For the second straight year, the UBC Thunderbirds have ended the football season for the Regina Rams in a Canada West semi-final.
On Saturday in Vancouver, it looked as if the T-Birds were going to roll out a carbon copy of their 44-15 win over Regina last week to end the regular season as they led the game 26-7 at halftime, but the Rams fought back before eventually tapping out with the final score being 28-14.
Regina’s defence neutralized UBC in the second half allowing them just 68 yards of total offence while chipping away at the lead, but they could not find a way to score a game-tying touchdown in the final moments as UBC goes on to play Calgary in the Hardy Cup championship next Saturday in Calgary.
Atlee Simon had a huge day running the football as he carried the ball 26 times for a Rams playoff record 222 yards and a touchdown. His 47 yard run to the endzone with just over five minutes to play was the last TD the Rams would score this year.
UBC’s defence shut down the Regina passing attack as Noah Picton completed just 13 passes for 162 yards with two interceptions.
The loss also ended the university football careers of several Rams including receiver Mitch Picton, linebacker Zack McEachern and defensive lineman Bryce McKinnon who have now exhausted their eligibility.