Seb Britton hadn’t started a game at quarterback in nearly three years, but he led the University of Regina Rams to an important victory after a devastating week for the program.
“It felt good for everyone I think, (we) had motivation going in with everything’s that happened and we felt good,” Britton said following the Rams 32-17 win over the University of Alberta Golden Bears.
It was the first time the Rams took to the field since they had all their victories from the season stripped due to having an ineligible player on their roster.
It wasn’t the best start for the Rams following their tough week, with Daniel Scraper fumbling the ball on the first play of the game.
Alberta took advantage of the early Rams mistake, with Tyler Turner catching the touchdown pass.
But it was the Rams who took over control of the game from then on.
Britton threw a touchdown pass to Bennett Stusek and ran one in himself to put the Rams back in the driver seat.
The Rams ended up heading into the locker room at halftime with a 13-point lead.
Britton, who was making his first U Sports start in the place of the injured Noah Picton, hadn’t started a game since his Grade 12 year in November 2015. He started the game completing his first nine passes before throwing his first incompletion of the season.
“I studied hard this week I think, I felt prepared, speed is a bit of an adjustment, I haven’t played much but I felt good.”
Regina continued to remain in control of the game in the second half. Britton threw his second touchdown of the game, with Scraper catching his first one with the Rams.
Aldo Galvan hit four of six field goals and the defence forced three interceptions as the Rams went on to get an important win.
Head Coach Stephen Bryce said he was proud of how his team responded following the week they just had.
“My pregame talk to the guys was all about most people go through life and never really get a chance to face adversity and respond to adversity, to find out what they’re really about so you guys have that opportunity tonight so you can look yourselves in the mirror and you’ll know what kind of character you have,” Bryce said.
He said the team rallied behind having Seb as their quarterback in the game, voting him a team captain before the game.
“They really wanted to show their support and love for him too.”
Britton finished the game completing 18 of his 32 passes for 273 yards and two touchdowns with one interception.
With the University of Saskatchewan Huskies losing to the University of British Columbia Friday night, the Rams need to win out and have the Huskies lose their remaining games to make playoffs.
The Rams will have a tough task ahead of them next Friday, traveling to Calgary to take on the undefeated University of Calgary Dinos.