Golden Bears Football
CALGARY – The No. 1-ranked University of Calgary Dinos closed out their 2017 regular season with a lopsided 53-3 loss to the Alberta Golden Bears at McMahon Stadium Saturday afternoon.
After the loss, the Dinos end the regular season with 7-1 record and claim first place in the Canada West standings heading into next weeks playoffs. Thanks to the 50-point margin of victory, and a Huskies loss to the Bisons, the Bears make the post-season for the first time since 2010. Alberta will once again travel down to Calgary, to take on the Dinos in the Canada West semifinal. Regina and UBC will battle in Vancouver in the other semifinal.
It was all Golden Bears right from the beginning as they limited the Dinos to a single point after the first quarter and only had a safety from then on to gift the Dinos another two points giving them the least amount of point scored in a game for the regular season this year. While the Dinos offence lacked, Alberta thrived, putting up their second highest score total for the season and also biggest margin of victory with a 50 point spread.
Turnovers were what ultimately hurt the Dinos, forfeiting eight, which prevented the them to gain any sort of momentum.
Alessandro Molnar did most of the limited damage for the Dinos with the running game. Over nine opportunities he collected 70 yards with his longest run of 26 yards. Brendon Thera-Plamondon also stepped up in the absence of Hunter Karl in the lineup managing 74 yards on eight catches.
TOUCHDOWN: Make that FOUR touchdowns for Tylor Henry in the opening half!! 30-1 @UABearsFootball. #GreenandGold pic.twitter.com/uPG9ZeXxai
For Alberta, it was familiar face Ed Ilnicki who powered his way through the Dinos defence with 159 yards on the ground which was good enough for him to be crowned the new single season all-time rushing leader in Canada West. Tylor Henry also had a stellar game, catching four touchdown passes and recording 159 yards in the air.
FB RECORD: With this run @BearsandPandas RB Ed Ilnicki sets the CW single season rushing record with 1417 yards and counting!#TheNewWest pic.twitter.com/ON3RK349bI
Next week, the Golden Bears will now have to play the waiting game as they hope to be right back at McMahon Stadium for a rematch in the first round of the CW playoffs depending on the results of the Manitoba vs Saskatchewan game played Saturday night. The Dinos, whether its against Saskatchewan or Alberta will be back at McMahon next Saturday to open the 2017 playoffs. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. MT.