Wilson’s TD with 23 sec­onds left caps Gaiter come­back

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yard catch by Shantino Wilson (Bramp­ton, Ont.) with 23 sec­onds left gave the Bishop’s Gaiters a come­from-be­hind vic­tory, 21-18, over the Mcgill Red­men in CIS foot­ball ac­tion last Satur­day af­ter­noon at Coul­ter Field. Wilson’s touch­down, the first of his ca­reer, was the cul­mi­na­tion of a ten-play, 68-yard drive over 1:37, as the Gaiters com­pleted a come­back from an 11-0 half­time deficit.

Gaiter quar­ter­back Jor­dan Heather (Oro­mocto, N.B.) tossed a pair of touch­downs, as he also found Quincy Van De Cruize (Eto­bi­coke, Ont.) early in the third quar­ter to start the come­back. He fin­ished with 350 yards pass­ing, his fourth 300yard game of the sea­son, as he com­pleted 25 of 47 at­tempts.

The come­back be­gan, much the same way as it did three weeks ago in Montreal, with a big play on the Gaiters’ first play of the sec­ond half. This time, Heather found Van De Cruize open at mid­field, and he evaded a pair of Mcgill de­fen­sive backs and romped into the end zone for a 76-yard score. A pair of sin­gles by Mathieu Paquette (Ma­gog, Que.) cut the gap to 11-9 af­ter three quar­ters.

Jesse Briggs put Mcgill back up 18-9 at 3:56 of the fourth with an 11-yard in­ter­cep­tion re­turn touch­down. How­ever, Paquette’s 41-yard field goal on the next drive cut the mar­gin to 18-12.

With 2:07 to go, the Red­men con­ceded a safety touch, drop­ping the mar­gin to 18-14. Steven Turner’s (Bramp­ton, Ont.) 33-yard kick­off re­turn gave the Gaiters the ball on their own 42-yard line with 2:00 left. Heather com­pleted six of ten passes on the drive as he mas­ter­fully drove the Gaiters down the field for the game-win­ning ma­jor.

Van De Cruize was the Gaiters’ lead­ing re­ceiver, with 150 yards on six catches, while Alexan­der Fox caught seven balls for 84 yards.

The Gaiters out­gained Mcgill 323-261, in­clud­ing 310 sec­ond-half yards. Bishop’s made 18 first downs, to 13 for the Red­men. The Gaiters took 14 penal­ties for 120 yards, while Mcgill was flagged 12 times for 95 yards. Bishop’s caused four Mcgill turnovers, while cough­ing the ball up only twice.

De­fen­sively, Dan West (Ajax, Ont.) led the Gaiters with 6.5 tack­les, in­clud­ing a sack and a forced fum­ble. Elie Ngoyi (Sher­brooke, Que.) and Steven Mc­col­lum (Bramp­ton, Ont.) each had sacks.

With the win and Con­cor­dia’s loss, the Gaiters re­main alive in the Que­bec con­fer­ence play­off race, but need a win next week, com­bined with a Con­cor­dia loss.

The Gaiters (3-5) close out the reg­u­lar sea­son at home on Satur­day, as they host No. 3 Laval (6-1). Kick­off at Coul­ter Field is set for 1 p.m.

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