The University of Regina Rams finished first in the Canada West standings for the first time in program history after Saturday night’s game.
The Rams defeated the Manitoba Bisons 55-21, completing a turnaround after no wins in their 2015 season.
Third-year quarterback Noah Picton added 447 passing yards in the game, breaking a single-season record with 3,174 passing yards for the season. Picton also completed 27 of his 39 pass attempts and threw three touchdowns.
“The numbers are truly a testament to the play of the guys around me,” he said in a news release.
All three of Picton’s touchdowns were to third-year running back Atlee Simon, who ran for another to give him four touchdowns in the game.
The Rams led the game at halftime with a score of 20-0. The Bisons were finally able to score a touchdown late in the third quarter. By the end of the third quarter, the Rams were leading 28-7.
First-year head coach Steve Bryce said he was proud of the team and the positive direction they took.
“By far the most important piece of the puzzle is how well our players have bonded and are playing together as a team,” he said in a news release.
The Rams will play in the Canada West semifinal against UBC at Mosaic Stadium on Saturday.