Montreal upsets Laval in Quebec City, hoist Dunsmore Cup in enemy territory

The Laval university Rouge et Or saw its conquest for an 11th Quebec Conference crown come to an end on Saturday afternoon, losing 25-10 to the Montreal Carabins in front of 10,507 spectators at Telus Stadium.

The Carabins got revenge after losing to Laval in the last three Dunsmore Cups. The loss for the Rouge et Or means there will be a new Vanier Cup champion.

If was a defensive duel, but the Carabins offence hit the scoreboard first. Montreal quarterback Frederic Paquette-Perrault ended a 94-yard drive with a connection to Kevin Kaya for 26 yards and a touchdown.

On the ensuing Rouge et Or possession, quarterback Thomas Bolduc hit Antoine Dansereau-Leclerc three times. Plus a 36-yard rush by David Coté, led to a Laval field goal, which brought the score to 7-3.

The visitors scored a second touchdown in as many possessions less than three minutes later. Once again, it was the Carabins’ pivot Paquette-Perrault who orchestrated a 75-yard drive on six plays. He found Ryth-Jean Giraud for a 10-yard touchdown. The Carabins entered the locker room in advance 16-3.

After 30 minutes of play, Montreal produced 252 offensive yards, 119 more than Laval. Paquette-Perrault had twice as many yards on the ground (36) as the entire Rouge et Or offence (18).

Down by 16 points, the Rouge et Or attempted a fake field goal. Zack Fitzgerald was intercepted by Marc-Antoine Dequoy who took the ball back 85 yards for a touchdown. Dequoy was named player of the game.

Midway through the fourth quarter Jonathan Breton-Robert caught a three-yard pass from Bolduc to bring the score back to 25-10.

What Laval had to say after the loss

“Today, mistakes were made and the Carabins took advantage. In the circumstances, we fought until the end and I’m proud of the effort of the guys despite everything,” Laval head coach Glen Constantin.

“We’ll give them credit. They made big plays at the right time. They took advantage of our communication errors. Their big players excelled in the right moments,” Laval defensive coordinator Marc Fortier said.

“Generally, they played better than us. Like all the young quarterbacks, Thomas Bolduc made mistakes, but he did just as well. He fought well throughout the game and we did not help much early in the game,” Laval offensive coordinator Justin Éthier said.

“The game plan was good, it’s the execution. The Carabins have a good defence and they have done good players. They stopped the run and put more pressure on me and the receivers. For me, it will be to build on this kind of game for the rest of my career,” Laval quarterback Thomas Bolduc said.

Notes

– Laval quarterback Thomas Bolduc completed 34-of-50 attempts for 331 yards.

– Nine players caught balls for the Rouge et Or. In his last USports game, receiver Christian Dallaire led the way with 79 yards through the air.

– 11 players played their last game with the Rouge et Or. Including Carl Achy, Louis-Philippe St-Amant, Samuel Chénard, Christian Dallaire, Frédéric Gagnon, Dominic Lévesque, Nicolas Viens, Pierre-Karl Lanctôt, Kétel Assé, Samuel Thomassin and Antoine Bernier.

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