When the Gryphons won 28-9 in Windsor back in 2012 it was a surprising, and dominating, win. Today a 24-9 victory didn’t feel nearly so good. While the victory wasn’t really ever in doubt, in my mind, this game never felt like the previous two games – i.e. outstanding wins over Ottawa [42-7] & Queen’s [66-0]. The 2012 win came after a 50-9 Labour Day loss at Mac. The Gryphons achieved the “W” yesterday but didn’t maintain the momentum they had before the bye week.
Some links for stories on the game:
Guelph Mercury – Guelph Gryphons join crowd with four wins in OUA football
Windsor Star – Lancers fail to execute in loss to Gryphons
Golancers.ca – Lancer Football loses first game of season to Gryphons
Gryphons.ca – No. 6 Gryphons defeat Lancers 24-9
The box score and complete game stats can be found here.
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♦ Talking about some notable losses by road teams in the NCAA this week [Alabama, Texas A&M, Oklahoma] Mack Brown said … there are two things teams must do to win on the road – hang on to the football and win the kicking game. Guelph did both. The Gryphons had a single turnover [a 1st Q INT] while the Lancers turned it over five times [3 INTs, 2 Fumbles Lost]. Daniel Ferraro out-punted and out-kicked his rival. Fraser Speakman blocked a punt and recovered it. Guelph recovered an onside kick. Ryan Nieuwesteeg maintained his CIS-leading punt return average with 4 for 81 yards. When Windsor kicked away from Nieuwesteeg, Lucas Spagnuolo returned the punt 43 yards.
♦ Not all the Guelph stats were pleasant. There were some ugly numbers for the Gryphon offense as they only ran 52 plays, produced 271 net yards & 13 first downs. The Gryphons were perfect on five trips into the Red Zone, but on 4 of 5 occasions they settled for a FG. I have to give some credit to Windsor’s defensive coordinator Donnovan Carter. He has done a great job of disrupting Guelph, both for Windsor and at UofT, over the past 4-5 years, even if his team has only been victorious once
♦ And the team accumulated 18 penalties for 135 yards, though I don’t blame the Gryphons for all the penalties. Windsor is the one OUA field where I never expect the visiting team to receive equal treatment from the referees. The home team Lancers were only penalized 8 times for 30 yards. Perhaps you remember this photo from a post on the 2011 loss in Windsor …
♦ In my opinion, the worst penalty call of all – a pass interference call against Iain Hutchison in the end zone. I’ve always thought that the DB has as much right to the ball as the receiver. So how do you penalize a DB who goes around a receiver [doesn’t run thru him] to make a play on the ball? The contact was incidental and didn’t appear to happen until after Hutchison had knocked the ball down. With the penalty the referees gave Windsor a 1st down at the Guelph 8-yd line. As a result the Lancers scored their only TD of the game, rather than being faced with a 3rd down & 10, and likely a 30-yard FG attempt.
♦ DBs Tristan Doughlin and Colin Mandich each came up with INTs in the End Zone to end Lancer scoring threats. BTW Doughlin was playing in his first game after suffering a dislocated elbow against UofT. DT Blake McNeely also made his return to the lineup and his 2014 season debut in the game. DE Reza Shayani had the most productive game of his career – 5 solo tackles & 1 assist. The leader in the defensive stats was LB Curtis Newton who recorded 8 solo tackles, 5 assists & an assist. Freshman DB Nick Parisotto recorded his third interception in just his third career start, tying him for third in the CIS.