OUA Semi-Final match-ups set

UWO logoWestern Ontario looked uninspired but pulled out a 25-10 victory over Wilfrid Laurier in one Quarter-Final match. That win sends the Mustangs back to Guelph next week for a re-match of the teams that played in an exciting Week 8 shootout, won 49-46 by the Gryphons.

In the other Quarter-Final contest the Ottawa GeeGees won big on the road, 46-29 over the Windsor Lancers. Ottawa will be back on the road next week heading to McMaster’s Ron Joyce Stadium.

OUA semi

More details of the Q-Final games:

Mustang Athletics game story – Mustangs top Laurier 25-10 in OUA Quarterfinal
CIS websiteBox Score & Game Stats
London Free PressWestern Mustangs win 25-10 over Laurier Golden Hawks

The Mustangs trailed the Golden Hawks for most of the game but with two field goals, and three safeties they inched forward to take the lead in the fourth quarter.

The defensive chess match kept things close but a late fourth quarter rally by the Mustangs offence blew the game wide open.

I love this tweet from LFP sports writer Mo DallaCosta:

A very brief game story from Windsor Lancers Sports InfoLancer Football falls to Ottawa in quarter-finals
CIS websiteBox Score & Game Stats
The Windsor Star – no game story yet, but they do have 8 nice photos with captions – Photos: Ottawa 46 Windsor 29

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Western is such a talented team that if they put it all together in one game, they are capable of beating anyone in the OUA. I think that is still true but it doesn’t seem likely as the Mustangs have been hard hit with injuries and seem to have suffered some serious blows to their confidence and/or psyche. IMO that goes all the way back to their shocking blowout loss last November to the Calgary Dinos.

107th_yates_releaseWhile I still harbour some remote fear that the Mustangs could come up big next week in Guelph, the team that may be better positioned (at least in terms of momentum) to pull off a playoff surprise is the Ottawa GeeGees. That squad has won 4 of their last 5 and the one loss (Windsor) they avenged easily today. Mind you, Guelph doesn’t have to worry about the GeeGees unless they can pull off an upset against Mac next week. I really wouldn’t fear playing them at Alumni Stadium in the Yates Cup though I might want to rethink it depending how well they played in the semi.

The Western broadcasters did speculate about the possibility of their Mustangs hosting the Yates Cup and the Mitchell Bowl, so I don’t feel it’s out of line to mention it. At this point I do expect Guelph to be playing for the Yates Cup at McMaster. It would be wonderful if we could host it, but whether we do or not, a win in the Yates would guarantee that Guelph hosts the Mitchell Bowl. The almost certain opponent in that game would be the Mt Allison Mounties, the same team that Guelph played almost exactly 30 years earlier in the Vanier Cup. That would be something, especially when you consider that when Guelph last hosted the Mitchell Bowl they drew a crowd estimated in the range of 10,000-12,000. Similar to the crowd the Gryphons drew for the 2007 Yates Cup. Here’s hoping!

1984 Vanier Cup Champions Pat Tracey #29, Mike Knighton, Steve MacMillan, Daryl Skuse (back)

1984 Vanier Cup Champions
Pat Tracey #29, Mike Knighton, Steve MacMillan, Daryl Skuse (back)

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Some highlights from Western vs Laurier and interviews with the Western QB and Kicker:

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One Response to OUA Semi-Final match-ups set

  1. Bob from Burlington says:

    Looking forward to the return engagement with Gryphons on the 8th. Sort of fun to see Western come into Guelph as the “underdog”- Western play meaner and tougher when the world seems to have given up on the Mustangs. Personally I thought that the Laurier game could be the most unpredictable on the journey towards Yates and Western D did hold up well against Laurier offense that had some limitations. On paper. with injuries to the opposition etc- Guelph takes Western hands down- in reality………it could be a different matter.

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