Volume 95, Issue 24
Tuesday, October 16, 2001
Failed comeback in Kingston
Sluggish start seals Western's fate
By Ryan Dixon
Sooner or later the Western Mustangs are going to have to learn it's tough to get a leg up on the opposition with one foot in the grave.
Saturday, the Queen's Golden Gaels scored on their first play from scrimmage and built a 16-0 lead before the Mustangs got their chin straps done up. Western mounted a strong comeback attempt, but it was all in vain as they dropped to 4-3 on the season, after losing 26-21 in Kingston.
"It was a strange game," said Western head coach Larry Haylor. "It was a game we dominated, but didn't win."
Indeed, the statistical story certainly favoured the purple and white, but Haylor said, even though the Mustang numbers were positive, the final product left something to be desired.
"We got 34 first downs they had ten. We ran 92 offensive plays, so there was tremendous improvement [over past weeks] but we've had to work unbelievably hard for what we get," Haylor said.
The coach added it's going to take a full team commitment to reap the rewards of their labour. "We're not running what I would call 'finished plays.' We had five to seven plays that should have been long touchdowns and they were not. We need 12 players on the field doing the necessary things not nine."
Haylor acknowledged his team needs to improve out of the blocks. "We've got to improve how we start. For 10-15 minutes, we didn't look like we had a singular purpose or passion, which is critical," he said.
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