UBC running back Derek Townsend eludes SFU's Ray Wladichuk during the annual cross-town classic.

T-Birds trounce Clan in first at-home Shrum Bowl

October 9, 2007

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By Scott McLean

For the first time ever, the SFU Clan football team hosted a home game at the Burnaby campus Oct. 6 during Shrum Bowl XXX, the annual cross-town rivalry between the Clan and the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds.

Unfortunately, the game itself paled in comparison to that historic feat, as the T-Birds (3-3) left Burnaby Mountain with the Shrum Bowl in tow following a 31-2 rout over the Clan (0-6) in front of more than 1450 fans.

Prior to the upgrading of Terry Fox Field last year, all of the team's home games have been played at various other places around the Lower Mainland since the football program began in 1965.

The win gave UBC a 15-14-1 lead in the series for only the second time in the Shrum Bowl’s 30-year history. The last time was in 1988 when the T-Birds won 25-16, securing a 6-5-1 advantage.

Clan coach Dave Johnson is blunt about his team's performance. "I was shocked," says Johnson of their slow start. "Our defence played with some guts and intestinal fortitude, but offensively we were pitiful.

“This is our place, our fans, our family, our school and we played with less passion and less poise and less emotion than we have all year."
UBC held SFU to 214 yards in total offence.

"It was a big day for their football team, emotionally," says UBC coach Ted Goveia, alluding to SFU's first true home game, "but for us we've got to win to get into the playoffs and that's still in front of us."

Next up for UBC is a trip to Winnipeg to take on the Manitoba Bisons (5-0). The Clan have a bye week, before traveling to Calgary to face the Dinos on Oct. 20.
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