Around U Sports: Saskatchewan Huskies, Laval Rouge et Or to meet in 57th Vanier Cup

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We are finally down to two as the Saskatchewan Huskies and Laval Rouge et Or have punched their tickets to the 57th Vanier Cup. It wasn’t a good week for undefeated teams as both were sent hope packing, though both national semi-finals were highly entertaining for television audiences coast-to-coast.

Around U Sports is a weekly feature on 3DownNation that will take readers across the country each week to summarize collegiate football action. It will run through next week’s Vanier Cup and is one day later than usual this week due to the Grey Cup taking place this past weekend.

Saskatchewan Huskies, 36 — St. FX X-Men, 19

The Uteck Bowl was significantly closer than the final score initially suggests as the game was tied 13-13 well into the fourth quarter. The Huskies fumbled five times on the day, losing two, but settled down when it mattered most as Mason Nyhus threw a 41-yard touchdown to Daniel Wiebe with 6:26 remaining. John Stoll intercepted Silas Fagnan on the X-Men’s ensuing possession and returned it for a touchdown, giving Saskatchewan an insurmountable late lead.

Laval Rouge et Or, 27 — Western Mustangs, 20

The Mitchell Bowl appeared destined to be a rout early on after Western linebacker Lourenz Bowers-Kane recovered a high snap in Laval’s end zone to give his team a 17-0 lead. The Rouge et Or battled back to make it 17-4 at halftime and opened the third quarter with a pair of touchdown runs by David Dallaire to take a one-point lead. Western turned the ball over on downs twice in the final frame as Rouge et Or kicker Vincent Blanchard added three field goals to secure the win.

The 57th Vanier Cup will be played on Saturday, Nov. 26 in London, Ont. with kickoff slated for 1:15 p.m. EST. The game will be broadcast in English on CBC TV and CBC Gem and in French on TVA Sports and TVA Plus.

Mark Lee and Dashawn Stephens will be in the booth for CBC with Justin Dunk serving as a panelist and Signa Butler and Rob Pizzo reporting from the sidelines. Denis Casavant and Charles-Antoine Sinotte will be in the booth for TVA with Mathieu Quiviger and Justine St-Martin covering the sidelines.

Saskatchewan and Laval have met in two previous Vanier Cups with the Rouge et Or coming out victorious in 2004 and 2006 in low-scoring affairs. The Huskies lost last year’s Vanier Cup to the Western Mustangs by a score of 27-21, while Laval last appeared in the game in 2018 when they defeated Western 34-20.

Saskatchewan has won three Vanier Cups with the most recent victory coming in 1998, while Laval has won 10 times.

John Hodge is a CFL insider and draft analyst who has been covering the league since 2014.