After 10 minutes of play, it looked as if the University of Calgary Dinos were going to have no problem with the University of Regina Rams in Canada West football play at Mosaic Stadium on Saturday afternoon, but the home team had other ideas.
The Dinos jumped out to a 24-0 lead, but Regina fought back and had a chance in the final two minutes to win before falling 42-30 to the number 2 ranked team in Canada to put their record at 4-3 with Calgary now 7-0
Regina cut the lead to 26-14 at the half and had reduced Calgary’s lead to 5, but they could not take the lead with their last hope coming in the game’s final moments but a potential game-winning drive was snuffed out by Calgary who scored a touchdown in the final seconds for the 12 point margin of victory.
Mitch Picton had a huge day for Regina as the Riders draft pick had 10 catches for 177 yards and two touchdowns while Atlee Simon continued his torrid pace running the ball as he had 181 yards on the ground.
Regina quarterback Noah Picton became the all-time leading passer in Canada West history, surpassing former Ram Teale Orban’s career total of 9,449 yards early in the contest. He finished the game with 299 passing yards, bringing his career total to 9,736 with one game left in the 2017 season.
The Rams, who have already clinched a playoff spot, will finish the season next Saturday afternoon in Vancouver as they meet the UBC Thunderbirds.
The scenario is simple: a Regina win clinches second place and home field for the Rams, while a UBC victory would do the same for the Thunderbirds. Either way, the Rams and UBC will meet in the postseason for the right to play for the Hardy Cup.