Best story you will read on the game

From the CISblog:

GUELPH, Ont. — To think, some Guelph Gryphons fans left the stadium when they were down 22 points with five minutes left.

Like the music genre their sophomore quarterback Jazz Lindsey shares a name with, the Gryphons are tough to define and sometimes it looks and sounds all wrong, but then it fuses to produce whatever you care to call their 42-39 overtime win over the Queen’s Golden Gaels in the OUA football semifinal in front of 3,550 fans, minus those who figured they should at least beat the traffic.

Lindsey and the Gryphons defence, who came up two of their six takeaways in the final minutes, had the wind at their back and belief in their hearts in the fourth quarter and OT and well, that’s why people keep coming back to university football, even Queen’s fans who saw this movie back in 2003 (late lead gets away in a OUA semifinal) when it starred another stringbean sophomore QB from a southern Ontario school named Ryan Pyear at Laurier.

“It’s maybe not good to say, but we’re kind of used to this,” said Lindsey, the 20-year-old who had a less than pretty passing line of 14-of-36 for 198 yards, but got Guelph truly off the deck with his sideline-skirting scamper for an 80-yard TD that made it a one-touchdown game with 3:53 left. “We’ve been down in a few games and even at halftime, our coach was sounding like a broken record, saying we have to execute better. There was a little bit of frustration but we all know the heart we have. There was 10 minutes left and I looked at the score [36-14 Queen’s] and said, we were fine.”

Stu Lang and assistant head coach Neil Lumsden, the two Edmonton Eskimos great, have let the Gryphons tap into their old-pro wisdom. That probably doesn’t account for how a team erases a three-TD deficit in barely four minutes. All it took was linebacker Jake Reinhart returning a blocked punt for a touchdown — the fifth TD of the day set up directly by a huge defensive or special teams play — to cut Queen’s lead to 15. Then Lindsey broke the 80-yarder and suddenly it was an AC/DC concert on one side of the stadium and a study hall on Queen’s sideline.

Read the full story here: Twice in a lifetime! Guelph comes back on Queen’s again, 42-39 in OUA semifinal

It’s worth noting that the author Neate Sager is a Queen’s grad and former sportswriter/broadcaster for the Gaels. He is also a guy who answered numerous questions for me when I was trying to figure out this blogging thing.

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4 Responses to Best story you will read on the game

  1. No doubt, Sager is the voice of the CIS in the blogosphere. Always topical; always on point. As an OUA football fan, you hope that people who love the university game and have a foot in the biz can use that passion to further the brand in traditional and web-based media.

  2. birddawg says:

    I’m confussed if Guelph has the home or away game as the Yates Cup Champion vs. the West. Peter do you know?

  3. birddawg says:

    If you look at the regular season results, eliminate the first game of the season from 11 weeks ago (Mac’s 50-9 win over Guelph) its about a 5 point spread on the average points for and against. Nothing insurmountable. Guelph has impoved substantially more than Mac over the season, and this will be our finest game! Guelph Wins.

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