The #1 cliche I’ve heard or read with respect to this game: it was a tale of two halves. True no doubt but I think it makes more sense to look at it as four distinct quarters.
The simple version (mine anyways):
1st Q – Guelph dominates but only leads 7-0.
2nd Q – Guelph continues to play well, particularly on defence, but it begins to become worrisome that we can’t cash in more of our opportunities. 10-3 at the half.
3rd Q – Mac begins to show signs of life and momentum starts shifting their way. Guelph needed an offensive response that didn’t come. One good TD drive particularly if it was time consuming would have kept us very much in this game. In fact, if we could have mustered a TD instead of a FG it would have been tied at the end of 3. Instead Mac leads 17-13.
4th Q – The wheels come off. Mac dominates and puts up the points to prove it. That’s something we didn’t do when we were outplaying them in the first half. The 37-13 final is uglier than it should have been.
Links to coverge of the game (and some good photos):
Dept of Athletics press release: McMaster Spoils Guelph Homecoming
The Guelph Mercury game story: Gryphon football nightmare continues
CIS website: Box Score and Scoring Summary
The final result took some of the shine off of what was a great Homecoming event at Guelph. The record attendance of 9,500 was impressive. Whoever oversees the organization of the day deserves some credit for it coming off so smoothly. Perfect weather helped. The students were well behaved as far as I saw and put on an impressive show of school colours and spirit. And what’s up with UofG president Alistair Summerlee? Can’t he afford a pair of shoes? lol
The TV commentators on the Score recognized our collective efforts saying “Guelph now has the best Homecoming. It used to be Laurier … Guelph has had much better crowds for Homecoming the last 2 years.”