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Laurier loses after late-game TD from Toronto

Golden Hawks running back Levondre Gordon highlighted their attack with 190 yards of offense, including 176 yards on the ground
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A Laurier Golden Hawk football helmet next to a football. Mark Pare/KitchenerToday

A shocker in OUA football.

Nolan Lovegrove nabbed a 57-yard touchdown with 40 seconds to go, to propel the Toronto Varsity Blues to a 38-34 win over the Laurier Golden Hawks under the lights of University Stadium Saturday night.

Laurier --- the 10th ranked team in U Sports coming into this week --- got out to a 17-0 lead after the 1st, including a blocked punt from Tanner Nelmes that he recovered and took to the house.

Toronto came back in the second with 21 straight points, and kicked a last second field goal to take a one-point advantage into the break.

After the Blues went up by six going into the fourth, Hawks kicker Nathan Mesher connected with three straight field goals (all within 36 yards), with the last one coming with 91 seconds left on the clock and putting the score at 34-31.

Cue the heroics from Toronto, who finished off a five-play, 85 yard drive to ice it.

Despite the loss, Laurier still went for 515 yards of offense, including Levondre Gordon's 176 yards on the ground on 27 carries.  He also had a catch for 14 yards, giving him 190 yards on the night.

Connor Caruselo went 18-for-31 in the air for the Golden Hawks, throwing for 248 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Clay Sequeira had a day for the Blues, getting 322 yards of offense and four touchdowns.

Something to clean up would be the penalties for Laurier, racking up 15 flags for a loss of 158 yards.

They're now 1-2 on the season, and visit the Ottawa Gee Gees next Saturday, September 14th before heading into a bye week.

Laurier doesn't return home until the team's annual Homecoming game on Saturday, September 28 against Queen's.




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