McMaster’s 12-game home winning streak is over with a disappointing 58-15 loss to the No. 4 Western Mustangs on Saturday (Sept. 7) at Ron Joyce Stadium.
Western struck for 31 first half points including 21 in the second quarter to cruise to its third victory of the Ontario University Athletics’ 2013 season. The Mustangs improve to 3-0 while No. 6 McMaster drops to 1-2 on the season.
|Burlington’s Will Finch broke down McMaster’s secondary en route to five touchdowns. (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson, Aerial Promotions)|
Burlington native Will Finch tossed five touchdowns, finishing the game 27-for-36 with 467-yards in the air. He was able to break down McMaster’s secondary taking advantage of the big play recording touchdowns on three throws over 40-yards. His longest was a 79-yard bomb to receiver George Johnson (London) in the fourth quarter.
Johnson scored two touchdowns while recording 224-yards on nine receptions. Western’s Tommy Marshall (London) also recorded two touchdowns in the game.
|Western’s George Johnson (11) took in nine receptions. (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson, Aerial Promotions)|
Joshua Vandeweerd (Burlington) scored McMaster’s only major of the game with 24 seconds remaining in the third quarter. The second-year Kinesiology student was McMaster’s top receiver finishing with 103-yards on 11 receptions.
McMaster’s Tyler Crapigna (Nepean) was a perfect three-for-three kicking field goals from 44, 36 and 35 yards out.
Marshall Ferguson (Burlington) threw for 312-yards going 27-for-43 with two interceptions and one touchdown.
McMaster tries to reach the end zone late in the fourth quarter. (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson, Aerial Promotions)
Western’s kicker, Lirim Hajrullahu (St. Catharines) hit six field goals, inserting his name into sixth place of the all-time in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport record book.
McMaster’s last home loss came almost two years to the day when they dropped a 48-21 decision to Western on Sept. 10, 2011. That season the Marauders would go on to win the school’s first Vanier Cup.
NOTES: Hajrullahu is tied with 16 others who have hit six field goals in a game… The CIS record his held by Concordia’s Warren Kean who hit nine field goals (vs. St. Mary’s) on Oct. 21, 2006…Announced attendance at Ron Joyce Stadium in Hamilton was 5,003.