It took an overtime period, but the No, 10 ranked McMaster Marauders defeated the Lancers 15-14 in overtime at the University of Windsor in Ontario University Athletics football on Saturday.
In extra time, the Lancers won the coin toss, but on the first play, McMaster defensive back Michael Daly (Kitchener) intercepted a pass thrown by backup quarterback Greg Orsini (Woodbridge, Ont). On the next drive, McMaster kicker Andy Waugh (Perth, Ont) had his 14-yard field goal blocked by the Lancers and returned to the Marauder end zone. However, a Windsor penalty would negate the return.
The officials ruled that the McMaster field goal was blocked, but that a Windsor player had committed an illegal block in the end zone on the return. Because the illegal block occurred in the end zone, the blocked field goal was deemed to have not been carried out of the end zone and McMaster was awarded a rouge (single point), and would win the game by a one-point margin.
McMaster generated almost twice the offense as the Lancers, amassing 509 yards of net offense on the game compared to 259 for Windsor.
The McMaster offensive output was negated by turnovers and penalties. The Marauders turned the ball over three-times as much as the Lancers, losing it six times (three fumbles and three interceptions) to Windsor’s two turnovers (one interception and one fumble)
McMaster, the second least penalized team in the OUA coming into the game, was flagged for 21 penalties and 170 yards to the Lancers five penalties for 56 yards.
McMaster running back Joey Nemet (Burlington) rushed for 164 yards on 23 carries. Jordan Kozina (Brantford) added 116 yards and a touchdown on 16 attempts. Quarterback Kyle Quinlan (South Woodslee, Ont) completed 11 of 23 passes for 154 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions in his first start in his home region. Matt Peressini (Hannon) led McMaster with five catches for 61 yards and a touchdown.
Windsor starting quarterback Sam Malian (Lasalle, Ont), injured in the second quarter, was replaced by Greg Orsini who completed nine of 17 passes for 89 yards. Lancer running back Kamar Anglin (Newmarket) carried the ball 10 times for 64 yards while receiver Nick Baldassi (Windsor) caught five passes for 76 yards.
Lancer’s fifth year linebacker John Celestino (Windsor) had 11.5 tackles and a forced fumble.
The Marauders (5-2) will celebrate their 72nd Annual Homecoming next Saturday at 1 p.m. at Ron Joyce Stadium when they welcome the University of Guelph (4-3). Windsor (2-5) travels to the capital region next Saturday to face the No. 9 University of Ottawa (5-2).