In the season opener Sat., Sept. 2 against the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds, the Dinos football team came up just short, losing 22-16 in Vancouver. This, despite an excellent game from rookie quarterback Dalin Tollestrup who completed 21 of 35 passes for 228 yards, and a touchdown.
Tollestrup lead the team in rushing with 63 yards followed by running back Justin Marit who ran for 26 yards on seven attempts and RB Alex Andrews who ran for 14 yards on four attempts.
The T-Birds were lead on the ground by Chris Ciezki who ran for 97 yards on 10 attempts.
The T-Birds scored two touchdowns in the 4th quarter and added a field goal to take a 22-9 lead with just under five minutes left. The Dinos attempted a comeback with Tollestrup completing his only TD pass of the day with 2:17 remaining to Jeff Wollin, who led all Calgary receivers with 62 yards.
UBC’s Darren Wilson lead all receivers with 144 yards including a 62-yard TD pass from T-Bird QB Blake Smelser who completed 11 of 23 passes on the day for 202 yards.
Though the Dinos did get a chance to score again with 1:32 left on the clock, after forcing the T-Birds to punt, they could not move the ball and finished their last three downs of the game gaining only one yard.
Next up for the Dinos is a home battle against the hated U of A Golden Bears on Sat., Sept. 9 at McMahon Stadium as part of the U of C’s 40th Anniversary celebration. Admission is free for students with registration at UofCKickoff.com.