Volume 93, Issue 20

October 1, 1999


Ready for Homecoming

J.W. Little, we hardly knew you

Whenever it Raynes, it pours

Catching up on your Readings

Remembering the Mustangs of yesterday

Williams multi-league champ

The mystery behind the man

A flowery talk with Bob LaRose

Sweet perfection in the 1994 season

Sweet perfection in the 1994 season

Perfect, absolutely perfect.

It was the year the Western Mustangs went all the way to the Vanier Cup without a single loss. Here's a football flashback to 1994, the year of the undefeated season.

The Mustangs went through the regular season, consistently destroying their Ontario University Athletics conference opponents. Western overpowered every team they met during the regular season and when the dust cleared, the Mustangs went into the playoffs ranked number one in Canada.

The Yates Cup featured a matchup of Western against the only team who challenged them during the regular season – the Laurier Golden Hawks.

Three years earlier, Western had lost the Yates Cup to the Golden Hawks 13-12. This particular year, however, was going to be different.

The game was close and eventually went into overtime. The extra period wound down with the Mustangs trailing 36-35 until Western kicker Frank Jagas stepped to the stage.

With his team's hopes on the line and nine seconds left on the clock, Jagas made his run and picked his spot. Seconds later, Western was celebrating. The ball had travelled through the uprights for a 15 yard field goal to give Western the victory and the Yates Cup.

The Churchill Bowl came next.

Western was facing the fifth ranked Bishop's University Gaiters. This game took a different turn and Western quickly found themselves in an unusual position. By the end of the first half, the Mustangs were behind 24-9 and appeared to be out of the game. Their perfect season seemed to be coming to an imperfect end.

However, when the second half began, the Mustangs emerged as a different team. When all was said and done, the shocked Bishop's crowd watched helplessly as Western scored 32 unanswered points to win the game 41-24. The road was clear and only the Vanier remained to be conquered.

The fight for the Vanier Cup, the highest trophy in the Canadian Interuniversity Athletics Union, was a long and hard one, as Western had to face the Saskatchewan Huskies.

At first, Western seemed to be on the verge of an easy victory, as they went ahead 34-14. However, the Mustangs squandered their lead in the fourth quarter. Again, Jagas was called up on to help save his team.

Again he did not disappoint.

With four seconds left, Jagas hit a 42 yard field goal. By the end of the day, he had made seven field goals – two of them in overtime, giving the Mustangs a 43-40 lead. The Huskies ran out of steam and couldn't keep up with the Mustangs' charge. Western won the game 50-40 to seal the 1994 Vanier Cup.

To date, this was Western's last Vanier Cup and their last perfect season.

–Sean Maraj

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