Dinos quash UBC Thunderbirds 59–11

By Ashton Chugh, September 18 2014 —

In front of the largest sporting crowd the University of British Columbia has seen in over a decade, the Dinos crushed the Thunderbirds 59–11 on Saturday, Sept. 13.

The Dinos opened the game with three consecutive touchdowns on route to a 21–0 lead over the Thunderbirds. For the second week in a row, the Dinos defence didn’t allow their opposition to score a single touchdown.

“I thought the tempo coming out was very good on both sides of the ball, and as the game went on, we were able to settle down, play our brand of football and play with power and intensity,” said Dinos head coach Blake Nill.

The Dinos picked up 719 offensive yards compared to the Thunderbirds’ 177. Mercer Timmis ran for 149 yards and Andrew Buckley continued his strong play from last week by throwing for 322 yards and four touchdowns.

“Buckley was doing a good job making the right reads, and overall our offence moved the ball at will for most of the game,” Nill said.

On the defensive end, Adam Konar and Doctor Cassama each picked up an interception for Calgary. Thomas Spoletini added four solo tackles, which was the most for either team.

UBC’s points came off a pair of safeties and an 80-yard interception return touchdown. The Thunderbirds pivot tandem of Carson Williams and Greg Bowcott managed six completions on 25 attempts for a measly 57 yards. UBC head Coach Shawn Olson said he was embarrassed for the 4,300 fans that turned out to watch the game.

“We did not come out with any energy, we didn’t make any plays,” UBC head coach Shawn Olson told the Ubyssey. “It was embarrassing. Obviously I haven’t prepared our guys well enough to compete at the level we need to compete at to be a top team in the country.”

The win increases the Dinos conference win streak to 11 games. They currently sit at 2–0 for the season.

The Dinos will be back on the road Friday, Sept. 19, to face the Saskatchewan Huskies (1–1) at Griffiths Stadium in Saskatoon.

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