It was a well played game but we lost. Certainly our players and coaches deserve praise for planning and playing a great game. Some people thought I was too positive in my assessment of the game in Windsor last week. But the positives I saw in the Windsor game are part of what they built on to come up with this solid effort today.
- We lost the turnover battle to Western – 3-1. A fumble on our 35 yard line led to a Western TD.
- Perhaps the most costly mistake – a blown coverage that led to the game winning TD.
- Western was able to draw our DL offside four times.
- Not much production from the rushing game – 75 yards. But there were some big first down pickups. Enough that the UWO defence could not ingore the run.
- The offence scored three TDs for the second straight game. Jazz Lindsey was excellent, passing for 330 yards. He spread it around with seven different receivers each catching two or more passes.
- The O-Line had a solid game. Matt Richardson, a four year starter at Guard, played RT for the first time in his OUA career and did it well.
- The offence picked up 23 first downs, the non-Waterloo season high. That helped to keep our defence fresh. Western’s big O-Line and running game did not take over and dominate late in the game as they had against other teams.
- The front 7 on D were outstanding. Western RB Tyler Varga was held to gains of 2 yds or less 10 times. They got pressure on the QB including 3 sacks for -17 yards (Millar 2, Thompson).
- On specials, our coverage and return teams were significantly superior to Western’s. We nearly doubled their average punt return and KO return averages.
- Daniel Ferraro had his best game of the year. While his punts were not huge (avg 33 yds) they were consistent and had improved hangtime. He was perfect on FGs (37 & 42 yds) and PATs.
Check out the CIS website for complete game stats.
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I mentioned the shift of Matt Richardson from RG to RT. That move was made to get freshman Matt Nesbitt his first start on the O-Line at RG. Nesbitt played at DT vs Waterloo and saw a little bit of action at OT late in Windsor game.
Perhaps the more notable personnel changes were on defence. The linebacking corps was reworked with the goal of getting a bigger lineup on the field to defend against the run. Jake Reinhart was shifted from the middle to the Sam LB position and once again he led the team in tackles – 5 solo, 8 assists. Freshman John Rush was inserted at the Mac LB and responded with 2 tackles, 12 assists. He also recovered a fumble. Curtis Rukavina, recovered from a shoulder injury, got his first start of the season at the Will LB spot. He had 4 assists.
After splitting carries amongst three tailbacks in the first four games Rob Farquarson seems to be coaches’ choice going forward. He is the only TB to touch the ball in the past two games. I hadn’t seen much of Farquarson as a pass catcher prior to yesterday when he picked up 35 yards on 3 catches. A shovel pass was the big gainer.
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Video highlights from thescore.com: http://video.thescore.com/embed/uwo-33-gue-29