The Guelph Gryphons advanced to the Yates Cup with a stunning comeback. Now they’ll need another unlikely result against a much tougher opponent.
Jazz Lindsey threw a 35-yard touchdown to Micahel Fortino in overtime Saturday as the Gryphons fought back from a 22-point fourth quarter deficit to beat the Queen’s Gaels 42-39 in Canadian university playoff football action.
Dillon Wamsley kicked a 39-yard field goal on the Gaels’ first possession of overtime to put his team up by three. Guelph needed at least a field goal to keep the extra period going, but Fortino broke a tackle after the catch and crossed the goal-line before being mobbed by teammates.
Guelph will play next play the top-ranked McMaster Marauders, who cruised past No. 8 Western Mustangs 42-28.
Trailing 36-14 with just over 10 minutes to go in the fourth, Guelph started on the comeback trail when Jake Reinhart returned a fumble 15 yards for a touchdown.
Lindsey then broke for an 80-yard TD run with under four minutes to play. Backup quarterback Lucas Nangle entered the game with 44 seconds left and found Saxon Lindsey to make the score 36-34. Carl Trivieri then caught the two-point conversion to force overtime.
Lindsey finished the day 14-of-36 passing for 198 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He also had 99 yards rushing and a TD.
Fortino was the top receiver for Guelph, hauling four catches for 86 yards and a TD.
Elsewhere in CIS playoff action it was: No. 2 Laval 46, McGill 9; No. 3 Calgary 57, Manitoba 18; No. 10 Sherbrooke 42, No. 4 Montreal 24; and Saint Mary’s 49, Mount Allison 11.
At Guelph, Ont., Queen’s quarterback Billy McPhee was 22-of-33 passing for 226 yards and touchdown but threw three costly interceptions.
Jesse Andrews had a big game on the ground for the Gaels, rushing for 117 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carriers. T.J. Chase-Dunawa added a 34-yard punt return for TD.
Justin Chapdelaine caught five passes for 79 yards, while Giovanni Aprile also hauled in five catches for 72 yards and TD.
Leading 24-14 at halftime, Queen’s scored 12 points in the third quarter on a safety, a Wamsley field goal and Andrews’ second TD of the game to lead 36-14 heading to the fourth before collapsing in the final period.
No. 1 Marauders 42, No. 8 Mustangs 28
At Hamilton, Kyle Quinlan threw for three touchdowns and 324 yards as the defending Vanier Cup champs continued their undefeated season by eliminating Western.
No. 2 Rouge et Or 46, Redmen 9
At Quebec City, Tristan Grenon threw for 342 yards and two touchdowns as Laval hammered McGill to advance to next weekend’s Dunsmore Cup.
No. 3 Dinos 57, Bisons 18
At Calgary, the Dinos led 42-0 at halftime and went on to blast Manitoba. Calgary now plays No. 7 Regina in the Hardy Cup next weekend.
No. 10 Vert et Or 42, No. 4 Carabins 24
At Montreal, Sherbrooke stunned the Carabins to advance to the Dunsmore Cup, where the Vert et Or will take on Laval.
Huskies 49, Mounties 11
At Halifax, Jean Legault threw two touchdown passes to Kevin Wuthrich and another to Carl Fitzgerald as Saint Mary’s thumped Mount Allison.
The Huskies will play at Acadia next weekend in the Loney Bowl.
(national rankings in parentheses)
Bye: Acadia (No. 9)
Saint Mary’s 49 Mount Allison 11
Laval (No. 2) 46 McGill 9
Sherbrooke (No. 10) 42 Montreal (No. 4) 24
McMaster (No. 1) 42 Western (No. 8) 28
Guelph (No. 5) 42 Queen’s (No. 6) 39 (OT)
Canada West Conference
(No. 3) Calgary 57, Manitoba 18
Regina 31 Saskatchewan 9
Saturday, Nov. 10
Saint Mary’s at Acadia, 12 p.m.
105th Yates Cup
Guelph at McMaster, 1 p.m.
Sherbrooke at Laval, 1:15 p.m.
Canada West Conference
Regina vs. Calgary, 3 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 17
Atlantic champion at Quebec champion, 1 p.m.
Canada West champion at Ontario champion, 4 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 23
48th Vanier Cup
Uteck vs. Mitchell Bowl winners, 7:30 p.m.