The Regina Rams opened up defence of their Canada West regular season title Friday night with a 36-20 victory over the UBC Thunderbirds.
The Rams defense made life miserable for UBC quarterback Michael O'Connor who could not get on track with Regina intercepting a pair of passes and recording two sacks while getting numerous pressures.
Offensively, Noah Picton started off his season by going 23 of 35 passing for 335 yards and two touchdowns. Mitch Picton was his favourite receiver as the Riders draft pick hauled in six passes for 120 yards.
It doesn't get any easier for Steve Bryce's crew as they are in Calgary next Friday to take on a Dinos team that beat Alberta 55-26 in Edmonton to open the season.
In Winnipeg, Scott Flory's debut as University of Saskatchewan Huskies head coach was a successful one as the Dogs beat the Bisons 44-23