Record-breaking arm pulls in OUA salute for Brannagan

It’s not likely to surprise anyone who follows Ontario University Athletics football that Queen’s Golden Gaels’ quarterback Dan Brannagan is the offensive player of the week.

The Burlington native became the OUA’s all-time passing leader in a 43-21 victory over the Waterloo Warriors on Saturday (Oct. 10). Brannagan threw for 347 yards to surpass McMaster’s Ben Chapdelaine’s eight-year old record of 9,974 yards. Brannagan has been named OUA offensive football player of the week three times this season.

The fifth-year quarterback now has 9,989 career passing yards, leaving him just 11 shy of becoming only the second Canadian Interuniversity Sport passer to eclipse the 10,000-yard mark.

The No. 4 Queen’s Gaels host the No. 5 Western Mustangs this Saturday (Oct. 17) at 1 p.m., a game that can be seen nationally on The Score Television Network.

On special teams, Matt Falvo, of the Ottawa Gee-Gees, takes a bow. The second-year punter/kicker from Welland had five converts and four field goals in a 50-26 victory over the then-No. 9 Guelph Gryphons on Oct. 9. Falvo hit field goals of nine, 15, 37 and 42 yards. His longest punt was 53 yards. Falvo is 16-of-20 in field goal attempts this season, good for third in OUA. He is also third in OUA scoring with 67 points.

The Ottawa Gee-Gees have replaced Guelph at No. 9 in the CIS national rankings.

The defensive football player of the week is Queen’s David Rooney of Kingston.