The McMaster Marauders football season ended abruptly on Saturday after falling 30-17 in the Mitchell Bowl to the Calgary Dinos.

The seventh ranked Dinos put 16 straight points on the board, including 13 in the second half, to distance themselves from the Yates Cup Champion Marauders, ranked third, and end their chances of appearing in the Vanier Cup. The loss drops McMaster’s record to 4-7 in bowl games.

Throughout the game, Calgary had every answer to the Mac offense, allowing just 69 yards rushing and putting a lot of pressure on third-year quarterback Andreas Dueck which nullified the attack in the air.

Dueck would finish the game with 297 passing yards but just one touchdown on the day. Tommy Nield was the top receiver in the game, finishing with 151 yards on eight receptions, including the touchdown catch in the fourth quarter.

The turning point of the game came in the second quarter with the Marauders trailing by a touchdown but gained momentum and looked to even the game at 14.

McMaster drove 77 yards down the field and appeared to have a touchdown, but the pass was dropped, and they had to settle for three points. That swung the momentum back to Calgary who drove the field and responded with a field goal of their own and took a 17-10 lead to the dressing room at halftime.

The Marauders finish the season with an 8-3 record (6-2 in the regular season) and captured the school’s eighth Yates Cup title as the OUA conference champions. Six members of the squad were named to the OUA conference all-star teams.

Calgary will now face the Montreal Carabins in the 55th Vanier Cup which will be held at Telus Stadium in Quebec City, Quebec on Saturday, November 23 at 1:00 PM.