Rouge et Or dump Stangs

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STE. FOY, QUE. -- The Western Mustangs gained some valuable experience travelling to play the defending Vanier Cup champions, but lost 20-2 to Laval at PEPS Stadium in a Canadian university exhibition football game in front of just over 12,000 fans yesterday afternoon.

Western scored its two points when they forced Laval to concede a safety at the end of the first half. The Rouge et Or led 7-2 at halftime.

Western's coaches said the game was closely contested until the very end and that the score did not reflect how closely the game was played.

"A lot of our younger players played; it was a great experience," said Greg Marshall, who coached in his first full game as head coach of the Mustangs. "Today's game was very good for us.

"The game was close until the end. We got a look at some of the younger players, but for the most part our veterans got some good playing time."

Marshall and his coaches took 80 players on the trip. He said this game will help immensely leading into next Monday's home opener at 7 p.m. at TD Waterhouse Stadium against the Queen's Golden Gaels.

"It helped to work on our communication. We were forced to send in plays to the field (from the sidelines)," Marshall said. "Mistakes are going to be made, both organizationally and communicationally, we'll need to fix those going into the next game.

"It's good to get a dry run in, and in the past that was what was lacking."

Western did not play a preseason game in 2006 and lost their opening game 17-3 at Frank Clair Stadium in Ottawa to the eventual Yates Cup champion Gee-Gees.


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