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.