According to Ben Matchett, the assistant athletic director and the director of operations and communications of the University of Calgary athletic department, the University of Calgary Dinos won their 2013 football season opener in Canadian Interuniversity Sport by a score of 41-31 over the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds despite an injury to starting quarterback Eric Dzwilewski of Longview, Washington on Saturday.
According to Scott Mitchell of the Calgary Sun, Dzwilewski injured his right foot and was replaced by Calgary native Andrew Buckley.
Saturday was a huge game for running back Mercer Timmis of Burlington, Ontario. The sophomore business student recorded three touchdowns on the ground and 115 yards rushing on 24 carries in Vancouver.
For the Dinos to repeat as Canada West champions however, they will need to improve with their rush defense and protection on special teams. Brandon Deschamps of Prince George, British Columbia had 200 total yards, including 175 yards rushing and two touchdowns, while Alex Morrison of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario had a 102 yard kickoff return for a tiouchdown.
The Dinos will now play the University of Regina at Regina's Mosaic Stadium Friday evening before returning home to McMahon Stadium to play the University of Saskatchewan on September 14 in their season opener.