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Waterloo Warriors upset Laurier in offensive shootout

The two teams combined for over 1,150 yards of offense
Tre Ford
University of Waterloo quarterback Tre Ford. Photo from U Sports

Upset alert!

For the first time since 2002, the Waterloo Warriors (3-1) have beaten their cross-town rival Laurier Golden Hawks (2-1) in OUA football action Saturday afternoon.

And what a game to do it, Tyler Ternowski caught an 88-yard touchdown pass from Tre Ford with 2:37 to go and held on for the 34-32 win over the fourth ranked team in the country in front of over 1,736 fans.

Both teams combined for 1,153 yards of total offense --- 605 for Waterloo, 548 for Laurier --- in a game that saw a number of lead changes throughout.

Ford threw for 472 yards and three touchdowns in the win.  He also led the team with 86 rushing yards.

Ternowski caught just the one TD, but led the way with 251 yards receiving on 10 catches.

Gordon Lam also had a respectable 118 yards on 10 catches of his own for the Warriors.

Not to be out done, Tristian Arndt piled up 417 yards of offense and a trio of touchdowns as well for Laurier.  He also collected 46 yards on the ground.

Their leading receiver, Kurleigh Gittens Jr., nabbed a touchdown on 144 yards receiving.  Brentyn Hall nabbed a pair of TD's in the 2nd quarter, including a 74 yarder early on and one with 19 seconds left in the first half.

That one gave the Hawks a 22-17 lead going into the locker room.  But they couldn't sustain it the rest of the way.

The Warriors took to Twitter to recognize just how big the win was for them.

"Program Changing Victory!" read their feed post-game.

They'll have another monumental test in front of them next week, taking on the defending Vanier Cup Champion Western Mustangs next Saturday, September 22 at Warrior Field.

Laurier, meantime, will travel to Hamilton next Saturday against McMaster University.

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