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Queen's at Laurier - 20120908
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QUEEN'S 42, LAURIER 16
FIRST-HALF QUICK STRIKES FUEL NO. 6 GAELS AS THEY UPEND LAURIER
By John Edwards, Queen's Sports Information
A pair of late first-half touchdowns keyed the No. 6-ranked Queen's Gaels to a 42-16 victory over the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks in OUA football action at University Stadium in Waterloo, Saturday night. Ryan Granberg (Sherwood Park, Alta.) and Justin Chapdelaine (Abbotsford, B.C.) scored 37 seconds apart, at 13:45 and 14:22 of the second quarter, as the Gaels broke the previously-tight game open, turning a slim 8-2 edge into a 20-point cushion at halftime.
Quarterback Billy McPhee (Burlington, Ont.) was masterful, completing 22 of 28 passes for 333 yards, his third career 300-yard passing game, and two touchdowns. His favourite target was Chapdelaine, who had seven catches for 176 yards and a touchdown.
“We had a bit of a slow start. I was a little bit surprised that we were not able to run inside a little better than we did,” said Gaels' head coach Pat Sheahan. “Laurier did a pretty good job managing the run game, so we went to the air and it was very effective.”
The first 28 minutes were a titanic defensive struggle, and it was a defensive play that turned the tide for Queen's. With 1:45 left in the half, Justin Baronaitis (Rexdale, Ont.) intercepted a Travis Eman (Brampton, Ont.) pass down the middle at the Laurier 53, and ran it back 40 yards, giving the Gaels their first red-zone chance of the night.
Three plays later, Granberg cruised into the end zone, putting Queen's up 15-2 with 1:15 to go. The Gaels forced a two-and-out on the next Laurier possession, and took over with 49 seconds left. One play later, McPhee connected with Chapdelaine on a 66-yard pass and run that settled matters and quieted what had been a raucous gathering of 3,802 fans.
“Baronaitis'z interception kind of ignited us, because we went down and scored quickly,” said Sheahan. “We used our time outs effectively on the next series and I thought we were going to play that last [drive] for a field goal but we got the big play.”
The Gaels extended their lead with a pair of third-quarter touchdowns as Tim Godber (Montreal, Que.) scored first career major, and Granberg picked up his second touchdown of the night to give Queen's a 36-9 lead. The fourth-year running back finished with 55 rushing yards on 18 carries, including the pair of scores.
Rookie kicker Dillon Wamsley (London, Ont.) hit four field goals and five conversions overall, and a first-quarter safety touch rounded out the Gaels' scoring.
Laurier replied with a third-quarter touchdown catch by Alex Anthony (Victoria, B.C.), a one-yard catch by Alex Sanchez (Toronto, Ont.) with 1:19 to go, and a first-quarter safety touch. Eman had a difficult day going 9-for-21 for 87 yards. He was replaced by Steve Fantham (London, Ont.) in the fourth quarter, who went 5-for-12 for 75 yards
Defensively, Sam Sabourin (Stittsville, Ont.) led Queen's with 6.5 tackles, including a tackle for loss. Baronaitis finished with five tackles and his interception. Mitchell Bosch (Langley, B.C.) led Laurier with 7.5 tackles and a tackle for loss. The Gaels made two sacks, while Laurier brought down McPhee four times.
Queen's outgained Laurier 405-278, and made 22 first downs to the Golden Hawks' 20. Laurier committed two turnovers, while Queen's had one. Both teams scored seven points off turnovers
Laurier (0-2) hosts the York Lions (1-1) on Saturday. The Gaels (2-0) also return to action on Saturday, as they host the Western Mustangs (2-0). Kickoff at Richardson Stadium is set for 1 p.m., and the game will be carried live on The Score.
NOTES: The win was the 100th career victory for Gaels' defensive coordinator Pat Tracey, his 68th at Queen's … The Gaels are now 9-7 all-time against Laurier, dating back to their win over Waterloo Lutheran in the 1968 College Bowl … Dillon Wamsley is now 7-for-7 on field goal attempts this season. He averaged 44 yards on eight punts … The Gaels have now gone 693:02 since conceding a regular-season rushing touchdown, dating back to October 16, 2010.
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