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Clan football team couldn’t overcome Wolves at Homecoming

September 16, 2014
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Simon Fraser University committed four turnovers in its first annual Homecoming football game en route to a 38-14 loss to Western Oregon University at Swangard Stadium on Sept. 13.

The Clan’s offence just couldn’t get into a rhythm, says Clan head coach Jacques Chapdelaine.

“We got 28 first downs and 410 yards passing, but we shot ourselves in the foot and at the end of the day. It’s like we were looking for ways to lose.”

After a scoreless first quarter, the Wolves got on the board first, following a four-yard touchdown run by Joe Harris.

The Clan responded when Western Oregon fumbled a punt, which was scooped up by Clan fullback Ante Litre, giving SFU the ball at the WOU 30-yard line.

Five plays later, Clan running back Chris Tolbert punched it in from five yards out to tie the game, 7-7.

Looking for a spark and down by 17 points just before halftime, SFU QB Ryan Stanford orchestrated an 11-play 75-yard drive, leading to a nine-yard touchdown pass to running back Cole Tudor.

Stanford would finish with 387 yards passing on the day, with one TD and two INTs.

With Clan WR Lemar Durant out due to illness, teammate Bobby Pospischil stepped up in his place as he hauled in 10 receptions for 145 yards, making many tough catches over the middle.

As well, junior Sam Swerhone caught five passes for 55 yards in his starter’s debut.

On defence, SFU DE Jamie Puffer had another sack, giving him three in two games, and finished with five tackles (three for losses).

Clan LB Jordan Herdman again led the team in tackles with nine.

SFU honoured its 1984 football team at halftime with a handful of former players on hand.

The Clan will now hit the road, after going 0-2 to start the season at home. They will travel to Azusa, Calif., where they will face reigning conference champions Azusa Pacific University Cougars at 6 p.m. on Sept. 20.

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