener right out of high school since Jamir Walker in 2008 – led all players with 7½ tackles including a sack and also had a pass breakup.

Simon, who finished with 14 carries for 63 yards, became the University of Regina’s all-time leader in rushing touchdowns. He entered the season tied with Rams legend Neal Hughes with 17, but pulled ahead of Hughes with his second-quarter rumble from two yards out.

The Rams will now prepare for a big Week 2 road game next Friday at No. 4 Calgary, which also won its season opener on Friday night with a 55-26 victory at Alberta. UBC will be back on the West Coast next weekend with a Saturday home game against UBC.

(Courtesy Braden Konschuh/U of R Athletics)

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is going to be a fun year for the Univetsity of Regina's football team. 1st year in the new Stadium. A team that 2 years ago couldn't buy a Victory. Now they are competing for top spot. I'm so happy that McCrystals replacement 1 year, winless head coach Mike Gibson packed up and headed to the EE after that horrible year. Talk about a guy way out of his element.
Steve Bryce was the perfect replacement. Who knows, maybe the Rams needed a dud 1st to show everything and then give what was needed to Bryce to be successful. The talent was there. Steve brought it together and unintentionally but very effectively showed Gibson just how poor of a job he had done.
I'm proud of how this was turned around so quickly.
Go Rams Go... Lets win it all this year.

Regina Rams proud fan

Anonymous said...

swell job

Anonymous said...


Heard you and Scruffy talking about fan attendance last night while heading to the game. I agree!

CIS football is so undervalued it isn't funny. Fans had a chance last night to see Noah Picton, Atlee Simon, Mitch Picton, Nick Daley, Nick Cross and Danny Nesbitt. 6 guys who should get a CFL opportunity and in Mitch's case will likely star.

UBC had some CFL ready players as well. As CFL fans, we seem to stick our nose in the air and look down at the guys who will become Canadian household names until they become a CFL'er. That attitude has to stop not only here, but across Canada.

Jim S/Moose Jaw

Anonymous said...

Very impressed with the play of Nick Cross. He is headed for a fabulous career with the Rams.

Anonymous said...

what was the attendance last night?

Anonymous said...

The problem with CIS football is not the talent of the players, but the lack of talent of the officiating crews. To think these guys are the next generation of CFL officials.

Anonymous said...

For once, Regina has a decent team.

3RD and 1 said...

I somehow had the 1st comment on here. My comment here is I am 110% in agreement with Jim S from Moose Juice comments.
No disrespect with my comment. Auto correct butchered the City name. So I am going to leave it. As It's unintentionally funny!