Brad Launhardt and Jonathan Rosery
REGINA, Sask. – The University of Alberta Golden Bears held on for an 18-17 road win over the No. 7-ranked Regina Rams on Friday night in a Canada West game at Mosaic Stadium.
The Rams (1-1) led for the majority of the game until a two-play sequence late in the third quarter. After a bobbled snap on a punt, the Golden Bears took over deep in Rams territory and immediately struck paydirt with a 14-yard by Jonathan Rosery.
That gave Alberta (1-1) a slim one-point edge, and the Golden Bears survived two Rams field goal attempts in the final quarter to hold on for the win. Troy Hansen blocked one of them midway through the fourth, and Aldo Galvan's attempt from 42 yards out sailed right of the upright with just seconds to go on the clock to seal the win for Alberta.
QUOTABLE: COACH MORRIS
"I'm just so proud of how resilient our guys were tonight. There were a couple of times Regina could have pulled away, and our team came up with some huge plays in every situation. They never quit, they always fought on every play, and it paid off." - Alberta head coach Chris Morris
SECOND-HALF PICKS LIFT BEARS
Alberta's defence came up with a trio of interceptions after halftime. Ejuwa Oyama had a pick in the third and both Donovan Burgmaier and Wesley Bookland had interceptions in the fourth quarter. Alberta also got sacks from Aaron Chabaylo and Justice Momoka.
ROSERY LEADS ALBERTA'S OFFENCE
Rosery finished as the game's leader in all-purpose yards, running for a game-high 67 yards while also hauling in four catches for 60 yards through the air.
Both teams play at home next Friday. Alberta hosts Manitoba (1-1), while the Rams will lock horns with Saskatchewan (1-1).