4th quarter letdown leads to overtime defeat for Rams

After three quarters of play, it looked like the University of Regina Rams were well on their way to being 2-1 on the season as they held a 23-0 lead over the UBC Thunderbirds, but a disastrous 4th quarter led to an overtime defeat.

The TBirds scored 23 points in the final quarter and survived a last-play potential game winning field goal from Aldo Galvan to take the game into overtime.  After seeing the Rams score a touchdown on their first possession, UBC did the same thing and then scored on a two-point convert to take an improbable 31-30 win leaving both teams at 1-2 on the season.

UBC’s fourth-quarter surge saw the Thunderbirds score touchdowns on three consecutive possessions. It all started with a 60-yard run by Isaiah Knight that set up a one-yard Dane Kapler run to get UBC on the board. UBC’s next drive was highlighted by a 33-yard completion to Kellogg and finished off by a one-yard plunge by quarterback Garrett Rooker.  An interception on the ensuing Rams drive gave UBC the ball in Regina territory which led to Rooker finding Edgerrin Williams from 16 yards out for UBC’s third touchdown, then tied the game after the mobile quarterback ran it in for a two-point conversion.

The Rams scored all 23 of their points in the first half, all off balls delivered by Josh Donnelly. Riley Boersma, Kyle Borsa, and D’Sean Mimbs all caught touchdowns in the opening two quarters, and those along with a conceded UBC safety put the Rams up 23-0 at halftime.

The Rams will now regroup and get ready for a game in Saskatoon next Saturday against the 2-1 University of Saskatchewan Huskies in a 2 o’clock start.

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