While I was not the least bit surprised that Guelph won, or dominated, it was how completely they dominated the Golden Gaels that was shocking. The 66-0 loss for Queen’s was the largest losing margin in the 133-year history of the program. Just consider some more eye popping numbers:
- Guelph had 679 yards of total offense – 336 rushing, 353 passing
- 7 fumbles in the game but zero interceptions – Guelph lost 1 fumble, Queen’s lost 6. Several times Queen’s receivers were stripped of the ball after their receptions by aggressive Gryphon tacklers.
- Guelph completely shut down the Queen’s run game – Queen’s featured back rushed 16 times for an average of 2.7 ypc, 43 total yards. Once the Gaels gave up on running the ball things got worse, as Guelph turned up the heat on the passer
- Guelph recorded 10 sacks – all by defensive linemen [except for the one attributed to to a player who wasn’t even dressed]. Cam Walker, Charlie Taggart and Djordje Gavrilovic each had 2 sacks.
- Other than being sacked 8 times Queen’s QB Billy McPhee had decent numbers – 22 of 31 for 225 yards, O TDs, O INTs
- Jazz Lindsey‘s play and stats were outstanding – 23 of 35 for 345 yards, 3 TDs, O INTs. Jazz also ran 5 times for 46 yards & 2 TDs.
- For the third game in a row returner Ryan Nieuwesteeg performed like an All Canadian. The Guelph punt return unit came into the game leading the CIS in return yardage and they added to it yesterday. Nieuwesteeg averaged over 25 yards per punt return – 8 returns for 203 yards.
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All stories on the game are going to be pleasant reading for Gryphons fans. Here are some of the links:
Gryphons.ca – Gryphons Shut Out Gaels at Homecoming with 66-0 final
Guelph Mercury – Guelph Gryphons celebrate homecoming with a thrashing
Sportkingston blog – Gaels suffer all-time worst defeat at Guelph
Check back later for more thoughts and details on the game. The above is just some early morning blogging from the lobby of the Holiday Inn Guelph.