The Laval University Rouge et Or captured the Vanier Cup after a thrilling 30-24 win over the University of Saskatchewan Huskies in the U Sports football championship at London, Ontario on Saturday.
Former Swift Current Comp High School Colt Rhett Vavra made the highlight reel a number of times on the national stage. The second-year Huskies receiver made six catches for 66 yards in the game, including a three-yard touchdown catch to give the Huskies the lead in the second quarter.
Vavra also collected 53 yards in returns on special teams, including a 35-yard punt return to put the Huskies in Laval territory as they looked to rally in the fourth quarter.
Vavra made a spectacular leaping catch on that same drive, which led to a touchdown to put the Huskies within three.
If the nation doesn't know the name of Rhett Vavra, it sure does now 🗣️ pic.twitter.com/smBaAaSXdx— Huskie Football (@skhuskies) November 26, 2022
Vincent Blanchard made five field goals, including a 49-yarder for the second-longest field goal in Vanier Cup history, and Arnaud Desjardins passed for 397 yards for the Rouge et Or, who won a U Sports record 11th Vanier Cup and first since 2018.
Fifth-year quarterback Mason Nyhus threw for 344 yards and three touchdowns in his final game with the Huskies, and fourth-year defensive back Nixen Voll, formerly of the Shaunavon Shadows, made two tackles as Saskatchewan fell in the Vanier Cup game for the second-straight year.