The U of T Varsity Blues football team shocked everyone with an unexpected win over the No. 2 ranked team in Canada, the Ottawa Gee-Gees.
The win marks Toronto’s first victory over Ottawa since 1974, when they beat Ottawa in the Yates Cup.
The win is also the Blues’ first victory over a nationally-ranked team after they defeated Waterloo in 1997. Quarterback Andrew Gillis’ career-high 343 passing yards and running back Aaron Milton’s 147 rushing yards were enough to capture the victory for the Blues. Milton also tied a U of T football record with a rushing touchdown of 105 yards, which ranks fourth in CIS history. Derek Batchelor was another Blues standout: he recorded seven tackles and two interceptions in the game.
Coach Greg DeLaval said, “I am really excited we stepped up today. Any time you go into a game you have a specific game plan, but you have to be able to adapt—we did that today. We are a very young team but we came together and really showed what we are capable of.”
The Blues are showing signs of improvement and this win could just be the beginning. Congratulations, boys.