Third-year quarterback and Hec Crighton winner Jonathan Sénécal completed 16 of 26 passes for 171 yards and ran for 50 yards on five carries, including a touchdown, as the Université de Montreal Carabins earned their second U SPORTS football title, defeating the UBC Thunderbirds 16-9 at 2023 Canada Life Vanier Cup in Kingston, Ont.
Sénécal’s seven-yard touchdown scamper just over five minutes into the third quarter capped a nine-play, 72-yard drive while securing the victory for the Carabins.
The Carabins' victory ensured that for the second time in the 58-year history of the U SPORTS championship game, the Vanier Cup and Grey Cup champions hail from the same city. It previously occurred in 1980, when Edmonton and the University of Alberta won their respective national titles.
Montréal’s stout defence didn’t surrender a touchdown in the entire playoffs, shutting down the Sherbrooke Vert et Or, Laval Rouge et Or, Western Mustangs and finally the Thunderbirds.