The Bishop's Gaiters earned their first AUS regular season win in dramatic fashion Friday night as they defeated the Mount Allison Mounties 32-31 in double overtime at Alumni Field.
It was a low scoring start to the game as the teams only managed 13 points between them in the opening half of play. The Mounties opened the scoring on a Ryan Lambert field goal in the 2nd quarter. Bishop's answered with a field goal of their own and then added a touchdown to take a 10-3 lead into the locker room at halftime.
The Mounties did the early scoring in the 2nd half, first tying the game when Jakob Loucks hit Quinn LeBlanc for his first of 3 touchdowns on the night. The Mounties struck again when Loucks again found LeBlanc, this time in the end zone to make the score 17-10 for the home side. LeBlanc completed the hat trick when he scored from 7 yards out to run the score to 24-10 for the Mounties.
The Bishop's Gaiters, however, would not go quietly into the night. The purple and white drove the length of the field to score with 2 minutes remaining to make the score 24-17. After the Mounties were forced to punt the Gaiters got the ball back with less than a minute to play. The Gaiters scored on the final play of regulation to bring the score to 24-24 and to force overtime.
Bishop's had the first possession of overtime and once again scored to take a 31-24 lead. Needing to score to keep the game alive, Mounties QB Jakob Loucks hit Malik Richards from 35 yards out for a touchdown. This sent the game to double overtime.
The Mounties defense forced a field goal attempt for the Bishop's which sailed wide but as the ball sailed out of the back of the end zone, the Gaiters collected a single point and a 32-31 lead. The Mounties were unable to score on their final possession and with that, the Gaiters collected their first AUS win.
The Mounties now look ahead to Homecoming Week. The Mounties will host the Saint Mary's Huskies on Saturday, September 23rd at Alumni Field (2PM). The Bishop's Gaiters will play host to the StFX X-Men for their Homecoming game as well.