Looking to remain in the playoff hunt, the Garnet and Grey were handed a 63-19 defeat at the hands of the third-ranked Western Mustangs on Saturday afternoon.
Despite the fact that their opponents had 13 penalties for 129 yards, dropped passes and miscommunication on offence made it difficult for Gee-Gees to keep up with the Mustangs.
On the very first play of the game, Ottawa quarterback Derek Wendel threw an interception. Five plays later, Western found the end zone and never looked back. The Western Mustangs demonstrated why they have the best run game in the country rushing for a total of 538 yards and 9 touchdowns. The defensive unit also had a good day, forcing multiple two and outs as well as not giving the Gee-Gees receivers much space.
At the half, the Gee-Gees trailed 28-10 and seemed to have finally found a pace at which they were comfortable playing. The Mustangs cancelled any plans Ottawa had of a comeback when they scored on their first drive of the second half.
Western limited Derek Wendel to 201 yards throwing, a touchdown pass and two interceptions. For the most part it was Wendel and running back Bryce Vieira carrying the offence as both finished with 74 yards on the ground while Wendel added at touchdown with his legs.
Mack Tommy led all Gee-Gees defenders with 8 tackles, most of them on key second downs. Veterans Tunch Akkaya and Dustin Wilson both intercepted Western quarterback Will Finch once.
Despite the score, it was Ottawa who possessed the ball more, having the ball for 35:15 minutes to Western’s 24:45. The Mustangs proved to be more efficient with the ball as five of their seven runners averaged over 10 yards per carry.
Ottawa’s losing streak has now been extended to four games, which doubles any previous streaks under Coach Jamie Barresi. Including the game against Western, Ottawa has now been outscored on average 56-21 during losses while outscoring opponents 46-20 when they win.
The Garnet and Grey will now head back to Ottawa to close off he season at home against the Toronto Varsity Blues. Last year, Ottawa beat the Varsity Blues in Toronto 41-25. Ottawa will hope to have a repeat of last year’s performance in the final act of the 2015 season.