Huskie Football History

Football’s roots at the University of Saskatchewan came from rugby. In 1912, a team was formed and continued to compete until 1950. During the almost four decades, the Huskies won six Hardy Cup championships in six appearances. 

From 1912-1950, then 1959-63 the Huskies played in the Western Intercollegiate Rugby Football Union but in 1964, football rules were introduced. The Huskies played in the Western Intercollegiate Football League, which eventually became the Canada West Universities Athletic Association. 

In the team’s history, they have won 18 Hardy Cup championships in 22 appearances, won nine CIS semifinal bowl games and three Vanier Cup titles – 1990, 1996 and 1998. 

For 33 seasons, Brian Towriss led the Huskies.  Joining the Huskies as an assistant coach in 1979, he served as head coach from 1984 to 2016, when he retired. Towriss led his team to nine Vanier Cup appearances (1989, 1990, 1994, 1996,1998, 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2006) and three national championships (1990, 1996, and 1998).  He holds the national record in wins by a university football coach at 196 and has coached the most games in university sport with 315. During his tenure, Towriss coached 71 All-Canadians, had 47 players join the CFL and one go on to have a career in the NFL. 

 In 2017, a new era of Huskie football began with the introduction of Scott Flory as the new head coach. Flory played with the Huskies from 1994-98 and went on to a 15 year CFL career. 

The Huskies play in Griffiths Stadium in Nutrien Park. The original Griffiths Stadium opened in 1936. In 1967, a new stadium was built a few hundred metres east of the original site. In 2005, major upgrades were made to the stadium including artificial turf and field lighting. In 2011, 1,174 seats were added to the stadiums east side.

Since 1985, 57 Huskies have been drafted into the CFL. Most notable Huskies to don CFL jerseys include Kelly Bates, Dylan Barker, Dan Farthing, Scott Flory, John Konihowski, Gene Makowsky, Marshall Toner, Ben Heenan, and Paul Woldu. 

Huskie Football Alumni List

Canada West Awards

Canada West All-Stars

National Awards


All-Time Leaders CAREER      SEASON        GAME
Huskie Statistical Leaders in the Regular Season for Points, Passing Completions, Passing Touchdowns, Passing Yards, receiving Yards, Receptions, Career TD Receptions, Season TD Receptions, Interceptions, Longest Scoring Plays, Rushing Yards, Kick Returns, Season Rushing TDs, Punt Returns, Rushing Carries, Career Rushing TDs, Field Goals, Punting, Tackles and Team Records for Biggest Defeat and Biggest Win.

Career Touchdowns

Regular season and playoff Career Touchdown records including Terry Eisler who scored a total of 35 TD's in 44 career games and Bob Shore and George Graham, who tie the record for 4 TD's in a single game.

Huskies & the CFL
Highlights Huskies who have played in the CFL, as well as been drafted dating back to 1985.

Vanier Cup Champion Teams 
Lists the rosters of Huskie Vanier Cup Champions teams from 1990, 1996, and 1998.

Huskies Year by Year

Playoff History

Football Records Vs Opponents All-Time Records vs all opponents.