Ryan Granberg has made a name for himself in the CIS for being difficult to contain.
After leading the conference in rushing last season, the Queen’s running back has started strong through three games and continued to play well on Sept. 22 at Ron Joyce.
Facing a stingy Mac defence seemed to affect Granberg’s production.
He rushed for 110 yards on 20 carries, which is just short of his season per-game average of 118 yards.
Granberg, though, was unable to break a big run that would swing the momentum in Queen’s favor.
The first half belonged completely to McMaster thanks in large part to a tremendous performance from a back of their own.
Continuing his break on to the scene this year, second-year back Kaesean Davis carried the ball 17 times for 134 yards and two scores.
Davis did manage to break a big run of his own, running at one point for a 36-yard gain.
The defence was also spectacular, allowing no more than one field goal until well into the second half.
In the end, McMaster came out on top with a score of 33-20, which depicts a much closer game than what actually took place.
At one point, the Marauders had the Gaels pinned 33-3.
A series of penalties though, including a block in the back that brought back a 100-yard kick return by Mac, hindered any progress that could have been.
McMaster was flagged 17 times for 87 yards, a total which erased first down plays on several drives and helped Queen’s get back into the football game.
Otherwise, Mac did not turn over the ball. Kyle Quinlan, who has yet to throw an interception this season, completed 25 of 36 for 340 yards and two touchdowns.
Gael’s starter Billy McPhee had an excellent game as well, throwing for 320 yards and a touchdown.
From the start, McMaster had a firm control of the game, never relinquishing a lead to the visiting team from Kingston, which entered the weekend right on par with the Marauders atop the OUA standings.
Now, the 4-0 Maroon and Grey must look ahead to their next game against the powerhouse Western Mustangs (3-1), who were Mac’s opponent in last year’s Yates Cup.
Through four games last season, Mac was 3-1: their only loss came against Western.