November 21, 2003  
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Men's Football

For a lot of university football teams, finishing the season with a winning record and gaining home-field advantage in the first round of the playoffs would be considered a success... but not at Western.

Western's early departure in the first round of the playoffs to the Windsor Lancers marked the end of a season that many people would consider dismal to say the least. The "powerhouse" Lancers had not won a playoff game since 1975, yet they were able to travel to London and beat the Mustangs twice this season and ultimately eliminate the them.

Despite a disappointing performance in the playoffs, the Mustangs did have some significant personal highlights this season. Head coach Larry Haylor recorded his 154th career win, breaking the all-time Canadian Interuniversity Sport record as the winningest coach of all time. Mustangs' quarterback Chris Hessel was third in the country in passing yards and receiver Andy Fantuz was second in Canada with 905 receiving yards.

As well, first year defensive back Chris Ullerick was named the Ontario University Athletics' Rookie of the Year, as his six interceptions placed the rookie DB second in Ontario and sixth in the country.

Rookie running back Randy McAuley emerged late in the season to gain a bucket load of yards (including a 285 yard day against the York Lions) and counterpart Drew Soleyn also provided his typical smash mouth running style to the mix.

Success-O-Meter Score: 6/10

-Mike Burton




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