The McMaster Marauders, who are ranked sixth in the country, picked off six passes from the ninth ranked Ottawa Gee-Gees on Sunday evening.

McMaster took to their home field and used a 22-point second half, with the defense providing eight of those points in the fourth quarter, to move to 2-0 on the season with a 35-22 win. Going along with the six interceptions, the defense had seven sacks, a pick-six and a forced safety to wrangle the Gee-Gees.

First-year defensive back Josh Cumber is looking like an OUA veteran out on the field as he replaces Ben Cross who left the Week 1 game with an injury. Cumber picked off two passes in Sunday’s win to give him three on the season and leads the OUA in the early going.

Throughout the game the defense showed their muscles. Eric Blake, who is in his final year, helped to set up the go-ahead touchdown with an interception in the third quarter while down 15-13. It took QB Andreas Dueck a couple of plays to get the score, hitting Tyson Middlemost for a 14-yard touchdown. From there it was all Mac.

The game was put to bed with just over four minutes to go in the game when linebacker Nate Edwards deflected the pass by the Gee-Gees’ quarterback, then caught it and then ran it in for a pick-six.

On the other side of the ball, Dueck passed for a couple of touchdowns and finished with 25 completions for 247 yards.

Also, in the game place kicker Adam Preocanin moved into third place for McMaster’s all-time career field goals list. Preocanin hit two field goals, from 28 and 33 yards out, to move past Rob Deluca (1985-1988). The Burlington, Ontario native now has 55 field goals in his time with the Marauders and trails Mike Ray (2000-2004) by four field goals. Tyler Crapigna, who plays for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League holds the all-time Marauders record with 84 field goals.

The game was delayed with just over four minutes remaining in the game after Ottawa’s Buettner was hit hard, but legally, by Mario Alyas. Buettner was stretchered off the field and taken to a local medical facility to be evaluated.

The Marauders will stay at home and host the number two ranked Western Mustangs at Ron Joyce Stadium on Saturday, September 7 at 1:00 PM. Western is 1-0 on the season but will play their Week 2 game on Labour Day Monday against the Queen’s Gaels at 7:30 PM in London, Ontario.