VANCOUVER – For the second straight regular season, the Manitoba Bisons and UBC Thunderbirds played one of the highest-scoring games in Canada West history.
But just like last year, the Bisons came away empty-handed, dropping a 53-50 decision in a game that needed four overtime sessions.
Last year it was a 52-49 win for UBC that jump-started their run to a Vanier Cup. This win Friday for the Thunderbirds is their second straight to improve to 3-2.
For the Bisons, they fall to 2-3 after losing another game they figured they could have had.
UBC set a school record with 753 yards of offence, which is the second-most ever allowed by a Bisons team. Runningback Ben Cummings tallied 246 rushing yards and two touchdowns while QB Michael O’Connor piled up 463 yards passing, four touchdowns and two interceptions.
Bisons pivot Theo Deezar threw for 368 yards, five touchdowns but three interceptions. Their rushing game was a virtual non-factor: Alex Christie led the way with just 47 yards on nine carries.
Manitoba has the next week off before returning to action in Calgary October 14.