Last quarter collapse gives Queen’s come-from-behind win over Mac

Queen’s University tailback Mike Giffin (Kingston) scored three touchdowns in leading the No. 10 ranked Queen’s Golden Gaels to a 24-20 come-from-behind victory over the No. 9 McMaster Marauders on Saturday (Sept. 15) at Richardson Stadium in Kingston.

McMaster was nursing a 20-9 lead in the final quarter of the Ontario University Athletics contest when Queen’s drove down the field with Giffin capping the drive on third and goal from the one-yard line to make the score 20-16. With 8:19 remaining in the game, Gaels quarterback Danny Brannagan (Burlington) connected with Giffin on a nine-yard pass to vault the Gaels into the lead, 23-20.

Giffin, a fourth-year running back, recorded his third consecutive 100-plus-yards running game, posting 115 on 20 carries and one rushing touchdown. He also pulled in four receptions for 93 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

McMaster conceded a single point with 4:50 left in the game to end the scoring. Queen’s linebacker Paul Boshyk (Etobicoke) sealed the Gaels’ victory with under a minute left in the game by intercepting McMaster QB Adam Archibald.

McMaster drops to 1-2 on the season.

Queen’s first touchdown was a 74-yard screen pass by Brannagan to Giffin which put Queen’s up 9-0. McMaster then rallied for 20 points with Archibald connecting for two consecutive touchdown passes. Archibald hit running back Ugonna Ihekwoaba (Burlington) for a 31-yard pass and then completed an eight-yard pass to Rob Serviss (Waterloo).

Archibald, starting his first game at Richardson stadium is his hometown of Kingston, completed 23 of 42 passes for 228 yards, two touchdowns and the late game interception. Serviss was the top receiver on the afternoon with nine receptions for 78 yards and a touchdown.

McMaster rushed for a season-high 138 yards with Ihekwoaba carrying the ball six times for 47 yards and Jermaine Decosta gaining 38 yards on seven carries.

Queen’s Brannagan was 17 for 29 and 273 yards while Robb Bagg (Kingston) was Queen’s top receiver with eight receptions and 89 yards. Queen’s received strong defensive play from fifth year senior linebacker DJ Mulholland (Kingston) who had nine tackles.

McMaster was led defensively by first-year player Mitchell Heighway (London) who had with six tackles, Jason Arakgi (Oakville), with five tackles.

The game can be seen Sunday at noon on tape delay on Cable 14. McMaster plays next Saturday (Sept. 22) as they take on the University of Toronto Varsity Blues at Ivor Wynne stadium at 1 p.m.