Quick thoughts on the Carleton game

Rob Farquharson rushed for 10.2 yds per carry against the Ravens Photo: Darren Brown/Ottawa Sun

Rob Farquharson rushed for 10.2 yds per carry against the Ravens
Photo: Darren Brown/Ottawa Sun

  • A 48-12 win is about what I expected. Guelph stays undefeated and their record is now 7-0. That sets everything up for a very big game in Kingston next weekend. Guelph had already clinched a home playoff game before stepping on the field at Carleton and the victory there last night has changed nothing. It will take a win at Queen’s to get a share of first place and a first round bye.
  • The SSN announcer on the webcast kept on talking about the offensive yards that Carleton was putting up. I didn’t think his numbers could be correct. But having looked at the Box Score I guess he was right. Part of my problem was that when I tuned in at 7:05 and saw Carleton kicking off I thought that was the start of the game. In actual fact, CU had kicked a FG on their opening 7-play, 73-yd drive. The big play was a 69 yard run.
  • The final stats have CU outgaining Guelph 494 to 474. Those stats still have me shaking my head because it’s not like the Ravens threatened to score very often or had many turnovers – each team had two. CU did have a nice march in the 3rd Q [an 85-yd drive] but the Guelph D served up another goal-line stand. Mind you, it wasn’t as dramatic as the one against York but CU twice had it 1st & Goal at the 1. Five plays later they turned the ball over on downs at the 2.
  • Certainly the Ravens did hurt themselves with penalties – 10 for 142 yards. Guelph cleaned up their own penalty problem considerably – 5 for 34 yards. Not bad at all.
  • Having watched the webcast instead of attending the game I don’t have nearly as much perspective on who dressed and who played or how much they played. There was no audio for the 1st half, no graphic or stats on the screen and no replays. Thus I really can’t comment on whether or not Guelph coaches heeded my advice “… to treat this like an exhibition game. Rest anyone who needs it. Play everyone who dresses.”
  • Guelph return teams did a great job averaging 23.3 yards on kick returns and 21.5 yards on punt returns. Included was a TD return for Andrew Graham. A’dre Fraser picked up the bulk of the yards. The coverage units yielded very little to CU.
  • For the second week in a row Rob Farquharson had a long TD run [55 yards] called back on a penalty. It would have been the longest run of his career if it had counted. As he has done in every game he has played this year Farq broke the 100-yd mark. He rushed for 122 yards on just 12 carries with 2 TDs. He did all that and was out of the game by the time the 3rd Q was 3 minutes old. Johnny Augustine and Bryson Dobush were solid in his place averaging 7.0 and 9.7 ypc in the 2nd half.
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