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