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Bisons fall 28-24 to UBC Thunderbirds

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UBC Thunderbirds' Riley Jones (right) tackles University of Manitoba Bisons quarterback Jordan Yantz during their game at Investors Group Field, Saturday.

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UBC Thunderbirds' Riley Jones (right) tackles University of Manitoba Bisons quarterback Jordan Yantz during their game at Investors Group Field, Saturday. Photo Store

The University of Manitoba Bisons almost rammed their way to a second-half comeback at Investors Group Field on Saturday, but ultimately fell 28-24 to the visiting University of British Columbia Thunderbirds.

About 1,500 Bison faithful turned out for the tilt on Saturday afternoon, the football squad’s last regular-season home game of the year. While both teams got off to a sluggish start, the Thunderbirds offence started clicking in the second quarter, as the visitors cruised to an 18-3 lead at the half.

But the Bisons clawed their way back after that, narrowing the lead to just three points after the third quarter and taking a 24-21 lead in the fourth, their final major coming on the back of an electrifying five-yard touchdown strike from pivot Jordan Yantz to running back Anthony Coombs.

Unfortunately, the Thunderbirds responded with a 15-yard touchdown throw of their own just minutes later. The Bisons offered a robust response, and finally pushed their way deep into Thunderbirds territory as the clock almost ran out: but with 20 seconds left in the fourth, Coombs dropped a bomb of a Yantz throw into the endzone, ending the Bisons’ hopes to repeat a thrilling comeback against UBC.

The Bisons now fall to 3-3 on the season. They will go into their bye week, then wrap up their season on the road.

History

Updated on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 5:20 PM CDT: Corrects typo in headline.

6:43 PM: Adds photo.

7:06 PM: Clarifies game was Bisons' last home game of the season.

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