PHOTO BY MARTIN BAZYEL COURTESY OF THE VARSITY BLUES

Despite a 90-minute lightning delay and inclement weather throughout the match, the University of Toronto Varsity Blues football team defeated the Windsor Lancers 19–12 in a shortened game on Labour Day at Varsity Stadium.

“I think when we first came out… we were firing on all cylinders, we ran the ball [and] we were driving a little bit,” said Blues quarterback Connor Ennis. “I think we went out there and dominated the first half; it got a little sloppy but the defense came out pretty well and a win is a win.”




After an agreement was made between both head coaches, the game was called at 11:30 pm with 6:21 remaining in the fourth quarter. Jordan Gillespie proved to be the hero of the night: the third-year Blues defensive back returned an interception 42 yards for a touchdown to put Toronto ahead 19–6.

“Jordan’s interception was huge,” said Ennis. “He jumped in and took it to the crib. The defence, especially the last two weeks, have played really well. They equalize our mistakes offensively and they are dominating out there.”

Ennis completed nine of 15 pass attempts, throwing for 138 yards, and scoring one touchdown. Toronto executed a run-heavy offense throughout the game, and Kaleb Leach ran for 65 yards on 15 carries. Windsor closed out the match with a late touchdown. Lancers quarterback Colton Allen found Daynar Facey in the end zone for the score. Allen failed to follow the play with a two-point conversion before the game was called.

“We appreciate all the fans who stayed and weathered the storm,” Ennis added. “You always want to win at home and put on a good show for the fans.”

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