Some people used adjectives like “huge”, ” big” & “great” to describe the win today over the Golden Gaels. They all work. I mean it was a regular season game but it was one of almost unprecedented significance. I don’t know the last time the Gryphons clinched a first round bye or finished in the top two teams in the OUA. [It was 1996 when Guelph was 6-2 & last won the Yates Cup.] Some of Guelph’s most successful seasons have involved big playoff runs after moderately successful regular seasons. If the 2012 Gryphons were to finish 7-1 they would be setting a new precedent.
This win showed a ton of character. To hand Queen’s 21 points on a silver platter and find yourselves trailing 28-3, then respond in a totally positive and workman-like manner is, to use an over-worked word, huge. Lots of teams would have folded. It reminded me of the way Guelph fought back from a big 2nd Q deficit in the 2009 Labour Day game at Queen’s but this time we came out on top.
In my opinion Queen’s most impressive scoring drive was their first. After that their three TDs came rather easily to them – a one-play 75-yd drive, a fumble recovery at the goalline and a trick play from punt formation. The pre-game comments of Queen’s coach Pat Sheahan helped me to appreciate a little better how our defense works. Based on what he said I’ve got little concern about Queen’s winning the statistical battle. We shutdown their running game and forced them to throw. While they may have racked up yards in the 2nd half they never really threatened to score again. The defense selectively pressured the QB and forced 4 interceptions. Late in the game we were able to generate pressure rushing only 3 or 4 men.