Marauders receiver Rob Serviss scored a 77-yard touchdown with 3:08 in the fourth quarter to quell a Warriors’ come-back and help McMaster to a 39-23 victory over Waterloo on Saturday (Oct. 6).
McMaster started the Ontario University Athletics game strong, taking a 28-3 lead into the half. In the second half, Waterloo employed a “hurry-up” offense using a combination of short passes and quarterback running plays to close the gap to 30-23 in the fourth quarter.
With the momentum in the Warriors favour, McMaster quarterback, Adam Archibald (Kingston), returning from injury that sidelined him for the past two games, threw a perfect pass to Serviss in full stride to put the game out of reach. Archibald completed 20 of 32 passes for 366 yards, four touchdowns and one interception.
Waterloo quarterback, Luke Balch (London) put in an excellent performance completing 26 of 43 passes for 353 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. Balch also led the Warriors rushing attack with four carries for 41 yards.
The game was billed as the battle of the receivers, and McMaster’s receiving corp delivered. Serviss, playing in his last conference game in his hometown of Waterloo, had a career high 132 yards receiving on six passes including a touchdown. Serviss has a career high 482 yards receiving on the season on 31 receptions ranking him fourth in the OUA in receiving yardage.
McMaster’s Mike Bradwell (Toronto), who came into the game leading the Canadian Interuniversity Sport in receiving, had six receptions for 124 yards and a touchdown. Bradwell has 39 receptions for 680 yards and seven touchdowns on the season. He is on pace to set the McMaster record for single season receptions currently held by Mike Linton (48 – set in 2000). He is also in striking distance of the McMaster single season touchdown reception record held by Konrad Gloge (11 – set in 2003) and single season receiving yardage mark held by Ryan Jantzen (1,034 – set in 2000)
McMaster limited the impact of Waterloo receiver Sean Cowie (Burlington), who came into the game as the second leading receiver in the CIS. Cowie finished the day with three receptions for 31 yards. Teammate Joshua Svec (Blenheim, ON) picked up the slack with six receptions for 180 yards including a 90 yard touchdown reception.
On Oct. 13, McMaster (3-3) will host the York Lions (1-5) at 1 p.m. at Ivor Wynne stadium as a part of the McMaster Homecoming festivities.