University of Calgary

Time for KICKOFF

UToday HomeSeptember 7, 2012

The Dinos take on their provincial rival in the KICKOFF homecoming game Friday at 5:30 p.m., with a tailgate party starting at 3 p.m. at McMahon Stadium.The Dinos take on their provincial rival in the KICKOFF homecoming game Friday at 5:30 p.m., with a tailgate party starting at 3 p.m. at McMahon Stadium.The Dinos hope their dominance over the Alberta Golden Bears continues in KICKOFF VII.

The seventh annual homecoming game kicks off Friday night at 5:30 p.m. at McMahon Stadium, with tailgate festivities starting in the east parking lot at 3 p.m. It’s the official end to orientation week, and thousands of first-year students will be on hand to cheer the Dinos to victory and kickstart the 2012-13 school year.

The Battle of Alberta has been mostly one-sided over the past several years, with the Dinos riding a seven-game win streak against the Bears, including playoff wins in 2009 and 2010. That streak started with a KICKOFF win in 2009, a 34-31 thriller. Since then, the Bears have averaged fewer than eight points per game in their six subsequent contests against the Dinos.

Ranked No. 3 in the nation, the four-time defending conference champion Dinos are coming off a 37-21 win over the Regina Rams last Saturday, extending their regular-season home win streak to eight games while holding the Rams under 350 yards of total offence.

The Bears, meanwhile, were shut out on the road by the Saskatchewan Huskies, who held their young opponents to just 208 offensive yards in a 32-0 performance. Second-year head coach Jeff Stead and the Bears will look to improve on that performance.

It’s the first of two meetings between the provincial rivals this season. The Dinos will visit Foote Field in Edmonton Oct. 12 in the return match. Calgary won the lone meeting in 2011, earning a 61-7 win at McMahon Stadium on Oct. 2.

Calgary has won the last four KICKOFF games, including an electrifying 30-25 victory over UBC last year on Steven Lumbala’s last-minute touchdown.

Lumbala was one of the stars in the opening-week win, running for 150 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Third-year quarterback Eric Dzwilewski recorded the first 300-yard passing game of his career as the Dinos spread out their offence. Brett Blaszko took a short pass over the middle 65 yards to the endzone on his first CIS catch and finished as the team’s leading receiver with 104 yards on six catches – an impressive rookie debut.

After opening with two straight at home, the Dinos head on the road for a pair starting next week in Manitoba followed by a date with the UBC Thunderbirds in Vancouver. Calgary returns to McMahon Stadium Sept. 29 to face the Saskatchewan Huskies.