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The penultimate chapter: USask Huskies to meet Rouge et Or in Vanier Cup – USask News

The Saskatchewan Huskies are back in the Vanier Cup.

Nov 23, 2022
GAME INFORMATION
Date: Saturday, Nov. 26
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Opponent: Laval Rouge et Or
Location: London, Ont.
Venue: Western Alumni Stadium
Watch: CBC
Stream: CBCsports.ca / CBC Gem / CBC Sports on YouTube
Listen: HuskieFAN
The Saskatchewan Huskies are back in the Vanier Cup.
After last season’s heartbreaking defeat to the Western Mustangs in last year’s Vanier Cup, the focus of the program has been a return to this exact stage — the biggest and brightest stage in Canadian university football. The Huskies accomplished said goal this past weekend, thanks to a 36-19 win over the St. Francis Xavier X-Men in the Uteck Bowl.
While the Huskies have been inside the top-four of the U SPORTS Top 10 all year long, since Week 1, the No. 1 ranked team has been those aforementioned Mustangs. Since the season got underway, Western has been favoured to get back to the Vanier — a game they were set to host in their own backyard. But in last Saturday’s Mitchell Bowl, the Laval Rouge et Or spoiled those plans and joined the Huskies in punching their ticket to the 57th Vanier Cup with a 27-20 comeback victory over the host Mustangs.
And as fate would have it, that all sets up this — a meeting between the Huskies and Rouge et Or, as two of U SPORTS most historic programs renew a legendary rivalry.
For the first time since the 2006 Vanier Cup, Saskatchewan and Laval will do battle. 16 years after the Rouge et Or broke the Huskies hearts on their home turf, the pair of programs will meet in a national championship, once again.
That frigid November afternoon in 2006 that saw more than 12,000 fans file into Griffiths was the last of three-straight seasons which all saw Laval and Saskatchewan meet on the national stage. In the 2004 Vanier Cup, Huskies lost 7-1 to the Rouge et Or. A year later, Saskatchewan got their revenge with a 29-27 win in the Mitchell Bowl — the program’s first-ever win over Laval.
Until last season, 2006 was also the last time the Huskies would reach the Vanier Cup. But Huskies head coach Scott Flory has quickly returned the program into the nation’s elite since taking the helm in 2017. Saskatchewan has won three of the last four Hardy Cups — paving the way for a trio of national semifinal appearances. Now, after back-to-back Uteck Bowl victories comes a second-straight Vanier Cup appearance.
But ultimately, it isn’t about getting this far just to get this far. There’s still work to do — the final hurdle remains.
In the offseason, longtime legendary Huskies head coach Brian Towriss looked back on the 2021 season by saying: “This whole thing kind of parallels what happened from 1987-89. They just keep taking one more step and one more step.”
The Huskies are hoping that they can take that next step on Saturday afternoon and win their fourth national championship in program history.
5ish Things:
Kick off for the Vanier Cup is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. The game will be televised on CBC, as well as streamed on CBC’s digital platforms — cbcsports.ca, CBC Gem and the CBC Sports YouTube Channel.
Originally posted at Huskies.USask.ca – click here for the original article.
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