Laval hands Carabins second loss with overtime thriller

Photo: Jay Ouellet

Mathieu Betts (right) sacked UdeM quarterback Antoine Morand four times during the 18-15 win over the Carabins to become RSEQ’s all-time sack leader.

David Côté’s overtime 12-yard field goal was all the Université Laval Rouge et Or football team needed to squeeze out a 18-15 win over the Université de Montréal (UdeM) Carabins on Oct. 7. It’s the second time this year that the Rouge et Or beat the Carabins, after a September meeting.

The game, played in front of a sellout crowd of 18,234 fans, at the Stade TELUS was a long and hard-fought battle between two of the best university football teams in Canada.

Laval thought they had the game in hand in the fourth quarter. After an interception by Émile Chênevert, David Côté made a 22-yard field goal. In a defensive battle, this kick almost put the last nail in Carabins’ coffin.

But, on the kickoff, Montreal’s Ryan-Jean Giraud ran 61 yards to put the Carabins in good field position. Louis-Philippe Simoneau sent the two teams into overtime with a 49-yard field goal with less than two minutes to play in the fourth quarter.

During the game, Mathieu Betts of the Rouge et Or sacked the Carabins’ quarterback, Antoine Morand, four times, to become the all-time sacks leader in Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) football history. Betts surpassed the mark established by the former Queen’s University Golden Gael, Jim Aru, who had 31.5 career sacks. Betts now has 35.5 sacks with two games remaining this season.

The Rouge et Or only needs one more win in the next two games to clinch this year’s conference championship and home field advantage for the remainder of the playoffs.

Laval will play in Montreal on Oct. 13 against the McGill University Redmen (1-4) at 1 p.m. The Rouge et Or will end the regular season at the Stade TELUS on Oct. 21 against the Université de Sherbrooke Vert et Or.

Laval’s golf teams dominant
The Rouge et Or teams dominated the RSEQ golf championships, held Oct. 2 in Laval.

On the women’s side, Florence Leduc was 17 over par after three rounds to capture the RSEQ championship. Leduc edged teammate Catherine Gariépy by two shots to finish first.

In the team event, Laval’s women golfers were 81 over par and beat the Université de Montréal by nine shots to capture the RSEQ banner.

It was Laval’s third straight championship.

On the men’s side, Baptiste Mory, a native of Tourcoing, France, completed the RSEQ championship with a score of two under par for three rounds, and won the gold medal. Mory won by two shots over Ryan Mitchell of Concordia University and Félix Normand from UdeM.

The men’s team continued their regional domination by winning their 17th straight RSEQ banner by a combined score of 12 over par. The UdeM team finished second, 30 shots behind the Rouge et Or, and McGill University was third.

Laval players were also winners at the individual RSEQ awards. Mory and Gariépy were named the conference’s Most Outstanding Golfers of the Year. Leduc and Antoine Roy were named Rookies of the Year, while Laval’s first-year head coach Mathieu Paradis was named the RSEQ Coach of the Year.