Photos of the Queen's University Golden Gaels Football team at Guelph Gryphons on September 18, 2010 at University Stadium, Guelph, ON
All photos are by Jeff Chan. Jeff is past Chairman of the Vanier Cup - Canada's University Football Championship and the Premier University Event in Canada, and was a member of the Canadian College Bowl Board and Vanier Cup Organizing Committee from 1978-2000. All photos are Copyright (c) Jeff Chan 2000-2010, but may be used for personal non-commercial use, and by Queen's University, the CIS and its member conferences, and by the Vanier Cup, so long as photo credits are shown or the photos are otherwise attributed to Jeff Chan. All other rights are reserved.
Queen's 15, Guelph 21
TURNOVERS PLAGUE GAELS IN 21-15 LOSS TO GUELPH
By Mike Grobe, Queen's Sports Information
The Queen's Gaels came up short falling 21-15 to the Guelph Gryphons on Saturday afternoon in CIS Football action. The loss drops the Gaels to 1-2 record while Guelph improves to 3-0.
The Gaels committed eight turnovers with Guelph's defence forcing four interceptions, two fumbles, two turnovers on downs and two sacks. Despite the turnovers, Queen's nearly pulled out a victory with several close drives in the final quarter.
Queen's starting QB, Justin Chapdelaine of Abbotsford, B.C., had a tough day, compiling 103 yards and throwing three interceptions in his fourth career start.
First-year QB, Billy McPhee of Burlington, Ont. relieved Chapdelaine late in the third quarter and nearly rallied Queen's to a comeback victory, tossing Queen's only touchdown of the game to Chris Ioannides of Toronto. McPhee finished 10-for-18 for 119 yards with one interception and one touchdown
Gryphons QB, Chris Rossetti of Mississauga, Ont., rushed for a touchdown and threw for another, finishing the day 12 –for-20 for 69 yards. Rossetti connected with Jedd Gardner of Niagara Falls, Ont. for the game-winning touchdown midway through the third quarter to make the score 21-8.
Nick FitzGibbon rushed for 198 yards, including a 71-yard rush in the first quarter setting up the opening field goal by Guelph.
John Miniaci of Toronto led Queen's defence with nine tackles and a sack. Rookie Sam Sabourin of Stittsville, Ont. continued to make his presence known compiling 8.5 tackles in just his third CIS game. Sabourin has already compiled 31.5 tackles in three outings while collecting CIS defensive player of the week honours during Week #1.
Adam Dunk of Guelph, Ont. led the Gryphons on defence finishing with nine tackles on one sack. The Gryphons scored 10 points as a direct result of Queen's turnovers.
Gaels' Dan Village of Abbotsford, B.C hit a career-best 50-yard field goal in the third quarter. His previous longest field goal was 47-yards against Laurier in 2009.
Next week the Gaels will battle the undefeated Ottawa Gee Gees (September 25) at Richardson Stadium, kick off is set for 1:00pm.
NOTES: Village's 50-yard field goal was just two yards shy of a school record held by Blaine Shore. Shore nailed a 52-yard field goal against UQTR on September 8, 1979. McPhee's touchdown pass to Ioannides was his first in the CIS.
GRYPHONS COME UP BIG IN FINAL MINUTES OF THE GAME
By Gryphon Athletics
The Guelph Gryphons held off a final surge by the Queen’s Gaels in the bottom of the fourth quarter to seal the 21-15 win in OUA football on Saturday (Sept. 18) afternoon in front of an excited 2,000 fans at Alumni Stadium.
With the victory, Guelph moves to 3-0, while Queen’s drops to 1-2.
With both teams coming off big wins, it was anticipated that Saturday would be an afternoon full of excitement and both squads didn’t disappoint. With the decision of the game coming down to the dying minutes, the tension was high for all sixty minutes of play.
On offence for the Gryphons, Nick FitzGibbon had a great afternoon, picking up 200 rushing yards, with his longest going for 71 yards down the center of the field. Quarterback Chris Rossetti went 12-20 for 69 yards and a touchdown and also picked up 47 yards on the ground with a touchdown. Leading the Guelph receivers, Jedd Gardener had 46 yards.
Defensively, veteran Adam Dunk led the team, finishing with 9 tackles and a sack. Also having a great game, defensive back Mark Durigon, pulled in two interceptions (his third and fourth of the season), while Jordan Duncan snatched two as well.
Starting quarterback for Queen’s, Justin Chapdelaine, was 11-for-23, with 103 yards and three interceptions. Billy McPhee, who took over at the end of the third quarter, went 10-for-18 for 119 yards, with one touchdown and an interception. Chris Ioannides led the receiving crew with 91 yards on 6 touches and Jimmy Therrien was the leading rusher with 38 yards on 10 carries.
John Miniaci led the Gaels on defence with 9 tackles and a sack and close behind was Sam Sabourin with 8.5 tackles.
The first quarter saw back and forth action between the teams that only amounted to a field goal for either side. Kicking was a large part of this afternoon’s tilt as Guelph kicker, Julian Tropea, had two field goals, as well as a kickoff that soared deep into the end zone for a single point. For Queen’s, Dan Village was also responsible for two field goals, one of which being a 50-yarder to close the gap in the third quarter.
In the second quarter, the Gryphons would put up their first touchdown of the game to pull ahead 13-3. With the ball on the one-yard line, Rossetti rolled out to pass, but seeing a gap, took off up the middle and with his feet tied up, stretched over the goal line for six points. Tropea was good on the point after attempt.
In the third, Queen’s would score first on Village’s 50-yard field goal, but Guelph would respond quickly with another major. After two long runs from FitzGibbons and a reception by Gardner up the middle, the Gryphons found themselves on the Gaels’ three-yard line. Following one failed attempt on the ground, Rossetti sent a laser to the side of the end zone where Gardner went horizontal to wrestle in the ball. Tropea would make the point after again and the Gryphons enjoyed a 20-8 lead, soon to be 21-8, as Tropea’s kickoff would roll out of the end zone.
With two minutes left in the quarter, Queen’s switched quarterbacks, sending in the young cannon, McPhee, who made quick work of finding the end zone. Sending all of his receivers to the right, McPhee rolled out and passed against the grain to a wide-open Ionnides, who scampered into the end zone for six points. Village’s point after was good and the Gaels narrowed the score to 21-15.
Neither team would score in the fourth, as Tropea was wide on a 33-yard kick and a 60-yard toss from McPhee slid through the fingertips of an airborne Devan Sheahan. The Gryphon defence was tested late, but on a third down conversion deep in Guelph territory, they stuffed the Gaels and ruined any chance for a comeback, leaving the final score 21-15 in favor of the Gryphons.
Next week both squads are at home to face their next opponents. The Gaels will host the Ottawa Gee-Gees (Sept. 25), while Guelph puts on a homecoming event against their rivals, the Western Mustangs next Saturday (Sept. 25) live on The Score. Kickoff for both games will be at 1:00pm.