Saturday, October 4, 2014 | Football
Photo by Valerie Wutti
After a disappointing performance last weekend the Carleton Ravens were looking to rebound in a big way and they did just that with a 53-32 victory over the Toronto Varsity Blues.
With the win the Ravens improved to 3-2, while the Blues dropped to 1-5 on the season.
Carleton pivot Nick Gorgichuk was 21-of-28 for 302 yards, two touchdown and no interceptions, while Jesse Mills was 3-of-4 for 91 yards and Kyle Van Wynsberghe was 1-of-1 for 76 yards and one touchdown.
The Blues, playing their 1,000th game, had little reason to celebrate with the exception of quarterback Simon Nassar who set a single-game Canadian Interuniversity Sport record with 49 completions.
The fourth-year pivot from Toronto was 49-of-62 for 547 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. He easily shattered the CIS mark of 41 completions set in 1981 by Varsity Blues pivot Dan Feraday and tied in 2012 by current Sherbrooke quarterback Jeremi Roch.
Nassar’s 547 yards through the air and 62 attempts both rank seventh on the all-time CIS list. His 547 passing yards — the highest total in the country this season — are one better than Feraday’s old school mark, also set in 1981.
The Ravens jumped out to a 16-0 first quarter lead and made it 23-0 early in the second quarter.
The Blues finally managed to get on the board late in the second, but the Ravens responded with Van Wynsberghe connecting with Nathaniel Behar for a 76-yard touchdown pass. Carleton extended its lead as Emilio Galotta had a 13-yard fumble return to make it 37-7.
The score was 37-10 at the half as Eric Hewitson completed a 32-yard field goal.
Michael Domagala added 24 and 26 yard field goals in the third quarter, while Nassar had a 24-yard touchdown pass making it 43-17 at the end of three quarters.
Nassar added two more touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, but the Ravens responded with a touchdown and field goal of their own to keep the game out of reach.
The Ravens will head to Guelph next weekend to take on the Gryphons, sitting second in the OUA and winners of their last four, while the Blues head to Kingston to take on the winless Queens Golden Gaels (0-5).