Yesterday’s 33-23 victory over the McMaster Marauders was a big win in more ways than one. Thinking about it quickly, I came up with …
- It avenged to some extent the Gryphons loss to Mac in last year’s Yates Cup
- It kept the Gryphons undefeated in the OUA race for first place.
- It gave the Gryphons a tie-breaker over one of their major rivals in the OUA race.
- It ended what was the Gryphons longest losing streak against an OUA rival at two games. [Guelph now has a current winning streak against every one of it’s OUA rivals.]
- It pushed the Gryphons current OUA regular season winning streak to 11 games, now longest in the OUA.
- It extended Guelph’s home field undefeated streak to 17 games, longest in the CIS.
No questioning it, that was a big win for the Gryphons. I heard Stu Lang tell football alumni at a post-game dinner that it was a signature win. Coach Lang even went on to call it a more important win than the 2012 OUA semifinal win over Queen’s. Personally, I don’t think I would go that far. But then again, I wasn’t able to watch most of the game.
An eye injury at work Friday messed things up for me. That meant I didn’t get my normal game preview written Friday night. I had written a post about the Homecoming aspects of the game Thursday night specifically to clear the decks for a long post because I had so much to say about this game. Then, Saturday I made it up to Guelph for the POP Group pig roast & tailgate party and I checked out the new GryphFan Zone before heading back to a Hamilton hospital for a 2 pm appointment. All the medical news was positive.
I listened to the game on TSN 1150, then 820 AM when the Ticat pre-game show started. I was really impressed with the colour commentary of former Marauder Joey Cupido. I caught a few minutes of the OUA.tv broadcast at the end of the 1st Half but the stream kept freezing. I then listened to much of the 3rd Q on the way back to Guelph, arriving early in the 4th, just after the rain finished. I began watching the game on OUA.tv this afternoon and hope to finish it tonight.
With the 33-23 win over the Marauders the Gryphons have cleared the highest hurdle their OUA schedule. The next toughest foe comes to Alumni Stadium this Saturday in the form of the 2-1 Ottawa GeeGees.
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The game stories, recaps, stats and other links:
Gryphons.ca: Gryphons Remain Undefeated with Win Over Marauders in 2015 Homecoming Game
Guelph Mercury: Gryphons get a little revenge on McMaster
Hamilton Spectator: no article as of 6 pm Sunday
Marauders.ca: no article as of 6 pm Sunday
OUA.ca: Gryphons remain undefeated with 33-23 win over Marauders in the OUA.tv Marquee Matchup
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A few quick thoughts:
- Great job by the Guelph defense!! Mac was averaging 56 points per game. They managed only a single scoring drive thru 3½ quarters and that one was only possible because of back-to-back penalties on Guelph.
- The D held McMaster to 69 net rushing yards. That is amazing given the Marauders have a highly regarded RB in Wayne Moore and a veteran O-Line. The Gryphons are #1 in the OUA in rushing defense.
- Penalties continue to be a problem for the Gryphons with 14 infractions for 99 yards. Gryphon penalties led to a Mac TD and had a Gryphon TD called back.
- John Rush is 100% healthy and playing like a demon. He was involved in 17 tackles – 6 solo, 11 assisted. He recorded one TFL, forced a fumble, recovered a fumble & broke up a pass. Rush is 3rd in the OUA in tackles with 30 & 1st in tackles per game.
- Tristan Doughlin was back at Free Safety with a cast on two weeks after he broke bones in his hand. He recorded two interceptions and was involved in 6 tackles.
- Gryphon DBs did a great job limiting Mac’s outstanding receiver Danny VanderVoort to a total of 14 yards on three catches. I’m guessing that may be a career low for VanderVoort. I’m sure every team tries to shut him down. The Gryphons have enough talent at DB to actually do it.
- Guelph played it conservatively on offense with James Roberts throwing just 28 passes, completing 16 with 2 TDs and 0 INTs. Once again Jacob Scarfone and A’dre Fraser accounted for most of the production with 7 & 4 catches. I liked the way James Ingram was used in the slot and at TE and was glad to see him make three catches.
- Guelph’s first drive of the game was a masterpiece – 7 plays, 5 first downs & 88 yards on 5/5 passing & two runs, culminating in a 15-yd Fraser TD. You can see the TD here.