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Queen's at Waterloo 20060923
It was a dark and stormy night...and no one but Mrs. Morbey expected the Waterloo Warriors to hang with the Golden Gaels of Queen's, much less squeeze out a last second victory, but that was what occurred at University Stadium as Waterloo handed Queen's a disappointing 14-13 loss.
After Queen’s marched the field and scored the go-ahead touchdown with 1:04 on the clock to make the score 13-8 Gaels, the Warriors pulled out an improbable comeback with the aid of some "interesting" penalty calls ( pass interference calls in last minute?) and home field advantage timekeeping. With 16 seconds left Morbey hooked up with first year receiver Dustin Zender on a 39-yard play down to the Queen’s 2 yard line. That should have been the game, but the game clock wasn't operating, even though the 20-second clock was ticking down. On third and goal with 2 seconds showing on the clock Morbey’s pass was incomplete, however, pass interference in the end zone was called on Queen’s setting up the last play of the game from the one. Morbey’s keeper was successful sending Waterloo to their second straight victory under interim head coach Marshall Bingeman. Morbey led all Waterloo rushers with 117 yards. He also threw for 143 and one touchdown.
Prior to the final minute of the fourth, the game was a defensive struggle. Queen’s led 3-0 after one. Waterloo got on the board late in the second on a 3-yard TD pass from Morbey to Ryan Felhaber. Queen’s hit their second field goal with just over a minute left before the break sending the teams to the dressing room with a 7-6 Waterloo lead as the rains began in earnest. In a down pour starting the third, the defenses took over. Waterloo would get a single on a missed field goal early in the fourth setting up the fantastic finish.
Queen’s could not get untracked on offense until the waning moments of the game. QB Dan Brannigan threw for 158 yards on 16-27 passing, with no touchdowns and one interception. Queen's receivers were open long at various points in the game but could not catch up to Brannagan's passes. Brad Smith caught nine balls for 90 yards for Queen’s, including a 47-yarder to set up the lone Queen's TD, but the other completions were generally for short yardage, and short of first down territory. On the ground, the Gaels had 25 carries, but for only 74 yards, including Mike Giffin's 2-yarder to take the lead in the final minute. The special teams highlight was a 62 yard kick return by Rob Bagg that set up the second of Ryan Elger's two field goals.
Defensively, Queen's held the Warriors to 143 yards passing, but had trouble containing Morbey and the Waterloo running attack which totalled 206 yards. Tim Poffley led all tacklers with 7, while Mike Botting had 6 and Neil Puffer 5. In the interests of fairness, it should be mentioned that a number of early Waterloo drives were stalled by penalties, including a Morbey TD run that was called back.
The win by Waterloo evens their record at 2-2, the same as Queen's and Western who are tied for fifth place in the OUA.
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