LONDON, Ont. – The Laval Rouge et Or won the Vanier Cup on Saturday with a 30-24 victory around the Saskatchewan Huskies at Western Alumni Stadium.
Kalenga Muganda and David Dallaire scored touchdowns and Vincent Blanchard kicked five field objectives to assistance Laval get the Canadian university soccer championship for a history 11th time.
Daniel Wiebe caught a a few-property landing pass for Saskatchewan with 4:58 still left in regulation to make it a a few-level video game.
Blanchard kicked a 25-property area intention with 1:56 remaining to give Laval a six-level direct. The Huskies received the ball back again deep in their own stop but the Rouge et Or took over on downs and ran out the clock.
Everett Iverson and Rhett Vavra had the other touchdowns for Saskatchewan. David Solie experienced a area intention for the Huskies, who were being on the lookout for their 1st Vanier Cup earn considering the fact that 1998.
Laval improved its all-time record in the championship match to 11–2. It was the Rouge et Or’s initial title because 2018.
Saskatchewan jogging back again Ryker Frank shipped the 1st large play of the activity with a 44-yard run on the Huskies’ 2nd generate. Solie set Saskatchewan on the board at 6:33 with a 20-lawn area target.
Soon after missing both equally pass tries on Laval’s first possession, quarterback Arnaud Desjardins settled in for the Rouge et Or’s next generate.
Laval marched down the field but could not convert from the red zone, settling for a 15-garden chip shot by Blanchard.
With potent winds a aspect at situations on a sunny autumn afternoon, both quarterbacks leaned on the operating video game in the early going and held the passing largely to limited routes.
Saskatchewan quarterback Mason Nyhus guided the Huskies on a 7-participate in, 75-garden travel that led to the game’s to start with touchdown early in the second quarter.
Head coach Scott Flory made a decision to go for it on third-and-goal from the a few-garden line and Nyhus uncovered Iverson in the stop zone at 13:45. Solie hit the transform to make it 10-3.
Kevin Mital, who won the Hec Crighton Award earlier in the week as the best participant in college football, caught a 30-garden go as Laval answered with a six-engage in, 76-lawn generate capped by a a few-lawn TD operate by Muganda. on a immediate snap.
Blanchard produced the transform and extra a rouge on the ensuing kickoff that gave Laval an 11–10 guide.
A 53-property run up the middle by Saskatchewan working back again Ted Kubongo put a charge into the pro-Huskies portion of the north-stop stands. Nyhus threw a 3-garden TD move to Vavra at 8:35, with a Solie conversion providing the Huskies a 17–11 benefit.
Blanchard booted a 28-yard field aim with 6:15 remaining to trim Saskatchewan’s direct. He additional a year-finest 49-lawn field intention at the conclusion of the fifty percent to tie the game.
There ended up pockets of Laval admirers sporting red equipment in the south stands at the 8,000-seat stadium, which was about a few-quarters whole for the matinee.
Saskatchewan’s defense delivered late in the third quarter as the Rouge et Or threatened at the 6-lawn line. A pass knockdown by Charlie Ringland was adopted by a touchdown-saving deal with from Seth Hundeby.
Laval head coach Glen Constantin played it harmless on 3rd-and-purpose from the three. Blanchard booted a 10-lawn industry purpose at 3:25 that gave the Rouge et Or a 20–17 lead.
Mital was hobbled by an clear leg injuries but nevertheless managed to frequently flummox the Huskies’ defense. He took a shovel pass for a 27-property gain to Saskatchewan’s 37-lawn line on a engage in that finished the 3rd quarter.
Desjardins approximately uncovered Mital in the end zone on that generate but Katley Joseph was termed for move interference. Mital — who was named activity MVP — then took a immediate snap, faked a operate and threw the ball about the pack to Dallaire.
Both equally groups attained highway victories a 7 days before to qualify for the 57th edition of the Vanier Cup. Laval beat the defending champion Western Mustangs and Saskatchewan topped the St. Francis Xavier X-Adult males.
Laval won both equally former meetings from Saskatchewan in the title video game, topping the Huskies in 2004 at Hamilton and once more in 2006 at Saskatoon.
Saskatchewan misplaced past year’s championship to Western at Quebec Town.
This report by The Canadian Push was 1st posted Nov. 26, 2002.
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