Saskatchewan Huskies come up quick within the 56th Vanier Cup – Saskatoon

The University of Saskatchewan (USask) Huskies came up short in their bid for their first national title since 1998, falling to the Western University Mustangs 27-21 in the 56th edition of the Vanier Cup.

Read more:

Saskatchewan Huskies’ Machart and Zerr listed as top CFL prospects

It was about -8 C at kickoff on Saturday afternoon in Quebec City. The game was played at the home stadium of the Laval Rouge et Or.

The Mustangs were the first to get on the board, with fifth-year running back Trey Humes taking the handoff and going right for the game’s first major to make it 7-0 Western.

The Huskies cut that lead to four, as David Solie made a 26-yard field goal.

Story continues below advertisement

The Huskies got their first major of the game in the second quarter. Quarterback Mason Nyhus had great pass protection to find Daniel Perry, who watched it all the way into his hands for six. The point after was blocked so the Huskies led it 9-7.

The Mustangs retook the lead on a 23-yard field goal from Brian Garrity to make it 10-9.

But late in the first half, Saskatchewan’s Mason Nyhus hooked up with Sam Baker down the sidelines with only a few seconds left on the clock to get the team into field goal range. David Solie came on for a 24-yard field goal attempt and he made it — even though he slipped on the follow-through. The Huskies led 12-10 at halftime.

Trending Stories

  • Travel restrictions and Omicron: What’s changing in Canada, U.S.

  • Travelling amid Omicron: What COVID-19 tests are needed to get to Canada, U.S.

In the third quarter, Mustangs quarterback Evan Hillock started to get the passing game going for the Eastern champs. He found Griffin Campbell, who fought off the Huskies defender to get into the end zone. After the convert, the Mustangs were back on top 17-12.

On the last play of the third quarter, it was the same two hooking up again for the Mustangs — Hillock to Campbell, who followed a couple of blockers into the end zone — and Western was now up 24-12.

Read more:

Roughriders set for West final rematch with Blue Bombers

Story continues below advertisement

In the fourth quarter, rookie tailback Edouard Wanadi took right up the middle for a big gain — a 56-yard run. That led to another Mustangs field goal, and an increase in their lead, now 27-12.

With 32 seconds left in the game, the Huskies brought in their jumbo blockers and handed it off to Josh Ewanchyna for the touchdown, cutting the lead to six after the convert.

The Huskies tried an on-side kick, but they were unsuccessful. The Mustangs hung on to beat the U of S Huskies for the national U Sports title, 27-21, as Western claimed the 56th edition of the Vanier Cup.


Click to play video: 'Saskatchewan Huskies beat Manitoba Bisons 45-17 to win 84th Hardy Cup'


2:02
Saskatchewan Huskies beat Manitoba Bisons 45-17 to win 84th Hardy Cup


Previous Video

Next Video

© 2021 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

Comments are closed.