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Tuesday, October 25, 2016


Bagg on Tuesday
Saskatchewan Roughriders receiver Rob Bagg is still wondering what he might have said to rile up the Montreal Alouettes so bad prior to Saturday's game at Taylor Field.

Following Montreal's 19-14 win, Als defensive end John Bowman thanked Bagg on TSN for providing them with bulletin board material leading up to the game.

"I haven't figured out specifically what he was upset about," Bagg said after Tuesday's practice.  "All I can come up with is maybe one of my interviews earlier in the week where I said the best six teams should make the playoffs.  Maybe he didn't like that idea."

Bagg said he's been inundated with questions from friends and family who watched the game, wondering what he possibly could have said.

"My Mom did!" Bagg laughed.  "She was like 'What are you doing out there picking fights with boys that big?' and I said 'Mom I really have no idea what he's upset about!"

Meanwhile the Riders practiced without running back Joe McKnight who continues to go through the Concussion Protocol after being decked with a helmet-to-helmet hit by Montreal linebacker Winston Venable on the game's last play on Saturday.

Riders Head Coach & GM Chris Jones was asked why there was no penalty called on the play.

"That's something you'll have to ask (the CFL)," Jones advised.  "Again, it looked like a shot to me but the official was standing right there on the play.  It would've given us one more play - which I would've liked to have had - but the league deemed it was a legal hit."

It appears McKnight will be replaced by sophomore Canadian running back Greg Morris this Saturday when the Riders host B.C. in the last-ever game at Taylor Field (5:00 pm, TSN, 620 CKRM Rider Radio Network).


The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced the following roster moves:

·       International wide receiver Philip Bates

·       International wide receiver Kadron Boone
·       International defensive lineman Kaelin Burnett
·       National defensive back Randy Roseway
·       International offensive lineman Lawrence Walker

·       National long snapper Daniel MacDonald

·       International wide receiver Diandre Campbell
·       International wide receiver Ryan Lankford
·       International defensive lineman Kendall Montgomery
·       International defensive lineman Davon Walls
·       International defensive lineman Nick Woodman


Photo by Rob Williams/Daily Hive
By: Rob Williams
The Daily Hive Sports Editor

VANCOUVER - Oh no, a Saskatchewan Roughriders billboard ad has popped up in Vancouver!

The ad, presumably paid for by the Riders, reads “Roll Call” and sits in a parking lot across the street from BC Place with less than two weeks before Saskatchewan’s only visit to Vancouver on November 5th.

I’m sure it has Lions fans shaking in their boots.

The Roughriders, who have fans across the country, have put up billboards in many CFL cities.

In August, they did something similar in Hamilton…

…before getting lambasted by the Ticats 53-7.

In 2014, the Riders put up a billboard in Vancouver that read “Green is the New Orange,” which drew enough attention to get the Lions to guarantee a win for that game. Unfortunately for BC, they lost 20-16.

This billboard ambush made sense in 2014, when the Riders were the defending Grey Cup champions. But now?

Will anyone care this time around? The Riders, with a 5-11 record are a terrible football team. They’re going to miss the playoffs, as they did last year when they finished the season with just three wins.

The Lions, by contrast, are tied for the second best record in the CFL at 10-6, which is extra impressive when you consider they’ve only had a chance to pad their stats against that garbage team from Regina once this season.

Even if the Riders sweep the final two games of the season against the Lions, BC will be in the playoffs and Saskatchewan won’t.

So nice try Saskatchewan. Real cute.

Maybe fix your dreadful football team next time before you try peacocking in this city?


Reynolds on CKRM at training camp
Saskatchewan Roughriders President Craig Reynolds was in Saskatoon on Monday to speak at the Hilltops annual Quarterback Luncheon.

Besides his address, Reynolds announced the Riders are donating 4,900 seats and six boxes to SMF Field, home of the Hilltops.

Richardson's also donated $250,000 to the football club at the event.

Here are some quotes Reynolds gave Darren Zary of the Saskatoon Star Phoenix:

- “There’s tons of optimism throughout the province and I think a lot of it is around the new (Mosaic) stadium — that’s just a fantastic facility; it truly is world-class — and the way the team is coming together. You can see the nucleus and the core.”

- “You start to project that a year out, with another off-season and another Canadian Draft, and give these guys a little more time to jell, and you can sort of see some really good things on the horizon for the team, for sure.

- “It’s always disappointing when you’re out of the playoffs at this stage but, at the end of the day, in our league and any other league, there’s only one team truly happy at the end of the season.  It won’t be us, but we had a long-term vision and a plan. You start to see that plan sort of playing itself out as we get towards the end of the season.”

- “Obviously, internally, we were frustrated. Nobody wants to lose games and lose a number of games in a row, but we had a long-term plan and we had a long-term vision, and we knew there’d be some growing pains, right? We turned over a lot of our roster and, unfortunately, we got hit with some injuries. Every team deals with injuries, but we got hit in some key areas (offensive line) and in some key Canadian spots. That impacts you.

- “Clearly we were frustrated and our fans were frustrated, but, when you’re in that situation, you’ve got to stick to your plan and your vision, and that’s what we did. We’re starting to see the benefits of that.”



Saskatchewan Roughriders Vice President of Sponsorships Steve Mazurak told reporters on Monday that as of 2:00 pm, 1,600 tickets remained available for Saturday's Farewell Game at Taylor Field between the Riders and B.C. Lions (TSN, 620 CKRM Rider Radio Network).

It's the last-ever Rider game in the stadium which has hosted more professional football games than any other in Canadian history.

"It's going to be truly electric folks, so everybody in the Rider Nation is going to want to have a ticket for this game," Mazurak said.  "Run to the ticket office because it's going to be truly electric."

Mazurak wouldn't provide many details on what Saturday's festivities include, other than that three distinguished alumni will be featured at the game.  Last week the club announced Saskatchewan music acts Jess Moskaluke, Jason Plumb and Jack Semple will perform at a 20-minute halftime ceremony.

Rumours suggest the postgame ceremony will have a similar feel to the 2013 Grey Cup game in Regina.

"It's going to be absolutely electric, and that's without a joke," Mazurak continued.  "We've spent as much time and energy as you can be allowed to put on a fantastic show in the last 30 minutes for this stadium."

Mazurak, a former star Rider receiver, said the franchise is truly ready to move out of Taylor Field and into the glitzy new Mosaic Stadium across the street but for one more game, the old stadium will be appropriately honoured.

"I'm the first to say 'Let's put a bulldozer to this thing and get on with the new' but it does need praise, it does need to be honoured, and I believe we've done a pretty good job of doing that," Mazurak said.

Tickets for the game can be purchased at, 1-888-4-RIDERS and the Mosaic Stadium ticket office.



The CFL Alumni Association (CFLAA) is pleased to announce that former Toronto Argonaut players Michael “Pinball” Clemons and Peter Martin are the co-winners of the CFL Alumni Man of the Year Award.

The CFLAA will present the prestigious award to the two outstanding Toronto Argonauts alumni during the Grey Festival at the popular CFL Legends Luncheon on Friday, November 25 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Fans and friends can join the celebration. A limited number of tickets are available today at the

“Pinball and Peter have not only made significant contributions to the CFL and Toronto Argonauts Football Club both on and off the field, but have also made significant impacts on their community through the years,” says Leo Ezerins, Executive Director of the CFLAA. “Congratulations to both, we are looking forward to recognizing their impressive careers at the Legends Luncheon – my favourite event of the year.”

“The Grey Cup festival is packed with all-star events, but celebrating Pinball and Peter Martin will definitely be a highlight for all of us at the Toronto Argonauts,” said Michael Copeland, President & CEO of the Toronto Argonauts. “We are thrilled to have these two illustrious men as part of the Argonauts history and look forward to having our fans join us in celebrating them at the Legends Luncheon.”

For the past seven years, the CFLAA has presented the CFL Alumni Man of the Year Award.  Past winners include: Wade Miller, Paul Robson, Sam Etcheverry, Bayne Norrie, Norm Fieldgate, Don Durno, George Reed, Carm Carteri and Lui Passaglia.

Michael “Pinball” Clemons
Toronto Argonauts former Player, Coach
Special Advisor, Toronto Argonauts

In the rich history of the Toronto Argonauts, there are many football heroes who have brought pride to the City of Toronto and the Double Blue but it is difficult to find a more popular name in team history than Michael Clemons – known universally as “Pinball”.

Born and raised in Florida, Clemons began his career in the CFL in 1989 after a brief stint in the National Football League. As a player, Clemons compiled a brilliant CFL career with the Toronto Argonauts, including a pro-football record for most career combined yards with 25,438. On September 15, 2000, Pinball hung up his Double Blue jersey after 12 brilliant seasons to move directly into the position of Head Coach. He retired with 12 all-time team records to his credit, including career totals in receptions (682), punt return touchdowns (8) and kickoff return yards (6,349).

A perennial CFL Coach of the Year finalist, Clemons led the team to its first Grey Cup victory since 1997 during his first year as Head Coach in 2004. With 68 career coaching victories, he is the second-winningest coach in Argo history.

In 2008, Clemons was awarded the CFL’s highest honour, receiving induction into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. He will further cement his legacy North of the Border in November, when he’ll be inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. Clemons is also a recipient of the Order of Ontario Recipient andQueens Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Clemons is still heavily involved with the Argos as a special advisor.

Known for a personality that is as electric as his style of play on the field was, Clemons redefines the meaning of community involvement and has been recognized by many organizations for his tireless work with charities, schools and other community groups. In 2007, he fulfilled a longtime ambition by launching the Michael ‘Pinball’ Clemons Foundation to quicken academic excellence, infuse depth of character, promote health and vitality, and inspire generosity in our youth.

Peter Martin
Toronto Argonauts former Player
Current Past President of the Toronto Argonauts Alumni Association

Peter Martin was born and raised in Scarborough, Ontario playing football at Sir Winston Churchill Collegiate and then with the University of Western Ontario. (1960-63). He was inducted into the UWO Hall of Fame in 1988. Martin landed with his hometown team, the Toronto Argonauts, in 1965.

Alternating between the right corner and middle linebacker positions, Martin went on to play eight memorable seasons and 104 games with the Double Blue. He was a key member of the historic 1971 team – widely regarded as the best team in Argo history.

After retiring from the CFL, Martin rejoined the team in the broadcast booth in 1977, where he’d spend more than 25 seasons as the team’s radio colour commentator. He also spent two years as the Argos’ in-house public address announcer. Martin was inducted into the Football Reporters of Canada Hall of Fame in 2000. He was the president of the Argo Alumni Association for many years and is still active as the past president. He has also served on the CFLAA Board of Directors.

Away from the game, Martin spent 33 years with the Peel Board of Education as a teacher at Port Credit Secondary School and a program leader at the Adult Education Centre. Martin has given a lifetime of devotion to the game of football, coaching high school football at Port Credit and minor football in Mississauga.  He was instrumental in founding the Mississauga Football League in 1971.  He was also president of the Mississauga Sports Council. Martin was inducted into the Mississauga Sports Hall of Fame in 1985.

Martin resides in Oakville with his wife Wendy. They have four children (Cindy, Kristi, PJ and Jennifer) and nine grandchildren. Their son PJ enjoyed a three-year career in the CFL with the Ticats and Argos.


Kris Versteeg scored in the seventh round of the shootout to give the Calgary Flames a 3-2 win in Chicago. Versteeg, a former Blackhawk, faked Corey Crawford and connected on a wrist shot. Sam Bennett and Sean Monahan scored in regulation for Calgary. Patrick Kane and Brian Campbell connected in regulation for Chicago.


The Montreal Canadiens are still rolling. Brendan Gallagher scored late in the third period as the Montreal Canadiens beat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-1 to extend their winning streak to four games. Shea Weber and Alexander Radulov also scored for Montreal. Jakub Voracek scored the lone goal for the visiting Flyers.


The Denver Broncos must have enjoyed the company of Brock Osweiler while he was with the team last season, because they were in close contact with him throughout a 27-9 win over Houston. Osweiler was constantly harassed while completing 22 of his 41 passes for just 131 yards and no touchdowns. It was his first meeting with the Broncos since leaving the team for free agency.


Four-time Pro Bowler Arian Foster is retiring midway through the Miami Dolphins' season, saying he can no longer take the punishment an NFL running back endures. The 30-year-old Foster has been slowed by groin and hamstring injuries this season after coming back from a torn Achilles tendon.


The Toronto Blue Jays are planning on making qualifying offers to sluggers Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion. Encarnacion tied with David Ortiz for the American League lead with 127 runs batted in while hitting 42 home runs. Bautista hit 22 homers with 69 R-B-Is in an injury-slowed season.


The starting pitchers are set for Game 1 of the World Series. Jon Lester will get the start for the Cubs against Cleveland Tuesday night (6:08 pm Sask Time). The 32-year-old lefty is 2-0 in three starts during this post-season. He was 19-5 during the regular season. Cleveland is going with former Cy Young award winner Corey Kluber. The Indians' ace is 2-1 with a 0.98 E-R-A and 20 strikeouts in three post-season starts this year.

(Canadian Press)

Monday, October 24, 2016



1 - WELL THAT SUCKED: The second last-ever game at Taylor Field was one nobody will care to remember other than Vernon Adams and the Montreal Alouettes.  Amid cold, pouring rains on Saturday, the Alouettes snapped the Saskatchewan Roughriders' four game winning streak with a 19-14 victory in Adams' first pro start.

Roughriders Head Coach & GM Chris Jones was as nauseated as anybody, labelling the performance a "step back" rather than a simple bump in the road, and lamented the fact the Riders' offense didn't wake up until the fourth quarter.

The Riders are rightfully livid too at the non-call on the helmet-to-helmet hit by Montreal linebacker Winston Venable on Rider running back Joe McKnight on the game's final play which, if called correctly, would've given the Riders 15 yards, a first down, and one more play from deep in Montreal territory with 0:00 on the clock.

But the simple fact is the Riders were beaten by a 4-11 team whose quarterback was making his first pro start, and the game shouldn't have come down to a blown call.  It was the Riders' poorest showing since August.
2 - CONSPIRACY? WHAT CONSPIRACY?: The non-call on Venable was just the latest in a series of officiating foibles in the CFL.  Nobody's madder than Hamilton Coach Kent Austin for calls which haven't gone their way lately.  There's no conspiracy.  It's just been inconsistent for all nine teams.

The Venable hit could be shown in the text book of officiating for an illegal helmet-to-helmet hit, and major foul.  It's inexcusable that it was missed.

Meanwhile sources within the officiating fraternity tell me that Austin is the hardest on CFL referees amongst head coaches.  And furthermore, the refs don't like having multiple voices in their headsets while they're trying to call the games.

The whole officiating system in the CFL seems haywire this season and it's unlikely to be corrected until this winter.

3 - DON'T MESS WITH THE BULL: An eyewitness in the stands behind the Rider bench Saturday night told me that after the game, Chris Jones had some choice words for a Rider fan who voiced his displeasure with the team's performance.

The guy who told me this thought it was a poor display of sportsmanship by Jones but frankly I don't have a problem with it at all.

Paying your money for a ticket gives you the right to do and say pretty much whatever you want.  However if you get in the face of the coach or a player, don't be shocked if you get it right back.

If you mess with the bull, you get the horn.

4 - SO HERE IT IS: From the moment that plans for the Farewell Season were unveiled by the Roughriders last winter, our attention immediately turned to the final game which, after a very long road, is finally here.

The last-ever Rider game at Taylor Field is this Saturday against the B.C. Lions in a 5:00 kickoff.  I get chills just thinking about it, and have for months.

The early forecast for the day is 6 degrees Celsius and cloudy, but you can expect that to fluctuate throughout the week as kickoff approaches.

Remarkably, to date the game is not yet sold-out which is mind-boggling when you consider what the Riders will have in store to send off the Grand Ol' Lady in style.

Remember the last-ever game at Edmonton's Northlands Coliseum in the spring?  It was incredible.

But Saturday's Roughrider pregame, halftime and postgame ceremonies will be at least as big, and will offer enough memories to last a lifetime.

I expect to be extremely choked up at the end of the broadcast.

5 - SO WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN?: I'll admit that at this point, I'm not sure.  I've purposely covered my ears and ignored the whispers and rumours about what the Roughriders have planned all season long.  We know the Riders will feature some of Saskatchewan's biggest names in the world of music, including Canadian country star Jess Moskaluke.

What alumni are coming back?  What video tributes will be shown?  How long will the postgame celebration be and what exactly will go on?

My guess is as good as yours.  However beginning with Monday's SportsCage on 620 CKRM, Rider personnel will come on the air to outline the festivities.

In the words of the immortal John Lynch, "It's just going to be fantastic!"

6 - CHEVY RUNS DEEP: What a great story the signing of long-time long-snapper Randy Chevrier by the Roughriders is.  The 40-year old Montreal product is in the 16th season of his colourful pro career which has included stints with the Jaguars, Cowboys, Bengals, Jets, Dragons, Eskimos, Stampeders, and now, Roughriders.

Rarely has the signing of a long-snapper garnered so many headlines, but he was brought in due to the sudden retirement of current Rider deep-snapper Dan McDonald (concussions).

In those bitter, nasty feuds between the Riders and Stampeders over the last decade, Chevrier was right there in the middle of it pouring out blood, sweat and tears while wearing Red & White.

He hated the Roughriders.  And now he's one of them.

"This is the best place to play as the enemy," Chevrier said on Friday.  "Now I'm getting an opportunity to see what it's like on the other side of the curtain.  For me, speaking as a CFL fan, the Riders are that team.  If you played hockey, you wanted to play for the Canadiens.  If you played baseball, you wanted to play for the Yankees.

"I believe that the Riders have that mystique in the CFL and as much I'd have hated to admit it - being a bitter enemy - I'm excited.  It doesn't matter that the Riders are out of the playoffs.  Somebody's going to show up to turn the lights on, somebody's going to show up to sell beer and popcorn, and people are going to be here to cheer.  That's reason enough to compete."

A marketing whiz couldn't have written a better tribute to the Saskatchewan Roughriders than what Randy did off the cuff on Friday.

And although Chevrier's school-aged son cried on Thursday when he heard his Dad is going to be a Roughrider, the opportunity that lays ahead for him has not been lost.

Chevrier has the chance to close Canada's football shrine as a member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders.  

After that, who knows?

But he's going to soak in every single historic second of the next two weeks.

7 - QUOTABLE: Speaking with someone in the field of sports medicine last week, he told me he figures there are two main reasons why injuries are wayyyy up in pro football over the past couple of years: 1) Players aren't as tough as they used to be, and many won't play unless they're 100% and 2) Concussions have only been diagnosed and taken seriously over the past few seasons as opposed to years ago when players just "got their bell wrung" and were sent right back out on the field.  Now if there's a hint of a concussion, that player is taken out of the game immediately.

8 - WINTER CLASSIC TAKEAWAY: We had the television broadcast of the NHL's Winter Classic alumni game from Winnipeg on in the broadcast booth Saturday during the Rider game.  The only thing I took out of it was a good news/bad news scenario for Winnipeg.

The good news: Dale Hawerchuk's Jets beat Wayne Gretzky's Oilers 7-6.

The bad news:  It's not 1985!

These outdoor games will be great until a superstar catches his skate in a rut and tears an ACL. That's what ended my playing career! (Rec career that is!)

9 - GO PATS GO: In the summertime we said that this was going to be the best season of Regina Pats hockey in over 30 years and the numbers are already starting to prove it.  Regina's 9-0-3 start is their best since 1984 when they went all the way to the WHL Final.

The club's #2 ranking in the nation is their highest since the inception of the CHL Top 10 and further proof that this one of the best Pats teams ever.

The talent on this John Paddock club is simply breathtaking and while watching Friday's 4-2 win over Spokane, my heart literally skipped a beat when the Pats were on the powerplay.  They're a dominant club when it's 5-on-5, but when they're on the man advantage they control a game as good as any team I've ever seen in junior hockey.

The only bad news is that the Pats don't play again until they host the Seattle Thunderbirds next Sunday at 4:00 pm on 620 CKRM.

With the Rider season petering out, it's time this town sat up and paid attention to the Regina Pats and University of Regina Rams.

10 - THE WORLD SERIES: Many in this country have turned away from baseball since the Blue Jays bowed out last week but I suspect many will be tuned back in for the World Series between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians for Game 1 on Tuesday.

I don't know enough about it to make a prediction, but a clash between two long-suffering franchises will make for must-see TV.

I'll be pulling for the Indians for two reasons: 1) The movie Major League put the Indians in a corner of all our hearts and 2) Scruffy will be rooting his guts out for the Cubs.

He's too easy to rile up!

11 - 6-6: Still like the NFL over the CFL? Last night's Sunday Night Football game featured a 6-6 tie between Seattle and Arizona. Barf!

All that shows is each league has its share of great games, plus its share of dogs.

12 - AT THE MOVIES: We took the chance on Sunday's day off to hit up a doubleheader at Cineplex Odeon Theatre in the Southland Mall.  Our viewing choices?  The Girl On The Train and The Accountant.

They both get the thumbs-up from the MMG, but whichever one you choose will be up to your viewing tastes.  The Girl On The Train was a twister of a plot and while all the girls in my house had read the best-selling book, they didn't spoil the ending for me.  It was a doozy!

And the early stages of The Accountant didn't seem like your typical Ben Affleck movie however by the middle of it, it became a shoot-'em-up thriller.  It's little surprise that it's the #1 movie in North America right now.

Get out and see them!

13 - THE HITS KEEP COMING: This website will achieve 17-million all-time hits over the course of the next 24 hours.  That's quite something for a little old blog from Regina which featured its first post back on March 19, 2006.

All I can say is THANK YOU and I'm grateful you keep coming back.



Sunday, October 23, 2016

The Regina Thunder 2016 season came to an end with a PFC semi-final loss to the Saskatoon Hilltops, 25-24 on Sunday afternoon at SMF Field in Saskatoon.

With the win, the Hilltops advance to take on the Calgary Colts for a second straight year in the PFC Championship game.

In the first quarter the Hilltops jumped out to an early 7-0 lead on their first drive. It was capped by a Ryan Turple touchdown catch at 2:20. Then at 14:15 Saskatoon went up 14-0 on a rushing touchdown from Logan Fischer and that was the score through 15 minutes.

In the second The Thunder kicked two field goals at 6:06 and 10:42 thanks to James Reid and it was a 14-6 game. Saskatoon got three back from James Vause at 12:17 but Reid kicked his third field goal of the quarter with two seconds left on the clock and the Hilltops lead was 18-9 at the half.

In the third quarter the Hilltops got a defensive touchdown from Adam Benkic who returned a fumble to the endzone at 7:49 and it was 25-9 Saskatoon. The Thunder responded on a Sawyer Buettner touchdown run at 12:53 to cut the lead to 25-16 after three.

In the fourth Victor St. Pierre-Laviolette got Regina to within two with a touchdown run at 6:49. It was 25-23 at that point. It stayed that way until late and the Thunder drove deep into Saskatoon territory with less than two minutes left. Facing third and one under the shadow of the goalposts. They elected to take a delay of game penalty to move the ball back and try the go ahead field goal but it was missed and went for a single at 13:14. That made it 25-24 and that was the final on Sunday afternoon.

QB Sawyer Buettner threw for 316 yards in the loss while Levi Paul led the receiving corps with 81 yards. Victor St. Pierre-Laviolette ran for 53 in the contest and scored a touchdown.

(Courtesy Phil Andrews)


Canadian Press/Mark Taylor

REGINA - A soaking rain wasn't going to ruin Vernon Adams' first start in the CFL.

The rookie quarterback got the call on Saturday and lifted his Montreal Alouettes to a 19-14 victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders at Mosaic Stadium.

"I'm just so happy for this offence and just finding that fight at the end of the day and getting that win,'' Adams said after he helped his team end a two-game losing skid and improve to 5-11.

"We kept our composure the whole day.  I want to thank the guys for having my back the whole game.''

The Riders slipped to 5-11 and had their four-game winning streak snapped. Both teams have already been eliminated from CFL playoff contention.

An unrelenting rain kept the football and field conditions slippery from start to finish, and it affected both offences for the majority of the contest.

Neither team threatened the end zone in the first half. A pair of Boris Bede field goals (50 yards and 24 yards) in the first quarter gave Montreal a 6-0 lead. The Als led 6-5 at halftime.

Montreal's defence provided a spark midway through the third quarter. Chip Cox sacked Darian Durant and knocked the ball from the quarterback's hand. Montreal recovered at the Saskatchewan four-yard line. One play later, Sam Giguere took an end-around handoff for a touchdown that gave the visitors a 13-5 lead.

"We get paid to play football and that's what we love to do,'' Cox said. "All of us love playing football. Even if we weren't getting paid to play it, we'd go out and play flag football when we could. What do you expect us to do? You expect us to quit playing?''

Adams' first career touchdown, a 22-yard strike to Marcus Henry midway through the fourth quarter, proved to be the winning score. At the time, it gave the Alouettes a 19-5 lead.

Adams finished the game 11-for-24 passing for 177 yards and one touchdown and one interception. He also rushed for 26 yards.

"He was very slippery, very good at making moves and making guys miss,'' Riders linebacker Greg Jones said of Adams. "And he was making guys miss outside of the pocket too. You have to try to swarm him as best you can and make him stop his feet.''

On the ensuing possession, Durant capped a 10-yard, 97-yard drive with a 10-yard touchdown run that cut the deficit to seven with approximately seven minutes remaining.

The Riders had two opportunities late to tie or take the lead. Their first chance was snuffed out with 1:15 remaining when a third-down pass attempt fell incomplete at the Montreal seven-yard line.

After Montreal conceded a safety to make it 19-14, the Riders got the ball back on their 35-yard line with 26 seconds to go. That drive, too, fell short as time expired.

Saskatchewan running back Joe McKnight was the team's top performer on offence for the second consecutive week. Playing in his second game with the Riders, McKnight rushed for 62 yards on 13 carries. He also had 81 yards on nine receptions. The previous week, the former Edmonton Eskimo starred in the team's 29-11 victory over the Toronto Argonauts with 150 rushing yards.

Durant was 25-for-37 passing for 208 yards. He rushed for 34 yards.

Both teams will conclude their 2016 seasons next weekend. The Riders will host the B.C. Lions in the final CFL game to be played at Mosaic Stadium. The Alouettes will host the Calgary Stampeders.

(Canadian Press/Craig Slater)