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Queen's Golden Gaellery by Jeff Chan
Western at Queen's - 20120915
All photos are by Jeff Chan. Jeff is past Chairman of the Vanier Cup - Canada's University Football Championship and the Premier University Event in Canada, and was a member of the Canadian College Bowl Board and Vanier Cup Organizing Committee from 1978-2000.
All photos are Copyright (c) Jeff Chan 2000-2012, and may be used for personal non-commercial applications including by Queen's University, the CIS and its member conferences, so long as photo credits are shown or the photos are otherwise attributed to Jeff Chan. All other rights, including for all corporate use, are reserved.
QUEEN'S 18, WESTERN 11
GRANBERG'S TOUCHDOWN LEADS NO. 6 GAELS OVER NO. 5 WESTERN IN DEFENSIVE BATTLE
By John Edwards, Queen's Sports Information
Ryan Granberg's touchdown with 8:56 left gave the No. 6-ranked Queen's Gaels an 18-11 win over the No. 5-ranked Western Mustangs in OUA football action at Richardson Stadium, Saturday. The Sherwood Park, Alta. native broke through for the 19-yard score, as the Gaels completed their comeback from an 11-7 third-quarter deficit delighting the sold-out crowd of 10,077. Granberg had set up the score with a 28-yard run one play earlier, his longest of the game.
The fourth-year running back finished with 21 carries for 168 yards, winning the battle of the big rushers. His Western counterpart, Garret Sanvido (Vancouver, B.C.) carried 26 times for 124 yards.
Western opened the scoring midway through the first, on a 36-yard field goal by Lirim Hajrullahu (St. Catharines, Ont.). However, Queen's jumped ahead on the next possession, as Billy McPhee (Burlington, Ont.) connected with Giovanni Aprile (Toronto, Ont.) on a 30-yard scoring pass, completing a four-play, 75-yard drive.
After a scoreless second quarter, the Mustangs took the lead back early in the third on a 30-yard interception return by Pawel Kruba (Windsor, Ont.) at 2:15, and a 67-yard single on the ensuing kickoff by Hajrullahu. A 27-yard placement by Dillon Wamsley (London, Ont.) cut the gap to 11-10 after three quarters.
Despite both teams averaging over 40 points per game until today, Saturday's contest turned on the Gaels' defence, which held Western to only a field goal from their offence.
The defence, which kept Western out of the end zone for the second time in a row, was led by linebacker Sam Sabourin (Stittsville, Ont.), who made 12.5 tackles and had two sacks. Fellow linebacker Justin Baronaitis (Rexdale, Ont.) had 6.5 tackles and an interception – his second in as many games.
The Gaels' secondary also had a strong day, with cornerback Matt Webster (Calgary, Alta.) making 7.5 tackles, while safety Ben D'Andrea (Calgary, Alta.) had the Gaels' other sack, and cornerback Andrew Lue (Markham, Ont.) had an interception and a knockdown – raising his total to six on the year.
Western was led by Aaron Handsor (Chatham, Ont.), who made 7.5 tackles, while Marcus Babic (Burlington, Ont.) had six tackles and two sacks.
On the offensive side, McPhee went 19-for-31 for 254 yards and the touchdown for Queen's. Justin Chapdelaine (Abbotsford, B.C.) caught a career-high eight passes for 105 yards. Aprile finished with five catches for 93 yards.
For Western, Donnie Marshall (London, Ont.) struggled, going 7-for-19 for only 109 yards. His brother, Brian Marshall, caught four passes for 69 yards.
Both teams made 19 first downs each, and Queen's outgained Western 424-322. The Gaels committed three turnovers, while Western also turned the ball three times, including a pair of turnovers on downs courtesy of third-down stops by the Gaels' front line.
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