Pascal Lochard rushed 16 times for 83 yards and a touchdown as No. 1-ranked Laval opened its defence of its Vanier Cup national championship with a 32-8 victory over McGill on Saturday in Canadian university football action.
It marked the 133rd season opener for the Redmen.
Place-kicker Boris Bede, a senior from Toulon, France, led Laval’s offence with 14 points, including a 4-for-4 effort in field goals. Rounding out the scoring for the Rouge et Or (1-0) were three safeties conceded by McGill’s (0-1) offence.
Laval led 11-0 after the opening quarter, 23-0 at halftime and 26-8 after three quarters.
Also in CIS football action, No . 5 Montreal 48 Concordia 3 and No. 3 Calgary 41 UBC 31.
The Rouge et Or jumped into an early lead at the 72-second mark, when Maxime Ducap-Kamara intercepted quarterback Jonathan Collin on McGill’s third offensive play and returned it 60 yards for a touchdown.
McGill’s defence limited Laval QB Tristan Grenon to a 12-for-28 passing performance and only 163 yards. The Rouge et Or registered 21 first downs and 335 yards of net offence, compared to 23 and 251, respectively, by the Redmen.
The lone McGill TD came on an 11-yard toss from Collin to Devon Stewart at 11:48 of the third period.
Collin completed 19-of-42 attempts for 157 yards. He was picked off twice.
McGill had a strong performance on the ground from Luis Guimont-Mota who rushed for 128 yards on 20 carries. The top Redmen receiver was rookie Damian Massey-Hirt, a Montrealer who amassed 88 yards on 11 receptions.
Guillaume Rioux led Laval’s ground game with 49 yards on three carries.
No . 5 Montreal 48 Concordia 3
At Montreal, fifth-year running back Rotrand Sene scored two touchdowns to help the No. 5 Carabins (1-0) defeat the Stingers (0-1) in the RSEQ season opener. He carried the ball 10 times for 182 yards, scoring touchdowns on runs of three and 17 yards — both in the first half.
No. 3 Calgary 41 UBC 31
At Vancouver, the No. 3 Dinos (1-0) took advantage of a special teams miscue in the fourth quarter to spoil the Thunderbirds (0-1) bid for an upset in the season opener. A 42-yard field goal from Calgary kicker Johnny Mark was the difference with just over three minutes remaining. Greg Bowcott was picked off by Hunter Turnbull to end UBC’s hopes for a comeback.
Jordan Yantz threw four touchdown passes as the Manitoba Bisons outslugged the Alberta Golden Bears 65-41 in Canadian university football action in Winnipeg on Friday.
Yantz finished 14 for 19 passes for 215 yards and one interception as the No. 10 Bisons (1-0) stormed ahead with a 17-2 run in the third quarter.
Anthony Coombs ran for two TDs and 223 yards while catching another, while Andrew Smith caught two TD passes. Kienan Lafrance and Nic Demski also scored and Tyler Fong returned another off an interception. Nick Boyd added two field goals.
The loss ruined a spectacular night for Alberta quarterback Ryan Schwartz, who completed 32-of-46 pass attempts for 352 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. Schwartz also ran in a TD of his own and finished with 150 yards rushing.
Aundrey Webster caught two TD passes while Tak Landry and Adam Zajdel also scored.
Elsewhere in CIS it was: No. 9 Saskatchewan 40, Regina 33.
Alberta (0-1) led just once when Stephen Fabian hit a 28-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead in the first quarter.
Just over a minute later Manitoba answered with Lafrance’s TD and never looked back.
Alberta trailed by only one point in the second after Webster caught his second TD to close the deficit to 25-24.
But Yantz found Coombs for a 37-yard TD pass and Fong intercepted Schwartz for a 75-yard return to the end zone. The Bisons scored once more with two seconds left on Demski’s TD and led 46-24 heading into halftime.
No. 9 Huskies 40, Rams 33
At Saskatoon, Mitch Stevens scored his third TD of the game in the fourth quarter to put the Huskies (1-0) ahead for good after the rival Rams (0-1) rallied to tie the game from a 33-7 deficit.