Uteck Bowl

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Uteck Bowl
Awarded for Semifinal championship in U Sports Football
First played 2003
Presented by U Sports football
Current champions Laval Rouge et Or
Most titles Laval Rouge et Or (8)[1]
Website usports.ca/en/championships/uteck-bowl/m

The Uteck Bowl is one of the two semifinal bowls of U Sports football, Canada's national competition for university teams that play Canadian football. It is held in the easternmost of the two semifinal venues. The Uteck Bowl champion moves on to face the Mitchell Bowl champion for the Vanier Cup. It was named for Larry Uteck, a former professional football player and university coach who died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in 2002.

History

The Atlantic Bowl traditionally saw the Atlantic University Sport champions face a champion from another conference at Huskies Stadium in Halifax. However, in the interests of competitive fairness, the Atlantic Bowl was replaced by the Mitchell Bowl, its venue, like the Churchill Bowl that had paralleled it for so long, rotating among two of the conference champions.

Larry Uteck was a longtime football coach at Saint Mary's University and, at the time, the university's athletic director. It was decided that the Churchill Bowl would be retired, the Mitchell Bowl would take the place of the Churchill Bowl, and a new championship would be named in Uteck's memory. Thus, the Uteck Bowl formally replaced the Atlantic Bowl.

The inaugural Uteck Bowl was played at Huskies Stadium, where two-time defending Vanier Cup champions and home team Saint Mary's Huskies defeated the Simon Fraser Clan.

Uteck Bowl champions

Year Champion Score Runner Up Score Location Uteck Bowl MVP
2003-11-15 Saint Mary's 60 Simon Fraser 9 Huskies Stadium, Halifax Les Mullings, Saint Mary's
2004-11-20 Laval 30 Laurier 11 PEPS Stadium, Quebec City Jeronimo Huerta-Flores, Laval
2005-11-19 Laurier 31 Acadia 10 Huskies Stadium, Halifax Ryan Pyear, Laurier
2006-11-18 Laval 57 Acadia 10 PEPS Stadium, Quebec City Olivier Turcotte-Létourneau, Laval
2007-11-17 Saint Mary's 24 Laval 2 Huskies Stadium, Halifax Tim St. Pierre, Saint Mary's
2008-11-16 Laval 59 Calgary 10 PEPS Stadium, Quebec City Benoit Groulx, Laval[2]
2009-11-21 Calgary 38 Saint Mary's 14 Huskies Stadium, Halifax Matt Walter, Calgary[3]
2010-11-20 Laval 13 Western 11 PEPS Stadium, Quebec City Christopher Milo, Laval
2011-11-18 McMaster 45 Acadia 21 Moncton Stadium, Moncton Kyle Quinlan, McMaster[4]
2012-11-17 Laval 42 Acadia 7 PEPS Stadium, Quebec City Maxime Boutin, Laval
2013-11-16 Laval 48 Mount Allison 21 MacAulay Field, Sackville, New Brunswick Guillaume Rioux, Laval
2014-11-22 Montreal 29 Manitoba 26 CEPSUM Stadium, Montreal Gabriel Cousineau, Montreal[5]
2015-11-21 UBC 36 St. Francis Xavier 9 Oland Stadium, Antigonish, Nova Scotia Brandon Deschamps, UBC[6]
2016-11-19 Laval 36 Laurier 6 Telus Stadium, Quebec City Félix Faubert-Lussier, Laval[7]
2017-11-18 Western 81 Acadia 3 Raymond Field, Wolfville, Nova Scotia Chris Merchant, Western[8]
2018-11-17 Laval 63 St. Francis Xavier 0 Telus Stadium, Quebec City Hugo Richard, Laval[9]

Future participants

The teams and host sites of the Uteck Bowl and the Mitchell Bowl rotate on a six-year cycle, so that in each cycle each of the four conferences hosts and visits every other conference once.

The participants and sites for future Uteck Bowl games are listed below:[10]

Date Visiting conference Host conference
2019-11-16 RSEQ AUS
2020-11-21 AUS OUA

To date, the Uteck Bowl games hosted by Quebec have been played at the champion's home field, while the first four games hosted by Atlantic University Sport (AUS) were played at Huskies Stadium in Halifax. The 2011 game was held in Moncton at the newly built Moncton Stadium. The 2013 and 2015 games were hosted by the Loney Bowl champion in those respective years.[11] As of 2015, home teams have a record of nine wins and five losses with all five losses being recorded by AUS teams.

Team win/loss records

Team GP W L Win %
McMaster Marauders 1 1 0 1.000
Montreal Carabins 1 1 0 1.000
UBC 1 1 0 1.000
Laval Rouge et Or 9 8 1 .889
Saint Mary's Huskies 3 2 1 .667
Calgary Dinos 2 1 1 .500
Western Mustangs 2 1 1 .500
Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks 3 1 2 .333
Acadia Axemen 5 0 5 .000
St. Francis Xavier 2 0 2 .000
Manitoba Bisons 1 0 1 .000
Mount Allison Mounties 1 0 1 .000
Simon Fraser Clan 1 0 1 .000

References

  1. ^ Past U Sports Champions
  2. ^ "59 Laval vs. Calgary 10". Canadian Interuniversity Sport. 2008-11-16. Archived from the original on 2011-07-13. Retrieved 2008-11-17.
  3. ^ "CIS:Calgary vs Saint Mary's (Nov 21, 2009)". Canadian Interuniversity Sport. 2009-11-21. Retrieved 2009-11-22.
  4. ^ http://english.cis-sic.ca/sports/fball/2011-12/releases/20111118-uteck
  5. ^ CIS football Uteck Bowl: Carabins survive Manitoba comeback, advance to first Vanier Cup from Canadian Interuniversity Sports, 22 November 2014
  6. ^ "Deschamps named game MVP". Prince George Citizen. 2015-11-22. Retrieved 2015-11-24.
  7. ^ "Laval's Felix Faubert-Lussier on familiar turf at Vanier Cup". sportsnet.ca. The Canadian Press. 24 November 2016. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
  8. ^ "Uteck Bowl: Mustangs advance to Vanier Cup with 81-3 win over host Axemen". Retrieved 2017-11-19.
  9. ^ Black, Peter (17 November 2018). "Quarterback Hugo Richard leads Rouge et Or past X-Men 63-0 in Uteck Bowl". Battlefords News-Optimist. The Canadian Press. Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  10. ^ "U Sports Championship Calendar". U Sports. 2014. Retrieved 2018-10-25.
  11. ^ AUS announces 2013 football schedule

External links

  • Uteck Bowl history
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