The Manitoba Bisons are heading to the Hardy Cup after defeating the Saskatchewan Huskies 37-36 on Friday in Canadian university football.
The Huskies had a chance to win on the game’s final play, a 44-yard field-goal attempt, however kicker Denton Kolodzinski shanked the ball low into the offensive line.
Manitoba quarterback Jordan Yantz completed 23-of-36 passes for 372 yards and four touchdowns and ran the ball 10 times for 98 yards.
Yantz hit five different receivers with passes including Nic Demski, who finished the contest with seven catches for 115 yards and three touchdowns. Andrew Smith caught four passes for 95 yards and a touchdown.
Running back Anthony Coombs carried the ball 13 times for the Bisons and produced 48 yards and a touchdown.
Saskatchewan’s quarterback Drew Burko tossed the ball for 502 yards, completing 28-of-47 passes to go along with four touchdowns.
Huskies’ wide receiver Kit Hillis led all players with nine catches for 134 yards and a touchdown while Mitch Hillis had eight catches for 124 yards and two touchdowns. Mitch Stevens also caught a touchdown pass and recorded 101 yards on just two catches.
Saskatchewan led 3-0 after the opening quarter after Kolodzinski hit a 32-yard field goal.
Kicker Nick Boyd tied the game for the Bisons early in the second quarter and Coombs ran 16 yards for the game’s first touchdown.
Manitoba took a 17-3 lead when Yantz hit Smith for a 29-yard touchdown pass, but the Huskies tacked on a safety before halftime.
Saskatchewan put together 17 straight points in the third quarter for a 22-17 lead.
Burko hit Kit Hillis for a 61-yard touchdown pass and Kolodzinski tacked on a 43-yard field goal before Burko found Mitch Hillis for a 10-yard touchdown completion.
Stevens caught a 50-yard pass from Burko early in the fourth quarter to put Saskatchewan ahead 29-17, however Yantz hit Demski just over a minute later with a 39-yard pass, which was his first of three fourth-quarter touchdowns.
Mitch Hillis made it 36-24 for the Huskies after catching his second touchdown pass of the game.
Yantz found Demski twice in the end zone in the final five minutes of the game to put the Bisons ahead 37-36.
Manitoba will meet either the Calgary Dinos or UBC Thunderbirds in the Canada West final. Calgary and UBC play on Saturday.