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Queen's Golden Gaellery by Jeff Chan
Queen's at Toronto 20150926
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QUEEN'S 37, TORONTO 18
HOBBS 401 YARD PASSING GAME LEADS GAELS OVER VARSITY BLUES 37-18
The Queen's Gaels (3-2) visited their Old Four rivals the Toronto Varsity Blues (1-3) and came away with a 37-18 win thanks to quarterback Nate Hobbs (Mississauga, Ont.) who threw for 401 yards and two touchdowns while adding 14 yards on the ground and another touchdown.
The game started out slow as each team looked to get their footing, Jesse Andrews (Arnprior, Ont.) continued to shine this season as he established the Gaels rushing attack picking up runs of 16 and 26 yards early but Queen's couldn't get deep enough into the Toronto end to put up any points. The two teams traded punts, at total of 10 straight, throughout the quarter and the score sat at 0-0 after one.
The second quarter saw the first point of the game go up as Gaels kicker Dillon Wamsley (London, Ont.) secured the Gaels a single point after Toronto couldn't return a kick out of their endzone. Late in the frame the Gaels offence got moving with an 11 play 80 yard drive that culminated with a six-yard Peter Hannon (Toronto) touchdown catch. The Gaels kept the pressure on the Varsity Blues with their next possession as Hobbs found Curtis Carmichael (Scarborough, Ont.) who hauled in a highlight reel 52-yard catch at the Toronto one yard line. Facing a first and goal from the one yard line Hobbs fumbled the ball before breaking the plane and Toronto's Marcus Grandison recovered. The Varsity Blues went two and out on their possession and the Gaels took over with 18 seconds left in the half starting at the Toronto 54. On the first play of the drive Hobbs threw a 54-yard bomb to Doug Corby (Burlington, Ont.) for a touchdown to put the Gaels up 15-0 at half. Corby made his return to the Gaels lineup after missing the past three games due to injury.
In the second half the Varsity Blues came out firing on their opening possession putting together a 10 play 65 yard drive resulting in a one yard touchdown run by backup quarterback Marcus Hobbs the older brother of Gaels quarterback Nate. Marcus took over for the Toronto short yardage situation and was able to punch in the touchdown on his second attempt. The Varsity Blues added a single point of their own and pulled to within a touchdown of the Gaels.
As the Gaels took over possession in the one score game Nate went to work for Queen's. After finding Matteo Del Brocco (Leamington, Ont.) for 18 yards and Corby for 35 Nate rushed for 14 yards himself to put Queen's in a first and goal situation from the Toronto three yard line. The Gaels gave the ball to fifth-year senior Justin Gleben (Barrie, Ont.) who made his way through for the major putting Queen's ahead 22-8.
Toronto did not go away as they kept at the Gaels early into the fourth quarter. Dallon Kuprowski rushed for a five yard score and Anthony Iafrate hit a 14-yard field goal for 10 straight Varsity Blue points cutting the Gaels lead down to just four. Nate kept the Gaels offence rolling opening up the next drive with a 23 yard pass to Corby followed by a 34 yard pass to Del Brocco putting the Gaels quickly into the redzone. After a penalty set up a first and goal attempt Nate was matched his older brother and made up for an earlier fumble with a one yard rushing score putting Queen's ahead by 11.
When Toronto took over the Gaels defence secured a win for Queen's. Rahul Madan hauled in a completion for no gain but Jason Shamatutu (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) forced a fumble and as the ball bounced down toward the Toronto end zone it was Natu Myers (Ottawa) scooping up the ball and securing another Gaels touchdown.
The Gaels hung on from there for the 37-18 victory.
"I would say that as a team we showed some great character today. There were times when the game got close, we really leaned on each other as a team and because of that we were able to pull away in the end." - QB Nate Hobbs
BY THE NUMBERS
2 - Number of Hobbs brothers on the field today. Gaels QB Nate and his older brother Toronto QB Marcus. Each Hobbs brother rushed for a touchdown in the game
10 - Straight punts to open the game
401 - Number of passing yards for Nate Hobbs and the highway the team will take back to Kingston with a 3-2 record
1st - Career touchdown for Natu Myers
7 - Tackles for a loss by Toronto
Pair - Of interceptions for Queen's, one from Frederic Kinkead and the other from Chris Mackey.
GASELS GET PAST BLUES
By UofT Sports Information
The University of Toronto Varsity Blues football team dropped a 37-18 decision to the Queen's Gaels on Saturday, September 26 at Varsity Centre.
With the loss, the Blues drop to 1-3 and sit tied for seventh, while the Gaels improve to 3-2 and are tied for third in the OUA standings.
Second-year running back Divante Smith rushed 19 times for 127 yards, while fifth-year Blues quarterback Simon Nassar was 11-of-29 for 109 yards.
Third-year receiver and McGill Redmen transfer Dallon Kuprowski rushed eight times for 72 yards and one touchdown, while also making four receptions for 45 yards on the day. Running back Alex Malone also had a strong second half, ending the game with 10 rushes for 82 yards.
Rookie linebacker Matt Renaud led Toronto's defence with seven tackles and 0.5 sacks, while veteran defensive back John Connors had 6.5 tackles. Adrian Bernard and Marcus Grandison each racked up six tackles in the loss.
Leading 1-0 early in the second quarter, Gaels quarterback Nate Hobbs connected a six-yard pass with Peter Hannon to give the visiting squad an 8-0 lead.
On the Gaels next drive, a 52-yard reception from Curtis Carmichael brought Queen's to Toronto's 1-yard line; however, the Blues defence came up with a big stop forcing a Hobbs fumble and Marcus Grandison was there to recover it.
Queen's did add to their lead right before halftime though, as Hobbs connected a 54-yard pass with Doug Corby for the major. The Gaels led 15-0 at the midway point of the game.
The Blues got on the board on their first drive of the second half. A one-yard Marcus Hobbs rushing touchdown capped off a 10-play, 65-yard drive and a U of T single made it 15-8 for Queen's midway through the second quarter.
The Gaels restored their lead with a three-yard Justin Gleben rushing touchdown and held a 22-8 heading into the final frame.
U of T brought the game back within reach early in the fourth quarter as Kuprowski scored on a five-yard rush to bring the Blues back within seven (22-15). First-year kicker Anthony Iafrate made good on a 14-yard field goal attempt and Queen's held a four-point lead with 6:02 to go in the game.
The Gaels marched down the field on the ensuing drive and capped off the 75-yard drive with a Nate Hobbs one-yard rushing touchdown. Queen's took the lead for good on the next drive as U of T fumbled the ball and defensive lineman Natu Myers recovered it in the end zone for the major.
Nate Hobbs ended the game 22-of-33 for 401 yards and two majors, while Jesse Andrews rushed 26 times for 155 yards. Corby had five catches for 143 yards and one TD, while Carmichael had seven receptions for 106 yards.
Second-year defensive back Jason Shamatutu led all players with 8.5 tackles and one forced fumble in the victory.
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