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Huskies crush Thunderbirds, setting up showdown with Rams

A helmet of the Saskatchewan Huskies is seen in this file photo.


Drew Burko passed for 321 yards and four touchdowns as the Saskatchewan Huskies defeated the UBC Thunderbirds 54-24 in CIS football on Friday.

With the win, the Huskies (5-3) finish third in the Canada West division and will face provincial rivals the Regina Rams (6-2) in a semifinal on Nov. 2 at Mosaic Stadium.

The No. 7 Rams blanked the University of Alberta 19-0 in Friday's other CIS game.

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The Thunderbirds wrapped their season with a 2-6 record.

Saskatchewan's Cole Samson and UBC's Thomas Moult traded field goals early in the first quarter before Burko hit Charlie Power with a 34-yard TD pass at 1:40 to go ahead 10-3.

Burko carried the momentum into the second, finding Mitch Stevens with a 52-yard touchdown pass to make it 17-3.

Shane Buchanan punched in a touchdown from the one-yard line two minutes later for the Huskies, but UBC cut into the lead with a 15-yard touchdown reception from Patrick Bull at 6:24 to cut the deficit to 24-10.

Saskatchewan entered the half up 31-10 after Chase Bradshaw ran in a major from the red zone with 1:47 left in the second.

Burko hit Stevens again from 35 yards out for the only score of the third.

Daniel English opened the fourth with a 12-yard touchdown catch for the Thunderbirds, but Jarvis James put Saskatchewan up 45-17 when he ran in a TD from 68 yards out.

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Burko found Braeden George from eight yards out and UBC's Lucas Spagnuolo run in a TD to round out the scoring.

No. 7 Rams 19 Golden Bears 0

At Regina, Landon Buch's touchdown rush from the one-yard line in the second quarter was all the offence the Rams needed to keep the University of Alberta (0-8) winless on the season.

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