Thoughts on the Laurier game & links

Jordan Thompson sacks WLU's Shane Kelly for 12 yard loss Photo: Rob Massey/Guelph Mercury

Disappointing.  Its a word I’ve used to describe several games this season and it works again here.  In fact, it pretty much sums up the season.  Don’t take that admission as a sign that I’m anything but positive about the future of this program.  There were lots of positives in this game but the bottom-line is we lost – we’re 2-6 and out of the playoffs.

The Negatives

  • We lost the turnover battle 4-1.  Our interceptions were at the Laurier 5 yd line and in their endzone.  We fumbled the ball on our own 15.  That set up their only TD of the game.
  • We took 16 penalties for 140 yards.  Plays called back included a 2oyd TD in the 4th Q and a 40yd scramble by Jazz Lindsey.  The TD was called back as an “illegal forward pass” which looked from where I sat to be quite legal.  Essentially we were penalized for throwing two forward passes when the first was in fact a lateral.  I had a better angle to see it than the linesman who called it.
  • The rushing game left much to be desired – 85 net yards, only 3 ypc average.  Plus the two fumbles on running plays, which it should be noted were both by receivers.

The Positives

  • Our defence was outstanding.  Forced Laurier to turn the ball over on downs in the red zone.  Held the #3 ranked passing offence in the country to just 183 yards.  Held top CFL WR prospect Shamawd Chambers to just 5 catches for 26 yards.  Limited WLU to 124 rushing yards even though moving the ball on the ground was an emphasis according to their HC Gary Jeffries.
  • Freshman Jazz Lindsey outpassed Laurier’s heralded 5th yr QB Shane Kelly- 343 yards to 183.  Lindsey routinely slipped away from Laurier pass rushers and was never sacked.
  • Net offence: Laurier 307 yards; Guelph 428 yards
  • First downs: Laurier 19; Guelph 25
  •  Jedd Gardner had 8 receptions for 123 yards and a TD in his final game as a Gryphon.  He set the all time record for Most Receptions in a Career to go along with his Career Receiving Yardage record.
  • Sebastian Howard had a outstanding game providing great coverage and breaking up several pass attempts in his final game.  He was a 5 year starter at corner back.

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The Guelph Mercury game story is here.

As usual detailed game stats are on the CIS website.

Some video highlights of the game from Laurier Athletics via youtube:

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