Western smashes Laurier to win Yates Cup

LONDON, Ont. – Cedric Joseph rushed for 250 yards and three touchdowns to carry the Western Mustangs past the Laurier Golden Hawks 75-32 on Saturday afternoon to win the Yates Cup.

QB Chris Merchant completed 13-of-18 pass attempts for 220 yards and two touchdowns as Western won the Ontario University Athletics football championship for the 31st time. Merchant also rushed nine times for a total of 66 yards and a touchdown. Kicker Marc Liegghio made three field goals and connected on nine conversions.

Quarterback Michael Knevel led Laurier with 432 yards, three TDs and an interception. Receiver Brendan McCracken made six receptions for 152 yards and a touchdown.

Western will go on to face the Acadia Axemen in the Uteck Bowl, the semifinal of the Vanier Cup, Canada’s national university football championship.

– CP

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2 Comments on Western smashes Laurier to win Yates Cup

  1. Hope CFL teams give Merchant a shot as a legit qb prospect. .

    • Dundas dude // November 12, 2017 at 6:29 am //

      Agreed, but the running game is winning it for Western…they have an incredible offence….We don’t see enough of Merchant, given all the other weapons. From a pure entertainment value, a Canadian game between two top universities can’t be beaten.

      Hopefully, this is the year it all works out for Marshall and the Mustangs.

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