Good football teams need to win ugly games from time to time. The Regina Rams did that Friday night at home.
Aldo Galvan got a second chance to be a hero and he made no mistake as his 10 yard field goal on the last play of the game lifted the Rams to a 19-17 win over the UBC Thunderbirds to improve their record to 2-1.
It was a game the Rams had control of through much of the contest, but two turnovers inside UBC’s five yard line allowed them to hang around and eventually take the lead with two minutes in the 4th quarter when Trevel Pinto’s 24 yd touchdown reception gave them a 17-16 lead.
It looked like UBC might hang on to get the win after Noah Picton fumbled at midfield on the ensuing drive, but the Rams defence held allowing them to get the ball back.
Picton drove the team down to UBC’s 33 yard line, but Galvan was wide from 40 yards. However, a pair of unnecessary roughness calls against UBC on the play moved the ball up 30 yards allowing Galvan to try a much-easier field goal which he made for the win.
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Head Coach Steve Bryce says the victory was one that his guys had to work for.
“Our ball control was pretty weak at times. I thought we were taking care of business, but we were hurting ourselves by turning the ball over at crucial times” Bryce said. “They weren’t doing a lot to hurt us, but we were hurting ourselves. A win like this is great for our character because they believed in one another. It’s an outstanding one for us.”
Kyle Borsa, in for an injured Atlee Simon, ran for 119 yards and a touchdown while rookie receiver Bennett Stusek continued what has been a fine first season with the club by catching six passes for 117 yards and a touchdown.
The Rams will be in Saskatoon next Friday night for the first of two games against the Huskies this season. The U of S fell to 2-1 on the season after being outscored 37-28 by Calgary. The Dinos are 3-0 on the season.