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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.

Uteck Bowl
Awarded forSemifinal championship in U Sports Football
First played2003
Presented byU Sports football
Current championsLaval Rouge et Or
Most titlesLaval Rouge et Or (8)[1]
Websiteusports.ca/en/championships/uteck-bowl/m

HistoryEdit

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 championsEdit

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

Future participantsEdit

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
Nov 16, 2019 RSEQ AUS
Nov 21, 2020 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 recordsEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  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

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