On a blustery day at Frank Clair Stadium in the nation’s capital, the No. 10 McMaster Marauders defeated the No. 8 Ottawa Gee Gees, 27-15, in the Ontario University Athletics football quarter-final.
McMaster was trailing 15-14 with 10 minutes in the fourth quarter when Maraurder running back Joey Nemet (Burlington) ran for 29 yards to set up his own four-yard rushing touchdown on the ensuing play to give McMaster a 20-15 lead and the eventual victory.
Nemet finished the game with 123 yards rushing on 19 carries and two touchdowns.
Ottawa quarterback Brad Sinopoli (Peterborough) amassed 342 yards in passing on 30 for 54 opportunities including one touchdown and an interception. Sinopoli also rushed eight times for 66 yards for the Gee Gees.
McMaster was two-for-two on third down opportunities.
In the first quarter, McMaster executed a fake punt on third and four from the Ottawa 40 yard line that led to a touchdown five plays later. In the second quarter, the Marauders would convert a third and two opportunity, and two plays later would score their second touchdown of the afternoon.
McMaster quarterback Kyle Quinlan (South Woodsley) completed 11 of his 22 passes for 180 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
McMaster running back Jordan Kozina (Brantford) led McMaster in receiving hauling in three passes for 114 yards including a 65-yard touchdown reception with five minutes remaining in the game to seal the McMaster victory.
Ottawa receiver Cyril Adjeitey (Ghana) had nine receptions for 114 yards. Former Hamilton Hurricane Steven Hughes (Ottawa) added eight receptions for 93 yards.
The McMaster defense, bent but did not break, forcing Ottawa to kick three field goals, two from the 15 yard line in the first half, limited the Gees Gees to zero points in the third quarter, and a lone touchdown in the final quarter of play.
McMaster defensive back Andrew Surya (Burlington) had seven tackles for McMaster. Ryan Chmielewski (St. Catharines) added four tackles and a interception that led to McMaster’s first touchdown.
McMaster had only four Penalties for 21 yards on the day.
McMaster will advance to the OUA semi-final for the first time since 2005. They will travel to Kingston next Saturday (Nov. 7) to face Queen’s Gaels at 1 p.m.