Gridiron win gives McMaster home field edge as OUA playoffs start

McMaster fifth year quarterback, Adam Archibald (Kingston) kicked a 48-yard single point rouge through the University Guelph endzone with 6.8 seconds remaining on the clock to give the Marauders a dramatic 37-36 victory over the Gryphons in Guelph. With the victory, McMaster gained home field advantage in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) quarter-final next weekend, when McMaster will play a rematch against the Gryphons.

Archibald established a new McMaster single game passing yardage record completing 27 of 41 passes for 527 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. He surpasses Ben Chapdelaine who threw for 460 in the OUA semi-finals against the University of Western Ontario on Nov. 2, 2001.

In the third quarter, Archibald connected with Mike Bradwell (Toronto) on a 108-yard pass to set the McMaster record for the longest completed pass. The previous record for longest completion was 103 yards, established on a Mark Stubbert to Bob Hultgren pass versus the University of Waterloo on Sept. 30, 1978.

Bradwell, had two touchdowns on the day, to set a third McMaster record for the most receiving touchdowns in a season with nine on the year. The previous record of eight touchdown receptions in a season was shared by Clorindo Grilli (1984) and Ryan Janzen (2000).

The CIS leading receiver coming into the weekend, Mike Bradwell had 12 receptions for 256 yards and two touchdowns in the game. Andrew Ross (Burlington) had six receptions for 103 yards.

The McMaster defense was active all day recording five sacks, three interceptions, two breakups, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery. James Edwards (Hamilton), playing in the linebacker position, in place of the injured Simon Binder (Almonte, ON) had 7.5 tackles and 0.5 sacks. Byron Metcalfe (Pickering) had four tackles, two interceptions, two breakups and a forced fumble for the Marauders.

Guelph was led by Justin Dunk (Guelph), who completed 18 of 32 passes for 201 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions. Dunk also rushed seven times for 70 yards on the game. Guelph running back, Nick Fitzgibbon (Puslinch) had 18 carries for 130 yards and one touchdown. He also had six receptions for 65 yards and a second touchdown. James Savoie (Niagara Falls) had 9.5 tackles for the University of Guelph to lead all tacklers on the day.

McMaster (5-3) will face the University of Guelph (4-4) in the OUA quarter-finals on Saturday Oct. 27 at 1:00 P.M. at Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton.