The Sooners entered the final game of the regular season knowing they'd likely finish in 2nd place. They also knew their opponent had a record of 2 and 5. So Ottawa may have been guilty of looking past their opponent. It sure seemed that way as the Sooners fell behind 21-0 in Burlington - not at all the way they wanted to enter the playoffs.
As it turned out, that's not a bridge they'll have to cross as the Sooners stormed back with 23 unanswered points to win 23-21. Defensive Line coach Randy Fournier, who played in the CFL with Ottawa, BC and Hamilton, got a few things off his chest at halftime.
"Coach Fournier woke the team up with a few choice words," said head coach John Buck. "It seemed to have the desired effect and we kept chipping away in the second half. Defensively, we locked the door and created some timely turnovers. We were then fortunate to get a few big plays on offence and special teams to ultimately take the lead late in the fourth quarter and our defence closed the game out."
London Beefeater Prez: "We're Just Going to Have to Beat Them All Now"
Last weekend, the Sooners thought they controlled their own fate going into the final week. After Windsor lost 37-0 to London, the Sooners could then secure first place with a win in their final game. With that comes home advantage through the OFC playoffs. That means, if they win in the semis, an extra home gate, and possible avoidance of an expensive road trip.
That possibility changed when Windsor successfully protested the 37-0 loss over London's use of an illegal player. Chuck Wall, London's top receiver, had suited up for a CIS game this season, making him ineligible. The OFC decided this week to overturn London's 37-0 win and that Windsor would be awarded the victory by a 1-0 score. The Fratmen win combined with another this weekend gave Windsor first place by tiebreaker over Ottawa. Here is a transcript of the OFC ruling.