EDMONTON – It was a game that just would not end.
Both the Manitoba Bisons and host Alberta Golden Bears did not budge for six overtime sessions, but finally the Bisons D got a stop in the seventh minigame to emerge victorious with an epic 67-59 win.
The two teams finished regulation tied at 28 thanks to Brad Mikoluff’s 36-yard field goal at the buzzer. After that, the score got out of control.
Alternating who went first, the teams traded touchdowns in the first, third and fourth OT frames, traded field goals in the second, fifth and sixth, before Theo Deezar hit Riley Harrison in the seventh session.
Then the Bisons defence would finally put an end to things: Tanner Hamade picked off Alberta’s QB at the two-yard line to win the game.
Naturally, the stats from the game were eye-popping: Manitoba racked up 696 yards of offence while Alberta managed 638. Deezar went 35/57 for 398 yards and 5 touchdowns. Alex Christie rushed 27 times for 183 yards and a score.
The Bisons are now 3-4 with one game left in their season, tied with UBC for the fourth and final Hardy Cup playoff spot, but the Thunderbirds hold the tiebreaker. The Bisons will need to beat Regina at home October 28 and get some help if they want to make the playoffs.