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A helmet of the Saskatchewan Huskies is seen in this file photo. (DAVE CHIDLEY/THE CANADIAN PRESS)
A helmet of the Saskatchewan Huskies is seen in this file photo. (DAVE CHIDLEY/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

CIS football

Huskies crush Thunderbirds, setting up showdown with Rams Add to ...

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.

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.

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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