Riders-Lions-Sept28The Riders battle the Lions at Mosaic Stadium earlier this season. (photo courtesy of Riderville.com)

 

A statement win for the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Saturday night at Mosaic Stadium as they knocked off the West Division leading BC Lions 27-21.  The win moves the Riders to 7-6 on the year and drops BC down to 9-4.  Just two games separates the top three team in the division with Calgary one up on Saskatchewan at 8-5.

 

The wild game came down to the final minutes after the Lions came storming back from an 18-1 deficit at halftime to pull within six points with just three minutes to go.  Riders’ quarterback Darian Durant found receiver Greg Carr over the middle for a 46-yard touchdown, his first as a Rider, to go up 27-14 and seal the win for the Green & White. 

 

Durant finished 26-of-34 for 371 yards, three touchdowns and one interception for a second straight solid game since he missed the Riders game in Montreal.

 

The two teams started off slow and went through a scoreless first quarter, but Saskatchewan got on the board quickly in the second when Durant connected with slotback Weston Dressler for a 13-yard touchdown.

 

The Roughriders struck again on their next play when Dressler hauled in a 53-yard score for his second touchdown of the day.

 

Dressler had a third touchdown later in the quarter called back on an offside penalty by Carr and kicker Sandro DeAngelis kicked a 30-yard field goal for a 17-1 lead.  Dressler finished the game with nine catches for 160 yards and the two first half touchdowns. He now has 1,000 yards on the season, which puts him 3rd in the league.

 

The Lions were dealt a big blow in the first half as they lost both Geroy Simon and Arland Bruce III.  Simon suffered a hamstring injury, while Bruce left with an apparent concussion.

 

BC never really started to make their charge until the fourth quarter when they finally got into the red zone.  They settled for a 25-yard field goal by kicker Paul McCallum.

 

Their next drive finally resulted in a touchdown when quarterback Travis Lulay hit Marco Iannuzzi for a 24-yard touchdown just before the three-minute warning to cut the Riders lead to six.

 

After the Riders responded quickly with the Durant-to-Carr touchdown, their defence needed to come up with a stop, but couldn’t as Lulay hooked up with Iannuzzi for another TD with just 1:18 to go.

 

A successful onside kick gave the Lions back the ball, but Chris McKenzie intercepted Lulay to give the Riders a 27-21 victory.

 

Lulay finished a decent 19-for-36 with 232 yards passing, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

 

Kory Sheets led the ground attack for Saskatchewan with 17 carries for 103 yards.  The second 100-yard game of his CFL career puts him at 922 for the season, good enough for 2nd place behind Calgary’s Jon Cornish.

 

The Riders are off until Thanksgiving Monday when they head to Toronto for a meeting with the Argonauts.

More Sports News

Warriors make Draft Day swap with Red Deer

The Moose Jaw Warriors added goaltending depth to the organization on Thursday in a draft day trade with the Red Deer Rebels. The Warriors have acquired 20-year-old goalie Connor Ungar, 18-year-old…

CFL reschedules Roughriders first pre-season game

In a release by the CFL, it announced on May 19 that it is rescheduling the pre-season game between the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the visiting Winnipeg Blue Bombers that was planned for Monday,…

11U AAA Canucks on three-game winning streak

After dropping their season opener to the Regina Blue Jays the Moose Jaw 11U AAA Canucks have pulled off 3 consecutive wins against Weyburn, Estevan and Regina Expos. “It’s been a fun start to the…

Minor AAA Miller Express undefeated in league play

The Minor AAA Miller Express kept their unbeaten record intact with a 13-11 win over the North Regina Little League Cannon Ballers Monday night in Regina. Moose Jaw improved their record to 3-0 in…

Warriors Korczak named WHL Player of the Week

Moose Jaw Warriors forward Ryder Korczak was named the Western Hockey League's Player of the Week for the week ending May 15. Korczak, 19, led all WHL scorers in the past seven days with one goal and…

Riders training camp on hold

The Saskatchewan Roughriders are in a holding pattern right now, thanks to a work stoppage by the CFLPA. Sunday was scheduled to be the start of training camp for teams across the CFL, but a new deal…

DiscoverMooseJaw.com is Moose Jaw's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Login