CALGARY -- It was just the Manitoba Bisons' luck to run into an ornery pack of Dinos.
The University of Calgary football team, admittedly more than a little miffed at a sub-par performance last weekend, took out their collective frustrations on the visiting Bisons, scoring 63 points in the first half en route to a wild 78-54 triumph Saturday night at McMahon Stadium.
Dinos 78 Bisons 54
The 78 points are a Canada West game high, eclipsing the previous total of 77 -- one of several records set on the chilly evening by the hot Dinos.
With the squad firing on all cylinders and freshman Mercer Timmis scoring a conference-tying record five rushing touchdowns, the 7-1 Dinos threw down a pretty significant gauntlet as they and the Bisons will meet on Saturday in one conference semifinal for the right to take part in the Hardy Cup. Kickoff at McMahon Stadium is at 4 p.m.
In the second half, with Calgary resorting to mainly third-stringers, the Bisons came through with several lengthy scoring plays as Manitoba outscored the Dinos 40-15. Coming into this game, Calgary's defence had given up a total of 63 points; it almost doubled that total on the night.
Calgary had gone just over four full games without allowing an offensive touchdown and that streak ended at 10:32 of the first quarter, when Manitoba running back Anthony Coombs scampered 41 yards along the right sideline to put the Bisons on the board.
-- Postmedia News