The University of Saskatchewan (USask) Huskies celebrate winning the Uteck Bowl on Saturday in Montreal. (Photo: USPORTS)

Huskies to play in Vanier Cup national final

For the first time in 15 years, the University of Saskatchewan (USask) Huskies will have a chance to become national football champions this weekend.

The Huskies will battle the Western Mustangs this Saturday at TELUS-Universite Laval Stadium in Quebec City, after earning their first trip to the Vanier Cup national championship game since 2006 with a thrilling 14-10 comeback victory over the host Montreal Carabins in last Saturday’s Uteck Bowl. USask star running back Adam Machart raced 13 yards to score the game-winning touchdown with only five seconds left to send the Huskies to the national final.

“[The Vanier Cup] represents two years of hard work,” said Machart, who rushed for 164 yards and the game-winning touchdown to earn the nod as the offensive player of the game. “We’ve fought so hard for it and now we have a chance to get there.”

The Huskies and Mustangs will battle before a national audience (televised at noon on CBC, with radio broadcast streamed live on HuskieFAN), as USask sets its sights on a chance to win the fourth Vanier Cup in program history in its 10th trip to the national championship game. The Huskies earned their last Vanier Cup title 23 years ago in 1998 when current head coach Scott Flory was an All-Canadian offensive lineman on Saskatchewan’s team that beat Concordia 24-17 to clinch the Huskies third national championship in team history.

For more on Saturday’s game, visit: huskies.usask.ca

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