October 7, 2019

U SPORTS Recap: Gaiters, Gee-Gees and T-Birds oh my!

Photo via Bishop's Gaiters twitter

Things got a little crazy in Week 7 of the U SPORTS football season.

The winless UBC T-Birds picked up their first W of the campaign — on the road, no less — the Bishop’s Gaiters hit the three-win mark for the first time since 2013 and 24,000-plus watched uOttawa triumph in the Panda Game at Ottawa’s TD Place stadium.

We’ll start in Canada West, where the T-Birds (1-5) edged Regina (1-5) via 33-28 decision to claim their first win of the year.

While it’s unlikely either the ‘Birds or Rams factor in the western conference’s playoff picture, it was a much-needed win for Blake Nill’s program nonetheless. In other action out west, Calgary (5-1) took care of business against spunky Alberta (4-2) with a 34-16 win.

All eyes were on the nation’s capital Saturday afternoon, as the Ottawa Gee-Gees reversed an early deficit to cruise to a 32-10 win in the Panda Game.

In a throwback to the Boise State/Fiesta Bowl moment of yesteryear, Gee-Gees receiver Kalem Beaver proposed to his girlfriend on the field post-game.

With the win, uOttawa (4-2) is looking on-track to make the playoffs with Windsor (H) and Western (A) to come; Carleton (2-4) is all but done with McMaster (H) and Laurier (A) ahead of it.

Out east, Bishop’s (3-3) returned to .500 with a gutsy 17-11 road win at St. FX (1-5); the Gaiters are now in the driver’s seat for the final playoff spot in the AUS — not bad for a program which hasn’t played post-season football since 2013!

Things went about as you’d expect them to in Quebec, where Laval (4-1) eviscerated Concordia (1-5) 74-0 and undefeated Montreal (6-0) cruised past McGill (2-4) by a 21-3 score.

Who’s Hot: Bishop’s with the full-value road win in Antigonish to pull into the driver’s seat in the AUS race for third place. The Gaiters have SMU (H) and Mt. A (A) on the schedule to finish the year, and a win in one of those two games would likely be enough to get BU back to the playoffs for the first time in a full player cycle. Well done, HC Cherif Nicolas and staff.

Who’s Not: Carleton. While it pains me to say it, this is a Ravens team that at 2-4 is all but done in playoff contention and could very well lose out. There are pieces — especially on defence — but 0-6 York is the only OUA school with fewer points than Carleton (124) and that simply isn’t good enough.

For the full U SPORTS schedule, results and standings, click here.