The futility streak continues for U of T’s Varsity football team, as the Blues lost 39-11 in their 45th straight game against McMaster University on
The opposing offense was simply too much for the Blues. Quarterback Ryan Fantham threw for almost 300 yards and two touchdowns. Five different players had over 30 yards rushing, though Clayton Caesar led with 73.
Varsity’s tailback Kris Newman and receiver Mark Stinson put forth a solid effort to keep their team in the game, combining for over 200 yards of offense.
Scarborough captain Andrew Chittka recorded zero rushing yards.
After the road loss, the Blues now stand to face York University next Saturday. York currently owns the record for most consecutive losses at 47.
A win would feel pretty good for Andrew Chittka right about now.
The fourth-year Scarborough College student and local resident has put in four seasons with the University of Toronto Varsity Blues and has yet to experience a victory.
That team currently sits with a 44-game losing streak that stretches over five seasons.
“When I got here in my first year, I didn’t appreciate it then, but it was a pretty bad team,” Chittka says.
Now with a strong batch of matured and experienced rookies from last season, including team rookie-of-the-year tailback Tyler Daly, leading tackler Derek Batchelor and sack leader Mark Evans, as well as a new crop of equally impressive rookies this year, there seems to be a chance that the streak may be broken this year.
The most likely chance will come against York University Lions on Sept. 29. York currently holds the university record for most consecutive losses – 47 straight.
Should they lose their next game to McMaster Marauders this weekend, the Blues will be two shy of tying the record when they meet York.
“They’ll be gunning to keep our streak going so we can break the record,” Chittka said.
Based on the scrimmage between the two teams earlier in the year, Chittka is convinced the game should be pretty close, though he’s not getting his hopes up just yet.
“All summer long, we were looking at Waterloo [the season’s first game] because it was the stadium opener,” he said of the Blues’ debut at the new Varsity Stadium against the Waterloo Warriors.
“A lot of guys were mentally psyching themselves up to win the first game and then there was the letdown.”
They lost 42-17.
Now the Blues would much rather just focus on one game at a time, Chittka said.
Should the Blues lose to both McMaster and York and stretch the streak to 46, they would face the Windsor Lancers to possibly tie the record and the Western Mustangs to break it.
Last year the Blues lost 61-17 and 44-21 respectively against those two teams.