Overtime Win Earns Football Team Ticket to Yates Cup

November 03, 2012 - Campus Bulletin

The University of Guelph’s football team advanced to the Yates Cup following a stunning comeback win against Queen’s University Saturday. The Gryphons overcame a 22-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Queen's Gaels 42-39 in Alumni Stadium.

Guelph will play top-ranked McMaster University in the 105th Yates Cup on Saturday, Nov. 10, in Hamilton.

It’s Guelph’s first trip to the provincial finals since 2007. The Gryphons have advanced to the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) finals seven times, winning three OUA banners. The last time Guelph won the Yates Cup was in 1996.

“This is unbelievable,” said head coach Stu Lang following the game. “The kids played so well. At the half we told them that this is no surprise, we’ve been here before — it’s just one of those games. And we came back, fought hard and never gave up. I’m so proud of them.”

The Gryphons were trailing 36-14 with about 10 minutes to go in the fourth quarter. Guelph’s comeback began when Jake Reinhart returned a fumble 15 yards for a touchdown.

Quarterback Jazz Lindsey then broke for an 80-yard touchdown run with under four minutes to play. Backup quarterback Lucas Nangle entered the game with 44 seconds left and found Saxon Lindsey to make the score 36-34. Carl Trivieri then caught the two-point conversion to force overtime.

Lindsey finished the day 14-of-36 passing for 198 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He also had 99 yards rushing and a TD. Michael Fortino was the top receiver for Guelph with four catches for 86 yards and the game-winning score.

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