HAMILTON - Kyle Quinlan rushed for three touchdowns and threw for three other scores Saturday as the defending Vanier Cup champion McMaster Marauders demolished the Calgary Dinos 45-6 in the Mitchell Bowl to advance to their second straight national title game.
McMaster's fifth-year quarterback was 25-of-35 passing for 412 yards for the No. 1 Marauders (11-0), who extended their record Canadian university football winning streak to 21 games.
The dagger came late in the second quarter when Quinlan hooked up with Brad Fochesato on a 61-yard touchdown pass to make the score 24-4 with 2:25 to play in the half.
That touchdown came just under a minute after Quinlan scored on his second one-yard TD run of the game to make the score 17-4 following a McMaster fake punt that saw kicker Tyler Crapinga find Ben O'Connor on a five-yard passing play.
Quinlan, who finished with 50 yards rushing, then capped a clinical 82-yard drive to start the second half with an 11-yard touchdown run to make the score 31-4.
Robert Babic was Quinlan's top target through the air, snagging 10 passes for 156 yards and a touchdown, while Fochesato caught four passes for 113 yards. Ben D'Aguilar led the way for the relentless Marauders defence, finishing with three of McMaster's four sacks.
McMaster will take on Laval in the 48th Vanier Cup at Rogers Centre in Toronto on Friday night in a rematch of last year's title game after the No. 2 Rouge et Or demolished the No. 9 Acadia Axemen 42-7 in the Uteck Bowl in Quebec City.
McMaster beat Laval 41-38 in a thrilling double overtime decision in the 2011 Vanier Cup after the Rouge et Or defeated Calgary 29-2 in the 2010 title game. Laval will be taking part in its third straight Vanier Cup and their sixth title game in the last 10 years.
Calgary quarterback Eric Dzwilewski was 10-of-21 passing for 114 yards for the No. 3 Dinos (9-2), who saw their top-ranked offence stifled time and again. Dzwilewski was replaced by backup Andrew Buckley in the fourth quarter.
Calgary kicker Johnny Mark was good on 1-of-2 field goals to provide all the offence for Calgary.
The Dinos put together a decent drive late in the third quarter but the threat was snuffed out because of a Steven Lumbala fumble. Quinlan then hooked up with Babic on a 31-yard TD pass early in the fourth quarter to give the Marauders a 34-point lead.
Quinlan then added insult to injury by hooking up with Michael Dicroce for a 16-yard TD with under five minutes to go in the game before McMaster conceded a safety with less than 90 seconds to play.
Both McMaster and Calgary started sluggishly on offence in the first quarter. The Dinos were stuffed on a third and one at midfield before Quinlan lost a fumble on the ensuing possession.
Mark opened the scoring with a 37-yard field goal that just scraped the bottom of the bar at 5:39 but Quinlan scored on a quarterback sneak from the one-yard line on the final play of the quarter to give the Marauders a 7-3 lead. The drive included a 39-yard pass to Dahlin Brooks and a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty on the Dinos.
McMaster then added a single point in the ensuing kickoff.
Mark missed a 27-yard field goal to make the score 8-4 at 12:13 of the second but Calgary conceded a safety midway through the quarter to stretch the Marauders' lead to 10-4.
The McMaster defence stepped up after that, sacking Dzwilewski on consecutive plays to force a punt before Quinlan led back-to-back touchdown drives late in the half.
Notes: Laval had the previous record for the longest winning streak in CIS football. The Rouge et Or won 19 straight games between 2004 and 2005. ... Calgary lost the Vanier Cup game in 2009 and 2010 and has not won a national championship since 1995. ... Both Quinlan and Dzwilewski are up for the Hec Crighton Trophy as the top player in Canadian university football. ... Attendance at Ron Joyce Stadium was 5,442.
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