The Université de Montréal Carabins ended their regular season with a 14-9 victory over the McGill Redbirds on Friday at Percival-Molson Stadium.
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The two defensives set the tone as the score was 4-2 in favor of the visitors at the half. The latter recorded two safety touchdowns, while the crowd favorites had provoked one.
The Carabins defense also managed an interception in addition to recovering a dropped ball by the Redbirds in the first half. The Redbirds defense responded with two interceptions.
Already assured of finishing first in the Quebec Student Sport Network (RSEQ), the Carabins kept several of their starting players on the bench for this duel.
Dimitri Morand thus obtained the start at the quarterback position. The hub completed 13 of his 22 passing attempts for 120 yards, but was unable to find a wide receiver in the end zone.
Rather, it was thanks to ground play that the Carabins scored their only major of the game. In his only run of the game, Alex Wedens sped 61 yards, into the Redbirds end zone. In total, seven Carabins players attempted at least one race. Together, they completed 26 sprints, for 206 yards.
For the Redbirds, pivot Dimitrios Sinodinos completed half of his 22 stints for 161 yards and landed a touchdown pass to receiver Pearce Dumay. The latter was the favorite target of his team, with five catches for 114 yards.
The Carabins will now be able to focus on their first elimination test, the Vert & Or of the University of Sherbrooke. The representatives of Estrie will be at CEPSUM, for this semi-final match, on November 6. The Redbirds will be on vacation since they finished fifth and last in the RSEQ.