For years the Homecoming football games have epitomized Western spirit by providing countless memories for both students and alumni. Here are just a few that have made football such a rich tradition at Western.
Oct. 26, 1963: With injuries to the two top-string Mustang quarterbacks, head coach John Metras had to turn to half back Ted Miller, the teams third string passer, to lead the home side to a 52-15 Homecoming victory over the Toronto Varsity Blues. Miller, who came into the game in the second quarter when starter Woody Deschamps went down with an injury, threw five touchdown passes.
Oct. 22, 1977: Jamie Bone's back-up quarterback Paul Ford led Western with a solid 19-12 victory over Toronto. Ford, who stepped in for Bone as the starting quarterback was injured during the game with a severely hyper-extended finger, but he overcame the injury, passing for 15 of 23 completions for 227 yards. The win catapulted the Mustangs to first in the division.
Oct. 15, 1983: Darwin Semotiuk struggled in his last year as head coach of the Mustangs as the football team loses to Guelph 36-11 for Homecoming and finishes the season at 3-4-1. It was Western's first Homecoming loss and losing season in 16 years.
Oct. 20, 1984: In Larry Haylor's first Homecoming game as head coach, Western's Tony Bianchi scored four touchdowns and compiled 156 yards in total offence compared to Waterloo's team count of 158. The Mustangs went on to squash the Warriors 72-0 in front of 12,000 spectators who had lost count of the score by the first quarter.
Oct. 18, 1986: In a huge comeback Western rebounded in the third quarter from a 24-7 deficit to earn a come-from-behind victory over McMaster, winning 36-24. The Mustangs, led by quarterback Steve Samways, started their comeback in the third quarter and didn't stop the offensive showcase until Western's Dave Sapunjis returned a Mac kick-off 72 yards to clinch the game.
Oct. 24, 1989: In dramatic fashion, Western came from behind on the final drive to defeat Guelph 24-18. Quarterback Chris Gaffney used an aerial attack featuring future CFL stars Tyrone Williams and Dave Sapunjis.
Oct. 24, 1992: Western clinched a playoff spot with a lopsided 44-7 victory over the McMaster Marauders. The Homecoming crowd was treated to an incredible game by the Mustang defence which shut down the Mac passing game, holding them to a net total of negative one yard.