The Regina Rams and Alberta Golden Bears had perhaps the game of the year in Canadian University Football on Saturday in Edmonton.
The two teams went to double overtime before Regina prevailed by a score of 58-55 as Daniel Scraper hit a 26 yard field goal to improve the Rams record to 4-2 and clinch a playoff spot.
It was the most combined points ever scored in a game involving the Rams. and the most points they’ve ever scored on the road.
The game was also monumental for several players as Atlee Simon became the University of Regina’s all-time touchdown king after a career-long 53-yard rush for a major in the first half, and Mitchell Picton passed Chad Goldie as the school’s all-time leader in touchdown catches after hauling in the 22nd of his career for the Rams’ first points of the game.
Noah Picton tied former Rams quarterback Teale Orban for Canada West’s all-time lead in completions and and also needs just 18 more passing yards to surpass Orban for first in conference history in that category as well.
Simon had a huge outing for the second consecutive game, finishing with 25 rushes for 206 yards as well as catching five passes for a total of 59 yards to set a new career high with 265 all-purpose yards in the win. Two of his catches were for majors and the fourth-year running back added one more touchdown on the ground, marking the sixth time in his Rams career he’s finished with at least three scores.
Picton, who completed 34 of his 45 pass attempts for a total of 386 yards and four touchdowns while also running one in himself, hit Mitchell Picton and Ryan Schienbein for majors in addition to the two to Simon. Schienbein was the team’s top receiver with 10 catches for 112 yards, while Picton had six catches for 102 yards and Kyle Moortgat accumulated 90 yards on his nine catches.
The Rams will be back home next Saturday afternoon against undefeated Calgary in their last regular season home game of the year.