Monday’s clash of top-ten teams in Canada pitted the No. 2 ranked Gaels against the No. 6 ranked Marauders.
After a scoreless first quarter, Queen’s took leads of 11-7 at the half and 24-10 after three quarters, with McMaster being frustrated by turnovers and penalties throughout the game.
Trailing 31-10 in the fourth quarter, McMaster’s come-back bid started as Marshall Ferguson threw scoring strikes to Mike DiCroce and Josh Vandeweerd to get back within a touchdown, but time ran out and Queen’s was able to hang on for the win.
Two interceptions returned for touchdowns by the Gaels’ Yann Dika-Balotoken were the difference, as McMaster turned the ball over seven times on the day.
McMaster also got a 73-yard touchdown reception from Danny Vandervoort in the second quarter and a 15-yard field goal from Tyler Crapigna to complete the team’s scoring.
The Marauders dominated the stat sheet, out-gaining Queen’s with 495 net yards of total offense to 217 for the Gaels. But the turnovers and penalties that killed Marauder drives allowed Queen’s to secure the victory.
The Marauders now face another ranked opponent on Saturday, Sept. 7 when the Western Mustangs visit Ron Joyce Stadium for a crucial contest. Kick-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.