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McMaster Marauders tripped up by Carleton Ravens in season opener

The McMaster Marauders football team has begun the Ontario university season with a 24-18 loss against the Carleton Ravens in Ottawa.

Jacob Patten scored on a 53-yard punt return to pace McMaster to a 7-2 lead at the end of the first quarter. Kicker Benjamin MacDonald added a couple of field goals to give the Marauders a 13-8 edge at halftime.

Patten led the Marauders with four catches for 72 yards and Daniel Bosset powered McMaster’s ground game with 33 yards on nine carries.

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But the hometown Ravens stormed back in the second half, outscoring Mac 16-5 in the final two quarters to secure the victory.

Carleton quarterback Tanner DeJong fired a seven-yard touchdown to Kaseem Ferdinand in the second quarter while Tristan Rinaldis and Joshua Ferguson scored on one-yard and seven-yard TD runs, respectively.

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Ferguson compiled a game-leading 116 rushing yards on 23 carries while Ferdinand led all receivers with 11 catches for 92 yards.

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McMaster QB Andreas Dueck completed 20-of-31 pass attempts for a game-high 246 yards, but he also threw an interception and was sacked six times.

DeJong went 20-of-28 for 216 yards and one major and eluded the McMaster pass rush all game.

The Marauders return home for their next game on Sept. 3 when they host the York University Lions.

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