Gryphons win! Gryphons win!

108th Yates Cup Champion Guelph Gryphons

108th Yates Cup Champion Guelph Gryphons

Wow! What a great game!

The first half of the game was worrisome, trailing 14-3 after 30 minutes. Perhaps the surprise of the opening half was how well Western starter Stevenson Bone was playing at QB. I wasn’t aware that Bone was such a good runner. And faster than Will Finch too. Bone scored both Mustangs touchdowns. But ultimately Guelph did all they needed to for an exciting 23-17 comeback win.

Trailing throughout the first three quarters, Guelph tied the score in the opening seconds of the fourth quarter from a 36-yard touchdown reception by Jacob Scarfone (London, Ont.), and took the lead on a pair of Gabriel Ferraro (Mississauga, Ont.) field goals (

And what an exciting finish. Lots of momentum swings in the 4th Quarter, including a Western fumble, a Guelph TD called back on a penalty, then a deflected Roberts pass intercepted, all in the Mustangs end of the field. Western battled until there was 0:00 left on the clock.

Ultimately the Gryphons were Yates Cup champions!

  • The win was Guelph’s fourth Yates Cup victory. First since 1996. It ended a streak of 3 straight Yates losses – 2007, 2012 & 2014.
  • Finally, Guelph has turned their regular season success – 4 straight 7-1 seasons – into a championship.
  • Surprisingly now 3 of the 4 Yates Cups victories have come at the expense of the Western Mustangs. All of them were in London. The Gryphons and Mustangs are now 3-3 head to head in Yates Cup matches.
  • The win will move the Gryphons on to the National Semi-final Mitchell Bowl. Guelph will host the defending national champions from the UdéMontreal Carabins. Montreal defeated the Laval Rouge et Or 18-16 in Quebec City today in the Dunsmore Cup (Quebec championship).
  • Linebacker John Rush was named the winner of the Dalt White Trophy as the Porter Airlines Player of the Game. I can’t say enough about how well John Rush played. I told his dad after the game that he is playing a role for the Gryphons very much like Byron Archambault did with the Montreal Carabins last year. And he is winning similar honours. Coincidentally, both were starting MLBs and team captains for Canadaès National Junior Team.
  • CHCH play-by-play man Mark Lee, “Western Mustangs not trusting their run game …”. Who would have thought we’d hear that of the #1 rushing offense in Canada? Guelph actually outrushed the Mustangs 203 to 194. Western’s leading rusher was QB Bone with 85 yards. Tailback Alex Taylor who rushed for more than 1,000 yards during the OUA season had 12 carries for 58 yards. Johnny Augustine had 108 yards and Brandon Gordon 98.

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Game stories & Links: – Gryphons Win 23-17 Over Western to Capture 108th Yates Cup

London Free Press – Western Mustangs lose 23-17 to Guelph Gryphons for Yates Cup

The year of great promise ended as the year of greatest disappointment.

The Guelph Gryphons defeated the Western Mustangs, the dominant beast in Ontario university football this year, 23-17 to win the 108th Yates Cup Saturday at TD Stadium in London.

The Mustangs have lost big games before, have had seasons end in disappointment, but one would be hard-pressed to name a more heartbreaking loss than the one that ended this campaign. This was supposed to be the year of the Mustang.

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3 Responses to Gryphons win! Gryphons win!

  1. Paul Cook says:

    Congratulations 2015 Gryphons, 108th Yates Cup Champions!

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  2. Mark says:

    What an exciting game! Good to see so many Guelph fans in their colours loudly cheering & ringing their cow bells. See you at Alumni this Saturday!

    P.S. The 1992 game was played at the Skydome.

  3. Bob from Burlington says:

    Congrats to Guelph Gryphons winning Yates this past Saturday! Despite being a Western fan, Guelph deserved this win. Western unable to run the ball with consistency in the second half and Guelph shutting them down mostly on the run/ pass except for Western’s last drive. Guelph able to make up from some offensive mistakes in first half and able to run at will with fairly simple plays in second half. Despite the differences of 31 years since the JW Little stadium win by Guelph, these games both this past weekend and in 1984 decided on Western being stopped with seconds left in the so called red zone( term not invented yet in 1984 though)- by Guelph.

    Good luck to Guelph in the Mitchell Bowl against Montreal. Regrettably I am unavailable for this game but quite keen to make the trip to Quebec City for the 28th if Guelph gets into Vanier Cup as after all I am a very keen OUA supporter. Travelled to Vanier in Laval/ Quebec City in 2009 for Queen’s/ Calgary final when both of my offspring were at Queen”s and I had been to a fair number of Gaels games that year. As Peter and others may recall- the opening game of that 2009 season on the Sunday or Monday of Labour day weekend at Richardson was epic- with Gaels winning 52-49 on last second FG by Queen’s. BTW- this 2015 Gryphons team reminds me of the 2009 Vanier winning Gaels- feisty, talented and hard working- they came from behind against Calgary to win that Vanier.

    For those of you that are thinking of heading up to Quebec City direct via air for the Vanier if Gryphons get in- start looking at flights now as Friday/ Saturday flights limited getting there- they use the small jets out of YYZ. If you intend on going up and back same day like I did in 2009- your only choice will be the late flight out of Jean Lesage airport coming home. There are direct flights with Air Canada coming home to YYZ on Sunday, and others that get to YYZ via Montreal. Many of course will make the drive I suspect. All based on hope at this point.

    Good luck Gryphons this week. Regrettably I am out of SW Ontario for this upcoming Mitchell Bowl between Guelph and Montreal. Go Gryphons!

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