The Calgary Dinos showed on Friday why they’re the No. 2 university football team in Canada.
Steven Lumbala had three touchdowns as Calgary crushed the Alberta Golden Bears 51-1 in CIS action.
“Steven is an all-Canadian tailback and maybe the best in the country,” said Dinos head coach Blake Nill. “The run game is very important for us, and we were able to use that tonight — and that’s a good sign going forward.”
Lumbala, who has battled an injury through much of the season, had his best performance of the year with a 22-carry, 218-yard, two-touchdown performance on the ground, adding one reception for a 31-yard touchdown.
The Dinos (6-0) win coupled with Manitoba’s loss at Saskatchewan clinched at least second place and a home playoff date and will host a Canada West semi-final for the fifth consecutive season.
“Overall, we make it a point to respect every opponent equally, and that means from a preparation standpoint and playing to your full capacity,” said Nill. “I felt that at times we showed that tonight, but I didn’t feel like we did that well enough.”
Calgary has held on to the No. 2 spot in the CIS football top 10 for five straight weeks.
Alberta (0-6) got its lone point from a 48-yard punt single by Stephen Fabian in the first quarter.
Huskies 44 No. 8 Bisons 39
At Saskatoon, Chase Bradshaw threw two touchdowns and ran in another in the fourth quarter as Saskatchewan (3-3) scored 28 points in the final quarter to stun Manitoba (3-3).