The Varsity Blues men’s football team improved to 2–3 this year with an impressive 40-26 win against the Waterloo Warriors over the weekend.
U of T was led by the stellar play of sophomore quarterback and Toronto native, Simon Nassar. In the previous week’s loss to the Guelph Gryphons, Nassar stepped in to replace an injured Richard Quittenton and brought the Blues to within two points of the Gryphons with two touchdowns in under two quarters of play.
This weekend, during Nassar’s first start in the Blue and White, he threw only seven incompletions while tallying 298 yards and two touchdowns along with 35 rushing yards and a major.
The Warriors opened the scoring with a 48 yard touchdown reception. But the Blues battled back immediately to secure a lead that they would refuse to relinquish. On the day, Nassar ran in for a 15-yard touchdown, connected with Alex Pierzchalski on a 21-yard bullet, and set up rookie running back Lukas Gavac for his first major off a 10-yard reception, as well as Ashton Nelson for a four-yard score.
Nelson had a season-best game with 122 yards on the ground and also scored his first career touchdown. The rookie running back has now run for at least 100 yards in all but one game this season.
Alex Pierzchalski also had a career-high afternoon with 147 yards, scoring his first major of the 2012 season.
The highlight of the game came off a trick play in the second quarter. First–year punter and quarterback Marcus Hobbs faked the kick while facing third down and threw up field to Trevor Harvey for the first down that would later lead to a Stephan Boroniec touchdown.
The Blues forced over 520 offensive yards in the victory which moves them into a tie for fifth in the OUA with the Laurier Golden Hawks — a team that Toronto shut out in the opening week of the season.