Marauders’ Kyle Quinlan (South Woodsley, ON) scored six touchdowns to lead the McMaster University to a 42-35 upset over the No. 2 ranked Western Mustangs, spoiling Homecoming in front of 9,217 fans at TD Waterhouse Stadium.
McMaster improves to 3-2 on the season, with Western moving to 4-1 in the Ontario University Athletics league.
Quinlan completed 17 of 22 passes for 272 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 72 yards and three touchdowns in the win. “It feels great,” Quinlan said. “It was so important for us with this crowd to build an early lead and we had to silence them.”
It was all McMaster early with two touchdowns, an interception, a blocked field goal and a fumble recovery in the opening quarter. They led 14-0 after the first quarter. “We knew Western was a heck of a team coming in,” Quinlan said. “We knew their defence would not give us easy yards, but our offensive line really made the difference today. They were great.”
Greg Marshall, Western’s head coach who is now 0-2 against his former McMaster team in three seasons, was disappointed with the overall Mustangs effort.
“Not a lot went well,” he said. “To their credit, they are a very well coached football team. They outcoached us today and I don’t like to say it but it’s the truth. Our offence needs to be more consistent and needs to score points so we’re not digging ourselves out of a hole.”
Western quarterback Michael Faulds (Eden Mills, ON) completed 30 of 48 passes for 451 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He was sacked by the McMaster defense four times.
McMaster opened up the game scoring four touchdowns in the first half to take a 28-0 lead going into the half. In the third quarter, the Mustangs galloped back scoring three unanswered touchdowns to pull within seven points. On the next possession, McMaster would orchestrate a seven-play, 89-yard drive capped by a one-yard plunge by Quinlan to stop Western’s comeback bid and take the crowd out of the game.
McMaster running back Jordan Kozina (Brantford) rushed 11 times for 69 yards and added a pair of catches. Joey Nemet (Burlington) had 14 carries for 71 yards.
Marauder receiver Matthew Peressini (Hannon) had four catches for 79 yards. Mike DiCroce (Hamilton) caught four balls for 69 yards. Sean Fahey (Mississauga) scored a pair of touchdowns.
Mustangs’ running back Nathan Riva (LaSalle, ON) led Western with 10 rushes for 65 yards and added three catches for 41 yards. Receiver Nick Travail (London) caught eight passes for 161 yards and a touchdown. Mike Hegarty (Sarnia) hauled in five passes for 112 yards.
McMaster blocked two University of Western Ontario field goal attempts. Defensively, McMaster’s Stephen Dennis (Burlington) had seven solo tackles and four assisted tackles. Cody Lynch (Stoney Creek) had four tackles, five assisted tackles and his third interception on the season.
McMaster now sits in a four-way tie for third place with a 3-2 record along with Guelph, Laurier, and Ottawa.
Western will play host to York University (0-5) next Thursday. McMaster (3-2) will host the University of Toronto Varsity Blues on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Ron Joyce Stadium. Tickets are available online at www.marauders.ca