Ryan Granberg scored the decisive touchdown as the No. 8 Queen's Gaels beat the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks 14-10 to advance to the semi-final in Ontario university football playoffs Saturday.
Granberg, who is Canadian university football's leading rusher, scored on a one-yard rush early in the fourth quarter to give Queen's a 14-7 lead.
Up until the touchdown, Queen's had trailed the entire game and all points were posted by the team's two kickers.
Queen's kicker Dan Village hit field goals of 29 yards and 35 yards, while Laurier's Ronald Pfeffer countered with field goals of 11, 17 and 24 yards to conclude the scoring at 10:44 of the fourth quarter.
Both defences stymied each other's offence with the Gaels managing only 379 yards offence while the Golden Hawks put up just 371.
Laurier had several opportunities to blow the game open but failed to convert with two touchdowns being called back on penalties.
Josh Sultana also stopped the Golden Hawks from scoring, intercepting a first-quarter pass from quarterback Shane Kelly in the end zone.
In the other Ontario playoff match, the Windsor Lancers toppled the Ottawa Gee-Gees 50-33 to advance to the semi-finals.
Elsewhere in the CIS it was: UBC 36, No. 1 Calgary 23; No. 2 Laval 37, Bishop's 15; No. 6 Sherbrooke 32, No. 5 Montreal 20; No. 9 Acadia 34, St. FX 15; No. 10 Saskatchewan 67, Alberta 3; Saint Mary's 59, Mount Allison 21; Regina 31, Manitoba 22; and Concordia 58, McGill 30.
Gaels 14, Golden Hawks 11
In Kingston, Ont., Gaels quarterback Ryan Mitchell completed 23-of-38 pass attempts for 272 yards with no touchdowns.
Kelly meanwhile went 30 for 47 for 307 yards, but was intercepted three times.
The victory earned Queen's a semi-final matchup against the No. 3 McMaster Marauders in Hamilton next week.
Lancers 50, Gee-Gees 33
In Ottawa, Lancers quarterback Austin Kennedy dominated in the air with five touchdown passes.
Kennedy went 25 for 34 for 429 yards and ran in a TD of his own while connecting with Jordan Brescacin twice in the end zone.
Aaron Colbon kept the Gee-Gees in the game with 354 passing yards, three touchdown completions and one rushing TD.
Windsor plays the No. 4 Western Mustangs in London, Ont., in the semis next week.
No. 2 Rouge et Or 37, Gaiters 15
At Lennoxville, Que., the Rouge et Or scored 25 points in the first quarter en route to a win over Bishop's.
Sebastian Levesque ran for 128 yards and two touchdowns for Laval (8-1).
Quarterback Jordan Heather did his part for the Gaiters (3-6) by completing 28-of-49 pass attempts for 365 yards and two touchdowns, but he was picked off three times.
No. 9 Axemen 34, X-Men 15
At Antigonish, N.S., A.J. Durling caught a 65-yard TD pass as the Axemen cruised by St. FX.
Kyle Graves threw for 309 yards and three touchdown for Acadia (7-1).
Andrew Hickey replied for the X-Men (2-6) with two touchdowns on the ground.
No. 10 Huskies 67, Golden Bears 3
At Edmonton, Ben Coakwell had three rushing touchdowns as Saskatchewan pummelled the hapless Golden Bears.
Quarterback Trent Peterson connected with Rory Kohlert for two TD passes while Dexter Janke also ran in two TDs for the Huskies (5-3).
Steven Mcaffrey's 27-yard field goal in the third quarter was the lone score for Alberta (0-8), which gave up four fumbles and was intercepted twice.
Stingers 58, Redmen 30
At Montreal, quarterback Reid Quest threw for 356 yards and five touchdowns as Concordia blasted winless McGill.
Quest completed 23-of-31 pass attempts for the Stingers (4-5), which exploded for 28 points in the third quarter.
Ryne Bondy, meanwhile, was prolific in the air by going 35 for 65 for 494 yards and three touchdowns and two interceptions for the Redmen (0-9).
Rams 31, Bisons 22
At Winnipeg, the Rams' defence stifled Manitoba with four interceptions and one fumble recovery.
Quarterback Zach Oleynik threw for 187 yards, one touchdown and one interception for Regina (3-5).
Bisons (3-5) quarterback Khaleal Williams passed for 217 yards, no touchdowns and was picked off four times.
Thunderbirds 36, No. 1 Dinos 23
At Vancouver, Billy Greene was 23 of 42 for 421 yards and four touchdowns as UBC shocked Calgary.
Greene also led the Thunderbirds with 60 yards rushing.
Calgary quarterback Eric Dzwilewski was 16 for 27 for 184 yards and two touchdowns. Dzwilewski also ran for 33 yards and Calgary's third touchdown.
UBC ended the regular season 6-2 and will host a playoff game for the first time since 1999 against the Saskatchewan Huskies next Saturday.
Calgary (7-1) already has home-field advantage locked up throughout the playoffs.
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