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Gee-Gees football travel to Western in rematch of 2010 Yates Cup

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By uOttawa sports information

The Gee-Gees have entered the CIS Top Ten after a 19-6 victory over Queen’s in uOttawa’s home opener. This week, the nationally ninth-ranked Gee-Gees will travel to London, Ont., to take on the second-ranked Western Mustangs Saturday at 1 p.m.

The game will be a rematch of the 2010 Yates Cup, in which the GeeGees fell just short 26-25, here in Ottawa. The Gee-Gees also beat the Mustangs earlier last year, with a 20-19 win in the regular season.

For the second straight week, the Gee-Gees allowed less than 10 points to its opposition, limiting Queen’s to 63 rushing yards, while constantly pressuring the Queen’s quarterback into making poor decisions.

“What we do on defence, it fits the personnel that we have now,” said Gee-Gees head coach Jean-Philippe Asselin. “They were playing with confidence and they made plays. What impressed me the most is how well the defence worked together.”

However, stopping Western’s offence will likely prove to be a tougher challenge, as the Mustangs are the highest scoring team in the OUA. Western won 48-21 against the nationally seventh-ranked McMaster Marauders last week. The Mustangs had 321 yards on the ground against McMaster, and Ottawa’s defence will need to step up to slow down Western’s running game.

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“I think they’ve proven that they can run the ball over the last two years,” said Asselin. “They’re not hiding the fact that they’re trying to run the ball.”

Western and Ottawa are currently tied at the top of the OUA conference with a 2-0 record. Asselin was optimistic that the Gee-Gees could pull out a victory in this fight for first place in Ontario.Windsor is third undefeated team in the province.

“Right now there’s a three team tie at the top of the OUA, and because Western beat Waterloo 86-22, that [technically]makes them number one. In my mind, we’re at the top of the OUA and we’re going to battle to stay there on Saturday.”

Gee-Gees fans can watch the game live on SSN Canada, and on Rogers Cable 22.

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