Western beats rival Queen’s in Yates Cup to clinch home Vanier Cup berth

Keon Edwards rushed for 260 yards and a touchdown and the Western Mustangs moved closer to defending their college football Vanier Cup title with a 44-16 loss to the Queen’s Gaels on Saturday.

Evan Hillock threw three touchdown passes as the Mustangs claimed victory in the Yates Cup, U Sports’ Ontario University Athletic Conference title game.

Edwards fought his way through the Gaels defense all afternoon. His outstanding performance included an 81-yard run in the second quarter to set up a 10-yard touchdown by Keanu Yazbeck.

Yazbeck rushed for 76 yards and two touchdowns while receiver Seth Robertson had 86 yards and a touchdown.

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OUA Men’s Football: Yates Cup

Watch Queen’s take on Western in a battle for the Yates Cup.

Griffin Campbell and Savaughn Magnaye-Jones also had touchdowns through the air for Western.

Kicker Brian Garrity added a field goal and five converts.

Anthony Soles had two quick touchdowns for the Gaels, who got their other points on a safety with less than two minutes remaining.

Western will next face Laval in the Mitchell Bowl, with the winner advancing to the Vanier Cup.

The Rouge et Or defeated Montreal 25-24 in the Dunsmore Cup, the Quebec Student Sports Network conference final.

The Mustangs will host the U Sports Championship Game on Nov. 26 at Western Alumni Stadium in London, Ont.

The other finalist will be chosen in next week’s Uteck Bowl between St. Francis Xavier and Saskatchewan.

The X-Men advanced with a 21-14 victory over Mount Allison in the Loney Bowl, the Atlantic College Sport final, and the Huskies beat UBC 23-8 to win the Hardy Cup as champions. Canada West.

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