Once in a great while, a team whose quarterback throws the ball a country mile and has a football mind just as long-range as Michael O'Connor's turns university football inside-out and upside-down.
The UBC Thunderbirds, on the wings of O'Connor's arm strength and a timely tip-drill interception by defensive back Kevin Wiens in Montreal territory with 1:19 left in a deadlocked Vanier Cup, gave the more seasoned Montreal Carabins comeuppance with an 26-23 last-play victory on Saturday. Led by O'Connor going 31-for-51 for 389 yards and a touchdown pass, the 19-year-old became the first rookie in 49 years to be the winning quarterback of record in the the Canadian Interuniversity Sport football championship game. The transfer from Penn State, who chose and the West Coast over several major-college teams that wanted his talents, led UBC out to 16 and 13-point leads. In the final minute, after A.J. Blackwell deflected the final pass of Carabins QB Gabriel Cousineau's career, WiensRead More »from UBC Thunderbirds upset Montreal Carabins 26-23 in Vanier Cup classic