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Their best passing game of the season so far, a great ground game and a so-so special teams performance added up to a 20-13 victory for the University of Manitoba football team over the Alberta Golden Bears on Saturday at the U of M Stadium.
After losing two straight games to open the season, including a 41-7 loss to the Simon Fraser Clan that could only be classified as an complete beat-down, the Bisons are on a two-game winning streak, the team is 2-2 in the Canada West conference and the defence hasn't given up a touchdown in two games.
Even Bisons head coach Brian Dobie wants to know what is going on.
"I still can't figure this team out. We had that awful start and now we're playing better," Dobie said. "I have to say today, both units did what they had to do. Offence, plugging away to get the first down or getting three or four (yards). Defence, grudgingly giving up yards. I think it was very much a team win. It was not a perfect game but it was a team win."
Manitoba touchdowns were scored by running back Matt Henry and slotback Jeremy Botelho while kicker Scott Dixon booted field goals of 19 and 18 yards.
Alberta's points came on a safety, a single on a missed field goal, a 19-yard field goal by Hugh O'Neill and a late blocked punt-return touchdown by Brent Krawchuk.
HEY, ISN'T THAT MATT HENRY? The Bisons' fourth-year running back, all but invisible in the first two games of the season, rumbled for his second straight 100-yard rushing game. Henry rolled up 126 yards on 20 carries, including the team's first touchdown on its opening drive. The touchdown was set up by a 34-yard catch by Clancy Dioron and a 16-yard grab by Jeremy Botelho as quarterback Nathan Friesen put together the textbook mix of pass-and-run plays.
"We're right back in the thick of things. Canada West was pretty much wide open but now we're on a roll," said Henry
DOMINATING DEFENCE: While Alberta's quarterbacking tandem of Quade Armstrong and Julian Marchand put together a total offence of 333 yards, the Bisons defence made sure they couldn't finish anything they started.
Bisons' linebacker Thomas Hall forced a fumble and recovered it to ruin one drive while John Tietzmann had a pair of interceptions and defensive back Pete Adams grabbed one, which ruined any Golden Bears momentum.
Tietzmann's second interception came deep in Bisons territory with under two minutes left in the game and had 'major' written all over it until the 6-foot, 220-pound linebacker's paws were all over it.
"We just came out really hard and things are starting to click. This was a really important game for us, and now anybody in Canada West can make it happen," said Tietzmann, a first-year Bison out of the B.C. Football League's South Surrey Rams
FABULOUS FRIESEN: Bisons pivot Nathan Friesen has finally been given free reign to play his game, which involves using his athleticism to move the football and make things happen on the ground and in the air. He was the Bisons' second-leading rusher with 35 yards while completing 12 of 20 passes for 176 yards and one interception.