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Mistakes cost the Manitoba Bisons in a major way Saturday afternoon as the university football squad lost for the second time in as many tries this season.
The Bisons killed their own momentum with four turnovers to the University of British Columbia as the Thunderbirds rolled to a 32-18 home field triumph.
Manitoba remains winless after dropping its Canada West season-opener 44-23 to the Saskatchewan Huskies last weekend at Investors Group Field.
Gifted possession late in the first quarter on a botched snap off a Manitoba field goal try, UBC marched down the field and scored the game’s first touchdown on a five-yard toss from quarterback Michael O’Connor to Trivel Pinto.
Manitoba trailed 13-0 midway through the second quarter, but finally got on the board when quarterback Theo Deezar found receiver Riley Harrison for a 30-yard TD strike. Manitoba kicker Brad Mikoluff’s 44-yard field goal trimmed the T-birds’ lead to just three before the first half was over.
UBC increased the margin on its first drive of the third quarter as Marcus Davis hauled in a four-yard TD reception.
The turning point came about five minutes later. Deep in T-birds territory, Deezar tossed an errant pass that was picked off by Elliot Graham, who scampered 107 yards for a major score to hand the hosts a 27-10 lead.
Deezar found Stephen Ugbah for an eight-yard TD strike in the fourth quarter but the damage was long done.
The Bisons’ ground game was a non-factor as Deezer was the club’s leading rusher with 17 yards on five carriers. Running back Jamel Lyles was held to 11 yards on 10 carries.
Deezar was 36 of 51 for 326 yards and two touchdowns. His favourite target was Harrison, who registered eight receptions for 115 yards and one major.
U of M hosts the Calgary Dinos on Saturday at 1 p.m.