Varsity Blues defeat Lancers for first time since 2001

Varsity Blues defeat Lancers for first time since 2001

(Photo: Martin Bazyl)

The University of Toronto Varsity Blues football defeated the Windsor Lancers 8-7 on Labour Day Monday (Sept. 7) under the lights at Varsity Centre.

The win marks Toronto's first over Windsor since a 13-11 victory on Oct. 13, 2001. It also brings their head-to-head record versus the Lancers to .500, holding a 21-21-0 standing since their first meeting in 1973.

U of T rookie kicker Anthony Iafrate went 2-for-2, kicking 18- and 29-yard field goals in the victory.

First-year defensive back Nick Hallet of London, Ont., was named the Varsity Blues player of the game after leading all players with seven tackles. Veteran Jaiden McBride added 5.5 tackles, while linebacker Adrian Bernard totalled five tackles and two sacks in the win.

Fifth-year Blues quarterback Simon Nassar was 22-of-39 for 243 yards on the night. His favourite target was Rahul Madan, who made six catches for 65 yards. Sophomore running back Divante Smith rushed 16 times for 71 yards, while also making three receptions for 48 yards.

Windsor's Hugh Paulin went 2-for-3, kicking 20 and 23-yard field goals on back-to-back drives in the second quarter. Defensive back Devon Woods was named the Lancers player of the game, leading his team with 6.5 tackles, one sack and one forced fumble.

Third-year quarterback Casey Wright was 15-for-27 for 126 yards, with Tarrence Crawford rushing 15 times for 98 yards.

The Varsity Blues head into a bye week and return to the field on Saturday, September 19, when they travel to Ottawa to take on the Carleton Ravens.

Toronto returns to Varsity Centre on Saturday, September 26 as they host their annual Hall of Fame Game versus the Queen's Gaels. Kick off is set for 1 p.m.

Source: Toronto Varsity Blues

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