Cedric Joseph leads Western Mustangs past Laurier Golden Hawks

Cedric Joseph rushed for 250 yards and three touchdowns to carry the Western Mustangs past the Laurier Golden Hawks.

Mustangs beat the Golden Hawks 75-32 to win the Yates Cup

Western's quarterback Chris Merchant throws a pass during first half action in the OUA Yates Cup, Ontario Championship football game in London, Ont., Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dave Chidley (Dave Chidley/Canadian Press)

Cedric Joseph rushed for 250 yards and three touchdowns to carry the Western Mustangs past the Laurier Golden Hawks 75-32 on Saturday afternoon to win the Yates Cup.

Western's Cedric Joseph, carries the ball for a touchdown as Laurier players try to catch him during fourth quarter action in the Yates Cup, Ontario Championship football game in London, Ont. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dave Chidley (THE CANADIAN PRESS)

QB Chris Merchant completed 13-of-18 pass attempts for 220 yards and two touchdowns as Western won the Ontario University Athletics football championship for the 31st time.

Merchant also rushed nine times for a total of 66 yards and a touchdown. Kicker Marc Liegghio made three field goals and connected on nine conversions.

Quarterback Michael Knevel led Laurier with 432 yards, three TDs and an interception. Receiver Brendan McCracken made six receptions for 152 yards and a touchdown.

Western will play next in the Uteck Bowl, the semifinal of the Vanier Cup, Canada's national university football championship.

But who Western will play is still up in the air, as a court case involving the St. Mary's Huskies of Halifax is ongoing.