More thoughts on the Yates Cup victory

Photo: LouToppan

Photo: LouToppan

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PLAYERS OF THE GAME

Offense – Johnny Augustine
Defense – John Rush
Special Teams – Gabriel Ferraro

OUA.ca story – Augustine, Rush and Ferraro named OUA Football Players of the Week

Augustine carried the ball 19 times and averaged a solid 5.7 yards per carry, while contributing to a 203 yard Gryphon rushing game that kept the ball moving for Guelph. The Welland, Ont. native averaged 176.5 yards per game throughout the playoffs. He collected the OUA and CIS player of the week awards after his performance against the Ravens last week … Rush has the Porter Player of the Game. He collected 10 solo tackles to go along with four assisted take-downs. The 6-foot-1, 220 lbs linebacker also added three sacks for a loss of 25 yards in his outstanding defensive performance …  Ferraro played a pivotal role for the Gryphons connecting on three of his four field goal attempts in addition to two extra points on his way to 11 points in the Gryphons win.

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Additional stories and links not previously shared:

Guelph Mercury – Guelph Gryphons hoist Yates Cup as OUA champions

CIS.ca – Carabins return to national semifinals, joined by Guelph, UBC and StFX. Stories & video highlights from all 4 conference championship games.

For the second year in a row, the CIS football conference finals produced three new champions as only the reigning Vanier Cup titlist Montreal Carabins earned a return trip to the national semifinals.

Who said there is no parity in Canadian university football? All four league finals on Saturday came down to the wire and were won by the visiting team.

Not only are the top-three ranked teams in the country now out of contention for the Vanier Cup, three programs advance to the CIS Bowl games for the first time since the 1990’s, including Guelph (1996), UBC (1997) and StFX (1996).

Western Gazette – Mustangs give up lead in fourth quarter to give Guelph Yates Cup win

London Free Press – After another season of high expectations ends in injury and disappointment, Mustangs quarterback taking time to decide his future

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I’ve had a chance to watch the CHCH broadcast via PVR. Some interesting comments and analysis in the pre-game show from OUA coaches Stefan Ptaszek (McMaster) and Warren Craney (York).

  • Ptaszek called Ryan Nieuwesteeg one of, if not, “the best punt return man in history of the OUA”.
  • Ptaszek said he believed Western was the better team but he was choosing Guelph to win the game, in part because of Guelph’s special teams advantage. Craney also picked Guelph.
  • But both coaches were emphatic that if Guelph fell behind early in the game, Western would win.

Some other notes:

And great to see UofG President Franco Vaccarino at the game and keeping Kim Lang company.

Finally, I was wrong the other day when I wrote that all 3 of Guelph’s Yates Cup victories over Western had come in London. I knew none of them had occurred in Guelph but I really didn’t consider the possibility of a neutral site victory. That was the case in 1992 when the Yates Cup was played in the SkyDome. Thanks to alumnus Mark Staffen for making me aware of that.

Friends of Gryphon Football President Randy Dimitroff and Coach Stu Lang pose for a picture in the midst of the post-game celebrations

Friends of Gryphon Football President Randy Dimitroff and Coach Stu Lang pose for a picture in the midst of the post-game celebrations

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One Response to More thoughts on the Yates Cup victory

  1. Birddawg says:

    Another thrilling win by the Gryphons. A lot of maturity was shown by remaining calm under extreme pressure. Keep this attitude boys, I can’t wait till Saturday. The Gryphon Marketing team needs to re-think why cow bells are no longer sold at our home games. Not only are they the best noise makers on the market, but they help remind our opponents fans that we are an Agricultural college at heart! Go Gryphs.

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