Western, who is ranked third in the country, took advantage of the eighth ranked McMaster’s penalty problems. Mac was called for 12 penalties on the day for 110 yards yet, the lower ranked team held their own against a very good offense.

Although the Marauders lost the game, the team’s senior slotback Dan Petermann made six receptions in the game to become the school’s new career receptions leader with 153 catches.

The Mustangs got on the board first when McMaster gave up a safety on their second possession of the game. On the ensuing possession by Western, Gregoire Bouchard was sacked and coughed up the ball to Alec Robinson. Unfortunately, the Marauders could not move the ball and were forced to punt the ball.

McMaster would pick up their first, first down of the game with just under three minutes to go in the opening quarter. But that drive would be stopped when Western forced a fumble by quarter back Andreas Dueck.

Western would score the game’s first major of the game on their first possession of the second quarter to take a 9-0 lead on McMaster.

While the Marauders’ offense was all but shutdown in the first half, the team’s defense and special teams were holding strong during the first half. The only breakdown for the special teams came with just over six minutes left in the half when Western blocked a punt and scooped it up in the end zone for a 16-point lead.

Robbie Yochim and Jake Heathcote both picked off passes for McMaster late in the first half with Heathcote’s pick and 34-yard return led to a Jordan Lyons one-yard rushing touchdown with seconds remaining in the half.

Entering the second half, McMaster turned to quarterback Jackson White who got the offense moving, picking up a first down in the first series but Western also had their offense moving, picking up a field goal just over six-minutes into the third.

White got the ball back and promptly showed that his arm isn’t the only asset he has as he scampered 11-yards for a first down. Multiple times he would take off, picking up 97-yards on ten rushes including a 33-yard run for the Marauders’ only other touchdown in the game. White was 8-for-13 for 103-yards of passing.

That would be as close as Mac got to the Mustangs who added a touchdown and a field goal in the final frame of the game, winning it 29-14. If it had not been for the defense, who were on the field for just over half the game, and Adam Preocanin’s 531 yards worth of punting, the game could have been more lopsided.

Following the game McMaster head coach Greg Knox said of his team’s performance, “We just made too many mistakes today. We’ll learn from those, and experience will help us level out those highs and lows. It’s about improving our execution from play to play.”

White commented on getting into the game that “Every athlete wants to get into a game. I don’t think you come to a school like this and not want to be the starting quarterback. We all want to get in there.” He continued by saying, “We played a very good team in Western, with a very tough defensive front to go against. But I felt well, and we played pretty well, just need to put more points on the board offensively.”

McMaster, now 1-1 on the season, will regroup this week and evaluate who will be their starting quarterback next Saturday when they host the 3-0 Ottawa Gee-Gees at Ron Joyce Stadium starting at 1:00 pm.