Mustangs clinch playoff berth

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Western football

Randy McAuley passed the 1,000-yard mark and became the all-time Western Mustangs career touchdown leader as the Mustangs rolled over the Waterloo Warriors 37-3 on the road at University Stadium on Oct. 20.

McAuley scored two rushing touchdowns and another receiving score in the win, which clinches a postseason berth for the Mustangs.

Western finishes in sixth place in the Ontario University Athletics standings and will travel to play at Queen’s on Oct. 27 in the quarter-finals.

Both Western and Waterloo struggled to generate offence at the start of the game, competing with the wind in the opening quarter.

Waterloo generated the only points with a field goal at the end of the first quarter to lead 3-0.

In the second quarter, Western got a 20-yard field goal from Derek Schiavone, a safety and a single to score six points.

The score was 6-3 for the Mustangs at the half.

Western looked like a different team, more determined in the second half.

McAuley ran the ball in for a major on the first possession of the third quarter, and then Western’s defence scored a safety to build a 15-3 lead.

Minutes later, receiver Dave Clayton scored his third touchdown of the season on a 24-yard quick slant route, extending the lead to 22-3.

After Waterloo conceded a single, it was a 23-point run for the Mustangs in the second and third quarters.

The wind gave Western great field position throughout the second and third frames and allowed them to build a strong lead.

McAuley scored again with 11:53 remaining in the fourth quarter to elevate the lead to 30-3. He finished the game with 37 carries for 186 yards and added 41 receiving yards.

Quarterback Michael Faulds was 18 for 31 and threw two scores for 274 yards. He did not throw an interception.

Earlier in the season, McAuley set marks as the all-time Mustangs career leader in rushing yardage and rushing touchdowns as well as kickoff return yardage.

" With files from Mustang Athletics

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