Cold Dinos trampled

CAMERON MAXWELL --

, Last Updated: 8:56 AM ET

Somehow the final score for the U of C Dinos football season-opener seemed wrong.

After all, how could a team with a fifth-year quarterback and a decent offence get shelled 51-10 by the University of Manitoba Bisons in Winnipeg?

The answer: Pretty easily.

Turnovers in their own zone, penalties and 30 unanswered second quarter points by the Herd sent the Dinos to their most lopsided loss in recent history and left head coach Tony Fasano scratching his head.

"It was very, very sloppy and we didn't anticipate playing that poorly, particularly in the first half," said Fasano, adding his squad fumbled the ball four times in the opening half and trailed 37-1 heading into the third. "We came out and moved the ball really well. Charles Guedo had three or four completions in a row and we ran the ball really well, then we shot ourselves in the foot and the wheels started to fall off."

Fasano felt his club was prepared.

"I hope this is not an indication of our team. But the reality is we have to deal with what we have but we did not play a strong football game," Fasano said, adding there weren't many positives to take from the contest. "I guess the only thing good is we've got to work a hell of a lot harder and get prepared for next week."

The Dinos turned the ball over six times, one of which was an interception return for a 40-yard TD by Khari Joseph.

During the second half, with the game out of reach, both clubs went with second-string players.

The Dinos managed just 221 total yards on offence, while the Herd racked up 448 yards, with quarterback Ryan Zahara completing 15 of 26 pass attempts for 217 yards and two majors and an interception. He also ran for a 75-yard touchdown.

Calgary wide receiver David Holowaychuk left the contest with a broken collarbone.


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