The ninth-ranked Manitoba Bisons football team will see their first playoff action Saturday since the 2002 season. Coming off a third-place Canada West finish, the team will face the number-four ranked Alberta Golden Bears Saturday at 1:30 p.m CST.
Many will have their eyes on third-year quarterback Ryan Zahara, who set some impressive numbers during 2005 regular season.
Zahara was tops in the nation in passing with 2128 yards. This is the first time ever a Bison has led the CIS in passing over a regular season. Shane Munson was second in 2001 season.
Zahara also led the nation in completions with 155 and finished second in attempts with 269.
Along with the CIS showing, the Sexsmith, Alberta native added his name to the Bison team record book. He set a team record for yards, completions, and attempts in a single season. He also set new numbers for passing percentage in a career at 57.3 per cent and landed in the Top 5 in numerous other categories.
Zahara was named Canada West Offense Athlete of the Week on two separate occasions, September 18 and October 23.
Ryan Zahara Stats and Records Broken in 2005 season
First in CIS in passing yardage: 2128
First in CIS in passing completions: 155
Second in CIS in passing attempts: 269
Set Bison record for most passing yardage in a season: 2128 (old record: 2088)
Set Bison record for most attempts in a single season: 269 (old record: 249)
Set Bison record for most completions in a season: 155 (old record: 147)
Third place in Bison record for highest completion percentage in a season: 57.6%
Third place in Bison record for most TD passes in a season: 14
Set Bison record for highest passing percentage in a career: 57.3%
Fourth place in Bison record for most TD passes in a career: 28
Second place in Bison record for most attempts in a game: 45 (vs. Cgy. on Oct. 21)
Third place in Bison record for most completions in a game: 26 (vs. Cgy. on Oct. 21)
Third place in Bison record for most passing yards in a game: 403 (vs. Reg. on Oct. 8)
Third place in Bison record for most TD passes in a game: 4 (twice and holds record at 7)