Gaels end Marauders’ Vanier Cup hopes

The curtain has closed on the No. 10 McMaster men’s football season. The Marauders fell, 32-6, to the No. 4 Queen’s Golden Gaels in the Ontario University Athletics semi-final on Saturday. Queen’s advances to the 102nd OUA Yates Cup for the first time since 2002, when McMaster topped Queen’s 33-19 at Les Prince Field.

At the seven minute mark of the first quarter in Kingston, Queen’s fifth-year defensive back Matt Vickers (Stittsville) picked off McMaster quarterback Kyle Quinlan (South Woodsley) at the McMaster 35 yard line. Five plays later Queen’s scored on Marty Gordon’s (Kingston), one-yard run and Queen’s was in control of the semi-final.

The Queen’s defense was the story of the game. The Gaels held McMaster to just 45 yards rushing on 32 attempts (1.4 yards per carry). They also tallied three interceptions, four pass breakups and three sacks. Queen’s rush ends Osie Ukwuoma (Mississauga) and Shomari Williams (Brampton) combined for 12 tackles and two sacks.

Offensively, the Gaels were led by the running back duo of Jimmy Therrien (Montreal) and Gordon who combined for 146-yards and two touchdowns.

Therrien ran for 89-yards with one touchdown while Gordan had 57 yards and the other major.

Queen’s fifth year quarterback Danny Brannagan (Burlington) was 12 for 25 for 161-yards passing while Quinlan was 12 of 36 for 185 yards.

McMaster receiver Mike Dicroce (Hamilton) had five receptions for 80 yards, rushed on one occasion for seven yards, completed two-of-three passes for 25 yards, returned two punts for 36 yards, returned one kick for 20 yards, and punted twice for 66 yards.

With the wind gusting, McMaster conceded four safeties (eight points) on the afternoon.

Next Saturday, Queen’s will host the 102nd Yates Cup at 4:30 p.m. The Yates Cup was last hosted in Kingston in 1978 with the Golden Gaels emerging victorious and going on to win one of three Vanier Cup titles.

Their opponent will be the winner of the other OUA semi-final game – No.5 Western Mustangs or the No. 7 Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks.