All I got were scores every once in a while. After reading the article on The Whig Standard's web site, it sounds like it was a great game...
I watched the end of the Western-Ottawa game on the Score Saturday. All I can say is that Haylor has to be relieved that they got in on third down in OT, else that crowd looked like it would've lynched him on the spot.
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If not for the fact that the wrong team won in the end, that would have been the greatest finish to a football game I'd ever seen - and that's not an exaggeration.
There were so many emotional swings in the last five minutes or so it was unbelievable. You probably already know the details from the Whig article, but I can't remember a game that had the crowd going up and down like Saturday did. Having about 7, 000 people there sure didn't hurt the atmosphere either.
How did the Western/Ottawa game look? Everything I'd heard about Ottawa until now has said that they're way down this year...would you agree with that? Or is this close score coupled with the fact that the Gaels beat Western with one good quarter and Windsor also pulled one out against the Mustangs a sign that Western really isn't very good either?
As someone who attended the UWO/Ottawa, it was clearly one of the worst played games I've ever seen. 13 turnovers....good God.
That being said, it was exciting as hell. Randy McAuley is the real deal at RB for the Mustangs, and I've talked to him a few times for the school paper and he's a pretty decent guy to boot.
And to second Haz, I totally agree that if UWO had failed to score on that overtime possession, Haylor might've written his death certificate. Funny story.....a buddy of mine is a backup, and apparently Haylor was totally set to go for the field goal, but the offensive coordinator was egging him on. After a minute of haggling, Haylor finally said, and I quote, "Ah, why the fuck not." Now that's coaching.
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Originally posted by Big BadAs someone who attended the UWO/Ottawa, it was clearly one of the worst played games I've ever seen. 13 turnovers....good God.
That hasn't been the only game like that this year. The previous week, Montreal and McGill had a game that had 14 turnovers total. And there's been others too. As much as I love CIS football, the fact is that most of the guys up here are still learning the system. The level of play is far beneath that in the States. In fact, I hate to say this, but my roommate put it best: The average high school player in the States is better than the average Canadian college player just because of the different levels of training involved.
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And the ESPN/Coaches poll: 1. Oklahoma (58) 2. Miami (5) 3. Virginia Tech 4. USC 5. Georgia 6. Washington State 7. Florida State 8. Ohio State 9. Iowa 10. LSU Flies in the ointment: 13. TCU (6-0) 16. Northern Illinois (6-0)