Realty One

Sunday, October 29, 2017


VANCOUVER – The University of Regina Rams never recovered from a second-quarter outburst by UBC, ending up on the losing end of a 44-15 score on Saturday afternoon as both teams closed out the Canada West schedule at Thunderbird Stadium.

The victory gives UBC second place in the Canada West standings, and the right to host the Rams next Saturday, Nov. 4 (3:00 PM PDT) in the conference semifinals.

The Rams led 5-0 after the opening quarter, but UBC turned the tide before halftime – and in a big way. After a Ben Cummings touchdown gave the Thunderbirds the lead, UBC scored two more majors in the span of 31 seconds. UBC took advantage of starting on Regina’s 39-yard line and finished off a short drive with a Michael O’Connor pass to Alex Morrison from 10 yards out. The Rams fumbled on the ensuing kickoff return, and the Thunderbirds were back in the end zone on the very next play when O’Connor hit Trivel Pinto for a 30-yard touchdown.

UBC added two more touchdowns in the final minute of the second quarter, including a 62-yard pass from O’Connor to Morrison and a one-yard plunge by backup pivot Cole Meyer on the final play of the half. All told, UBC scored 35 points in that second quarter and ended any chance of a Rams comeback with another Meyer touchdown midway through the third.

The loss overshadowed a monumental accomplishment by Rams running back Atlee Simon, who became the University of Regina’s all-time leader in rushing yards. Simon finished the game with 115 yards, enough for him to pass Neal Hughes’ career total of 2934 yards which had stood as the school record since Hughes’ last game in a U of R uniform in 2003.

Noah Picton completed 13 of his 18 passes for 106 yards, but gave way to redshirt freshman Seb Britton for almost the entire second half. Britton was 8-for-15, finishing with 100 yards including a five-yard touchdown pass to Thomas Huber for his first career touchdown and what would be the only major of the game for the U of R. Huber finished as the U of R’s top receiver, registering career highs in both catches (7) and receiving yards (71).

Nicholas Dheilly led the Rams defensively with two sacks, which came on back-to-back UBC possessions in the first quarter. Dheilly, who also had a pass breakup, ties the school single-season sacks record of 6½ set by Akiem Hicks back in 2011.

NOTES: Simon ends the season with 914 rushing yards, the fourth most by a Rams player in the program’s 19 years at the university level ... with one season of eligibility still remaining, Simon has 2943 career rushing yards ... fifth-year slotback Mitchell Picton caught four passes for 23 yards in the final conference game of his career ... Picton finishes as the U of R’s all-time leader in touchdown catches (24), third in school history in career receiving yards (2341), and fourth in career receptions (169).

(Braden Konschuh/U of R Athletics)


Anonymous said...

It'll be much the same next week, d-line can't stop the run and the o-line can't give Picton enough time.

Anonymous said...

Don't you see? It is a scheme to lull BC into sleep. The real Rams will pour it on and eliminate them next week.Great plan Go Rams

Anonymous said...

good try fellas

Anonymous said...

Not much really changes with the Rams. It's all about talent and coaching. Unfortunately the Rams fall terribly short in those two key areas. Same old…same old.

Anonymous said...

Scruffy please give up the Noah Picton CFL push. He is a great CIS player but nowhere near CFL caliber.

Anonymous said...

There isn't enough players with the size and talent in sask to play the offensive and defensive lines for 2 university level teams, especially for the depth you need at those positions.