SFU Clan celebrate a sweeping victory over UBC.
Capitalizing on two 80-plus yard second-quarter touchdowns, the SFU Clan won the 32nd Shrum Bowl Oct. 17, handily defeating the UBC Thunderbirds 30–1. SFU now leads the all-time Shrum series 16-15-1 over UBC.
The game marked the final time the Shrum Bowl will be played as part of the Canadian Interuniversity Sport regular season. SFU is moving next fall to the U.S. National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) Division II, Great Northwest Athletic Conference.
"It’s a good feeling to know that piece of hardware [Shrum trophy] will be sitting in my office for another year," says SFU head coach Dave Johnson.
Simon Fraser cornerback Marc DesLauriers opened the scoring for the Clan a minute into the second quarter, picking off UBC quarterback Billy Greene and returning it up the right sideline 80 yards for a major to put SFU up 7–0.
SFU extended its advantage only three minutes later, when Caleb Clark connected with Spencer Watt for a 91-yard touchdown strike, SFU’s longest offensive play of the year. Clark then drove 26 yards at the end of the second half after a short punt, capping off the drive with a touchdown plunge from one yard out to put the Clan up 21–0 at the half.
After a single by the Thunderbirds in the third quarter, SFU recovered a fumble on a UBC punt return and drove 30 yards for another major, with Clark connecting on a seven-yard touchdown strike to Andy Emans to put SFU up 28–1. SFU added a safety in the fourth quarter to win 30–1.
The Clan is now 3–4 on the season. They could still make the playoffs if they win their final game Oct. 31 in Winnipeg against the University of Manitoba Bisons and either the University of Regina Rams or the University of Alberta Golden Bears lose both their last two games.
By Scott McLean