CALGARY – The Calgary Dinos outscored the Alberta Golden Bears 20-0 in the second half, snapping the Bears four-game win streak with a 34-16 win, Saturday afternoon at McMahon Stadium.
The Dinos, who dominated field position and possession of the ball in the second half, allowed just 34 second half yards from the Bears, as they remain atop Canada West with a 5-1 record.
Calgary also used a dominant rush attack, which saw them out-gain Alberta 211-84 in the win. Overall, the Dinos accumulated 545 total yards, compared to just 341 for Alberta.
The loss for the Bears is their second this season against Calgary, the first coming in Week 1 in Edmonton, which sees Alberta fall to 4-2. Entering the ‘bye’ week, the Bears still hold onto second place in Canada West.
The Bears, thanks to a pair of touchdown passes from Brad Launhardt to Tanner Buchanan, led by as much as eight in the first half. Launhardt finished with 257 yards on 20/30 passing, with the two TD passes.
Bears receiver Ben Kopczynski added to his conference lead with 73 yards on five receptions.
Dinos starter Josiah Joseph finished with 334 yards for the Dinos in his first start of the season, tossing for three touchdown passes, while rushing for another 59 yards on eight carries.
After Alberta led 16-14 at the half, the Dinos took their first lead of the game midway through the third, when Joseph hit Nate Durkan for a 22-yard touchdown.
While the Bears offence struggled to gain ground in the second half, they also committed a handful of costly turnovers. The Bears had four poor snaps in the second half alone, one of which sailed through their own endzone for a Dino safety.
Calgary sealed the win late in the fourth quarter, when Joseph found Dallas Boath for a 28 yard touchdown.
Following the ‘bye’ next weekend, the Bears will host the Regina Rams at Foote Field on October 19th.