A young McMaster Marauders squad, with two-thirds of its dressed roster in their first or second year of eligibility, defeated the University of Toronto, 31-11, sending the Blues to their 45th straight Ontario University Athletics football loss.
Playing at Hamilton’s Ivor Wynne Stadium, McMaster took a 6-2 lead into the half and scored 25 points in the second half to secure the victory. Second year Marauder quarterback Ryan Fantham, (London), replacing the injured fifth-year senior Adam Archibald (Kingston), completed 17 of 30 passes for 295 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions on Saturday (Sept. 22) as the Marauders evened their record at 2-2.
Canadian Interuniversity Sports leading receiver, Mike Bradwell (Toronto) had four receptions for 107 yards and a touchdown with Rob Serviss (Waterloo) grabbing three receptions for 73 yards and a touchdown for the Marauders.
The McMaster recruiting class of 2007-08 had an excellent day. Rookie running back Clayton Caesar (Hamilton) received player of the game honours, rushing eight times for 73 yards and a touchdown. Middle linebacker rookie Ryan Chmielewski (St. Catharines) had a monster game with nine tackles, two assisted tackles, two sacks and two fumble recoveries.
U of T quarterback Andrew Gillis (Markham) completed 19 of 36 passes for 168 yards with one interception and no touchdowns. Mark Stinson (Calgary) was his favourite target on the day with eight receptions for 79 yards. Running back, Kris Newman (Scarborough) rushed 17 times for 125 yards and a touchdown.
McMaster (2-2) will play the defending OUA Yates Cup champions, the University of Ottawa Gee Gees (4-0) next Saturday at 1 p.m. at Ivor Wynne. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster online at www.ticketmaster.ca, Ticketmaster by phone at (905) 481-4444, all Ticketmaster locations and at the Hamilton Tiger-Cats Box office at Ivor Wynne
The Blues, 0-4 on the season, meet the current CIS record holder for most consecutive losses (47) in York University (0-4) in the Red and Blue Bowl next Saturday at 1 p.m. at York University.