A chance to extend the life of Taylor Field came up short as the Regina Rams lost 40-34 to UBC in the Canada-West football semifinals.
The top-ranked Rams guaranteed themselves home games for all of Canada West playoffs, giving the current Mosaic Stadium an extra night of life Saturday.
What started as a close contest saw UBC take control in the third quarter, the Thunderbirds led 32-12 into the fourth quarter.
A late charge of 21 points was not enough for Regina in the fourth quarter, but did give some hope for a comeback.
“We were all very disappointed with what happened,” said Rams coach Steve Bryce. “We put ourselves in some bad spots and they executed.”
Atlee Simon led the Rams offense with three touchdowns and 78-yards rushing. Quarterback Noah Picton threw for 364-yards and a touchdown in the losing effort.
Despite the loss, there are still many positives for the Rams. Regina pulled off a 6-2 record in 2016 after going 0-8 in 2015.
“It was a remarkable performance and most of the guys will be back next year so I think we are in great shape,” said Rams running back Atlee Simon.
UBC will face Calgary for the Hardy Cup. The Dinos beat the Saskatchewan Huskies 47-17 Saturday afternoon.