MONTREAL — Trenton Miller threw for 346 yards and three touchdowns as the Concordia Stingers opened their CIS season on Friday with a 30-16 victory over the McGill Redmen, capturing the 48th edition of the Shaughnessy Cup.
Concordia's defence came up huge in the victory, forcing 12 turnovers from the Redmen through five interceptions, three fumbles and four turnovers on downs.
McGill (0-1) led 7-0 after the first quarter thanks to a 130-yard interception return by rookie Vincent Dethier before the game was four minutes old. But the Stingers (1-0) took a 13-7 lead into halftime and a 16-14 advantage into the final quarter.
The Redmen tied it 16-16 in the fourth, but Miller responded with touchdown passes to Daniel Skube and Vincent Alessandrini.
Alessandrini led all receivers with nine catches for 103 yards.
Sophomore Nicolas English started at quarterback for McGill. The southpaw from St. Constant, Que., completed 12-of-21 attempts for 183 yards, one TD and three interceptions before being shaken late in the second quarter. He was replaced at halftime by freshman Frederic Paquette-Perrault, who was 12 for 22 passing for 136 yards, one TD and a pair of picks.
Miller, a second-year quarterback from Buffalo, N.Y., completed 33-of-46 attempts and was picked off twice.
HUSKIES 41 RAMS 39 (OT)
SASKATOON — Sean Stenger kicked the winning boot while Kyle Siemens threw for 338 yards and three touchdowns as the University of Saskatchewan (1-0) downed the University of Regina (0-1).