In the opening game of the Canada West Conference football season, the University of Alberta Golden Bears came out on the wrong side of a 32-0 score against Saskatchewan. Though the score points toward a one-sided affair, the Bears and Huskies were fairly even for three out of four quarters, with the major damage coming from 17 points in the game’s second quarter. By the end of the first half, Saskatchewan’s lead stretched to 29 points, leaving the game largely out of reach.
The opposing starting quarterbacks, Bears’ Curtis Dell and Huskies’ Drew Burko, were fairly even statistically. Dell went for 16/33 and 147 yards passing, Burko 13/24 and 187 yards. Both quarterbacks threw two interceptions. Ryan Schwartz came in for the Bears in the fourth quarter, going 5/6. Keep in mind that Dell and Schwartz competed for the starting quarterback spot throughout the preseason.
Stephen Fabian, the Bears’ punter, was among the game’s standouts, rushing for 37 of the team’s total yards on the ground. In fact, onlooker Kevin Jesus tweeted this in response to Fabian’s quickness on the field:
Stephen Fabian is the real deal!!! Great leg, good football mind… Possibilities are endless!
— Kevin Jesus (@GlobalJesus) September 1, 2012
Going into the game, the Saskatchewan Huskies were ranked #8 in Canada; however, the next game may be even tougher for the Bears, pitted against rivals and #3 CIS Calgary Dinos. In 2011, the tilts between Alberta and Calgary were dominated by the Dinos, a squad that is once again a favourite to claim the prestigious Vanier Cup.
Griffiths Stadium saw an impressive attendance of 5081, a decided advantage for the Huskies players. Another raucous crowd is expected at football-crazy Calgary.