After falling behind by two touchdowns early in the first quarter, McMaster Marauders roared back with a vengeance to earn a berth in the Vanier Cup.
The No. 4 ranked Marauders mauled the No. 9 Acadian Axemen, 45-21, in the Uteck Bowl played in Moncton on Friday night (Nov. 18) to advance to the national university championship final on Nov. 25 in Vancouver.
The Marauders found themselves trailing 14-0 before the opening quarter was 10 minutes old. But showing considerable poise, quarterback Kyle Quinlan led his offensive troops to eventually score 38 unanswered points.
The first quarter ended with the Marauders trailing 14-7. By the end of the half, Mac was ahead 31-14 and added another converted touchdown in the third period before the Axemen again found their way into the Marauders’ end zone to end the quarter with a touchdown. Just over two minutes later the Marauders nullified that gain with the game’s final major score.
At the end of the evening, the Marauders had piled up 265 rushing yards and 370 passing yards. Not surprisingly, Quinlan was named the games most valuable player.
Meanwhile, the Mac defensive corps took the wind from the sail of the Axemen. Despite Acadia’s quick start – two touchdowns by the 9.20 mark of the opening quarter – Acadia would finish the night with 95 rushing yards and 292 passing yards.
Scoring for the Marauders were Matthew Peressi (12 yd run); Robert Babic (8-yard pass from Quinlan); Brad Fochesato (75-yard pass from Quinlan and an 11-yard pass from Quinlan); Quinlan (14-yard run); and Joey Nemet (14-yard run). Teddy Peters converted five of the TDs and added a field goal.
In the ground game, Peressi galloped for 147 yards on 17 carries while in the air, Fochesato hauled in five passes for 159 yards.