The Regina Rams and Calgary Dinos started the Canada West season with a high-scoring contest that saw the defending conference champs, who were ranked #5 in Canada, walk out of Mosaic Stadium with a 49-35 win.
The Dinos looked like they were going to make it a one-sided game as they rolled out to a 21-0 lead, but Regina stormed back and led the game 29-23 at the half.
Calgary got its game back on the track in the 2nd half as they scored on several big plays. Quarterback Adam Sinagra connected with Hunter Karl on a 75 yard touchdown reception and with Dallas Boath for a 74 yard touchdown while running back Jeshrun Antwi had a 62 yard touchdown run.
“This game had a lot of different stories to it.” Rams head coach Steve Bryce moments after the final gun. “You can’t spot team points like we did. We came out kind of insecure and then we figured it out and played well. We gave up too many big plays and we can’t come out in the third quarter and get just one first down and just six points in the second half. We are a better football team than that.”
The loss overshadowed Rams quarterback Noah Picton hitting a monumental career milestone as he became the first player in Canada West history to throw for 10,000 passing yards. Picton moved from eighth up to fifth on U SPORTS’ all-time passing yards list, surpassing former Ottawa pivot Josh Sacobie along with McMaster’s Ben Chapdelaine and Windsor’s Austin Kennedy.
Picton was 21-for-35 and finished with 329 yards including a five-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Schienbein. Kyle Moortgat was the U of R’s leading receiver, catching eight passes for a career-high 130 yards. Atlee Simon had 16 rushes for 146 yards, including a 75-yard rumble for a touchdown which kick-started the Rams’ furious second-quarter rally.
The Rams will now re-group and get ready for their first road game of the year. That goes in Edmonton September 7.