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Steve Bryce and his Regina Rams were not going to let the UBC Thunderbirds ruin the start of their 2017 season the way they ruined their 2016 season.
The Thunderbirds eliminated the first-place Rams in a Canada West semi-final game last year, but on Friday night, the number 5 ranked Rams got a measure of revenge by taking out UBC 36-20 as the season got underway.
While Noah Picton threw for 335 yards and two touchdowns in the win, it was the defense that was the story in this game as they held UBC to 318 yards in total offense with a majority of that coming late once the game had been decided.
“Tenacious!!” is how defensive lineman Nick Dheilly described this defence. “I knew we had a great defense coming in, but I think we have a unit that is Vanier Cup worthy, but it’s only one game of 12 for us and next week starts now.”
Dheilly had one of two sacks for Regina on the night with rookie Nick Cross leading the way with 7 1/2 tackles. Cross was the first Rams player to start a season opener fresh out of high school since 2008.
The Rams will now get ready to take on the University of Calgary. That game will go Friday, September 8 in Calgary in a game that starts at 5:30 and can be heard on 620 CKRM.