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Saturday, October 10, 2015

MOSAIC PLACE RECAP: TICATS 30 ROUGHRIDERS 15


HAMILTON - Jeff Mathews' shoulders are feeling a little lighter.

The 24-year-old rookie quarterback threw the first three touchdown passes of his CFL career to lead the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 30-15 over the Saskatchewan Roughriders at Tim Hortons Field in CFL action Friday night.

"It (feels) more like a little bit of weight off your back after playing three games,'' said the Cornell product. "Now it's been lifted, we can just go play and not think about it.''

It was his second CFL career start with the Ticats - and his first win - after having to take over for starter Zach Collaros in the second quarter of Week 13's game against Edmonton, a 25-18 loss in which he threw two picks returned for touchdowns, one interception in the end zone and one fumble. Things weren't much better last week in his first start - a 23-20 loss to Calgary in which he threw one interception and had one fumble.
This time Mathews had zero turnovers and completed 22-of-33 pass attempts for 385 yards.

"We finally got our execution level up,'' he said, crediting the play-making ability of his receivers. "We were able, obviously, to... make some great plays. It was a great day.''

Mathews' first TD pass was a nine-yard strike to fellow Cornell alumnus Luke Tasker midway through the second quarter that was set up by an Ed Gainey blocked punt recovered near the goal line. He followed that late in the half with a 91-yard drive ending with a six-yard strike to Tiquan Underwood and in the third with an 87-yard catch-and-run to Terrell Sinkfield - Hamilton's longest play from scrimmage this season.

Head coach Kent Austin had been saying all week his starter just needed to get some game experience.

"When he gets that experience, and has to face different situations and conditions and adversity and things, he'll get a lot better, and he has,'' said Austin. "He was very poised I thought today. We protected him well and the receivers really played well. They made some big catches, some big plays for him. But he was very accurate.''

Hamilton snapped a two-game losing skid to improve to 9-5 and take sole possession of first place in the CFL East. Saskatchewan fell to 2-13 and is eliminated from playoff contention for only the second time since 2002.

"At the beginning of the year, that's the goal (making the playoffs),'' said Roughrider head coach Bob Dyce. "Now realizing (we are out), it's a little disheartening. We now have three games and we are going to keep fighting. Obviously, our focus changes.''

Saskatchewan was down 20-0 at the end of the first half, so rookie pivot Brett Smith was sent in to replace starter Kevin Glenn to start the second. He hit Weston Dressler for a 79-yard catch-and-run TD and Ryan Smith with a 68-yard TD strike. He also threw one interception.

Glenn made 11-of-17 pass attempts for 67 yards and one interception in the first half. Smith completed 11-of-20 pass attempts for 243 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

Smith's opening drive ended with an interception by Courtney Stephen at the Saskatchewan 21 and returned to the 18. When Hamilton failed to get the first down on a botched fake 22-yard field-goal attempt, the Roughriders got the ball back on their own eight.

Three plays later, Smith found the wide-open Dressler downfield and the score was 20-7 4:53 into the second half.

Hamilton got that back four minutes later when Sinkfield escaped a tackle after a 10-yard pass from Mathews and ran it the rest of the way for an 87-yard score and the 27-7 lead.

Ticats kicker Justin Medlock's 18-yard field goal with 4:34 left in the game followed by Smith's 68-yard TD catch-and run, with a two-point convert with 1:57 left, finished the scoring.

Medlock hit all three field-goal attempts, from 25, 44 and 18 yards.

Saskatchewan kicker Paul McCallum missed from 27 yards out.

Hamilton running back Michael Ford rushed for 54 yards while Brett Smith led Saskatchewan with 57 rushing yards. Jerome Messam, the league's second-leading rusher, was held to eight yards.

Notes: Attendance at Tim Hortons Field was 24,222.

(Canadian Press)


POSTGAME COMMENTS

HEAD COACH BOB DYCE

- A little challenging.  Offensively throughout the course of the whole game we really didn't have much flow.  Defensively we fought hard for the majority and special teams had that block which led to our first touchdown.  But some mental lapses bit us.  We talked about that but it bit us in the rear-end.

- I think it was a combination of things.  I certainly won't put this on Kevin Glenn.  There were a number of drops in the first half.  There may have been some miscommunication and mislocated balls and when you do that against a defense like this you won't have success.

- Changing quarterbacks wasn't planned.  You can't go a half in the CFL without scoring points so we made the decision to go with Brett in the second half.

- Normally the protocol is to be notified on pass interference if it should be challenged.  Afterwards Weston said he was interfered with but we just didn't get it in time.

- Alex Hall likely won't play for the rest of the season.  On the others, I haven't had a chance to check yet.  Monroe went down and didn't finish.

- Brett Smith is an interesting guy.  The first touchdown was a result of a broken coverage and credit to his mobility, he escaped and had time downfield.  We'll have to watch film.  The coach said there were some things that possibly could've been missed but we'll have to look at the film.  The late touchdown to Ryan was a great ball and he put up 15 points which is great but as always there were things that possibly could've been better.

- It's Kent prerogative to run a fake.  I'm just happy our guys were on point and stopped it.  It's his job to score points.  That's the objective of the game.  That's his prerogative.

- On the shortkick, it was a great kick.  I told Paul that as soon as he walked off the field.  We coulda played the ball instead of the man.  Jeff could've tapped it over the receiver.  It's hard for me to see who could've got through but we could've maybe schemed it better.

- Luckily we're in a bye week so we'll be able to sit down and see how to adjust the roster going forward.  Obviously we still want to win games.  You can't change 15 guys and expect to have continuity.  We'll look at it this week and look at all possibilities and go from there.

LB JEFF KNOX JR.

- It's very disappointing right now.  The season is basically over for us, for the postseason.  It always hurts for us but coming off the bye week we have to stay focused.  We've still go three games left.

- I had a lot of help this year. Coach Pettaway is good, man.  He's showed me a lot and I'm still learning.  I'm a rookie and have a lot to learn. Coach Dyce and the staff believe in me and put me in position to make plays.  I have to make sure I make them.

- Moving to the middle is a big responsibility.  You've gotta communicate with the back-end and the front-end plus your own assignments but I embrace it.  I love the challenge.

- When the scouts saw my film on line, I got a call and I was asked to come to camp in Florida before the NFL Draft.  My agent was opposed to it but I'm my own man and I took the chance to go to Florida.  They invited me to camp, I made it through rookie camp and made it through and made the roster.  It's been a blessing.

REC WESTON DRESSLER

- We just didn't execute as we needed to in the game.  We moved it decently in the first quarter and didn't finish a few drives.  A few things off cost us.

- It's just that.  When everything goes right there's always one thing that goes wrong.  It's one thing different each week.  It seems like we can't get it all together at the same time.

- It's nice to see Getz back on the field.  He's a good friend of mine obviously and watching him on the sidelines the past seven weeks was frustrating. It was nice to see him back out there.

- Brett does a lot of really good things with his legs and he extends plays.  He makes big plays happen downfield and he's getting better and better each time he gets to play.  He's making the proper reads and getting the ball out on time.  He'll continue to improve.  It's not easy to run this offense if you're a rookie quarterback in this league.  He works hard on it.  I like to call it 'organized chaos' when he's making those plays.

- I have no idea what our staff is going to do with the last three games.  I don't take this game for granted.  I know how quickly it can end at any time.  I'm going to make the most of my opportunities whenever I'm on the field.

* The Riders now head into a bye in Week 17.


62 comments:

Anonymous said...

27 yard FG miss. Atta boy Paul. That's the Rider way.

Anonymous said...

Is there honestly Noone better then this bum we call a kicker out there? Is it also true that they fly him on game days and doesn't practice with the riders ? If so there shows ya how are organization is being run these days. Wow this season cannot end soon enough. J

Anonymous said...

The Tiger Cats of Hamilton gave the Saskatchewan Laughriders every opportunity to put the firsts of the game on the scoreboard, they failed !

Anonymous said...

Wow - are the Rider DBs ever bad - they all need to be replaced.

Anonymous said...

This secondary is comical. You just have to laugh. 3 passes in the first half with out a guy with in 15 yards of the receiver.

Anonymous said...

Pitch and catch, pitch and catch - Rider Dbs standing around with their fingers where the sun doesn't shine

Anonymous said...

Can we no longer hear about Kevin glenn the 14 year veteran? Because he's been schooled by rookie qb's all season now b

Anonymous said...

Down 20 at the half. Not bad for the Riders

Anonymous said...

The onky idiots saying Hamilton should trade for Kevin Glenn were the idiots outside of Hamilton. That's how a real football team recruits and believes in their QB.

Anonymous said...

in the #CFL developing QB'S means letting them play and pummell the #Riders

Anonymous said...

Hit it !

We're on our way now! We're really rolling,
to another Grey Cup title.
We got that Tiger pride, a feeling you just can't hide.
Tiger Cats pride, Tiger Cats pride ...
We got that Tiger pride, a feeling you just can't hide. Tiger pride...

Anonymous said...

One thing for sure, of late the Rider "defense" makes brand new quarterbacks look like MVP's. This should give BC pause, as Jennings may not be as good as some think.

Anonymous said...

Glenn not playing, could they be keeping him healthy for a quick trade?

Anonymous said...

My 89 year grand ma in a long dress wearing her army boots could have caught and run in that Dressler touchdown.

Anonymous said...

So...like I said and now it's been proved. Dressler gets a first down. He goes on like that's just life. Stink field gets a first down, he acts like he is triple jointed.

Riders=class
Everyone else=not so much

Anonymous said...

Glad Oskii Wee Wee died. What a loser

Anonymous said...

Demski ought to try running north south instead of jukin and shufflin

Anonymous said...

Brett Smith looks like Sunseri and plays like him too.

Anonymous said...

Every one of the Rider DBs should be cut !!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Smith is not thr guy. Lets see Price.

Anonymous said...

Some loser calls from the flatlands?
Oh! It's only a skeeb from regina.
Hey! something just for you, for your listening pleasure.
Here we go... sing along! Com'on!

Oskee Wee Wee,
Oskee Waa Waa,
Holy MAKINAW !
Tiger Cats win, again!

Anonymous said...

Recruits? ha u signed ur starting qb away from Toronto...they recruited him.

Anonymous said...

Rider's board runs this team like it's 1960

Anonymous said...

The game turned when Getzlaf choked and dropped that pass that turned into the 3rd down and the blocked punt. Get rid of him now. Not the coach's or GM's fault a so called leader on the team is too scared and old to make a minor footbal levell play.

Anonymous said...

It's Friday night Oskee Wee Wee time!
All drinks on the house!
We're hav'ing a partay Sk, and ur not invited.

Anonymous said...

kkkish Saskatchewan 1930's -40's ......

Anonymous said...

It's so hilarious to hear Regina media think that any Riders would bolster another CFL team for the playoffs.
Really?

Anonymous said...

How's your Mom doin by the way!

Sk__Roughie said...

well there goes a hit to Rods blog user count. Maybe Rod and his buddy Obama can start the political rant. Is there a rally at Sparks?

Anonymous said...

Mom Is doing doing fine! Thanx for askin. An you? Huz the ole skank you call mom? Is she out on the Dewdney strip tonite as usual? She suredly must of left sstrict orders for you to stay off the computer while she gone out for the night. Behave now!

Anonymous said...

Hahahahahah same clowns from opposing teams come to the rider page

Anonymous said...

Remind me again why we got rid of Milo. He would miss the easy kicks and wasn't realiable? Sounds like Paul McCallum to me.

Gord said...

Did Bob Dyce just say the defence played well? Wow what game was he watchng? This is one of the worst defences I've ever seen. Our secondary is absolutely atrocious. We made Jeff Mathews look like Tom Brady today. Think of all the defensive backs we have brought in this year. Our scouts didn't find one. If you can't even scout a defensive back you are in big trouble. We are in for some lean years. This franchise is in big trouble.

Anonymous said...

Two consecutive weeks of losing to a backup QB in his second career start. And our backup who is a veteran who is up there all time in lots of QB stats, well except one, Grey Cup wins. Maybe we should have traded for Henry last year. Been a waste of time, the last season and a half with this team.

We are in for a major rebuild. Without Durant we are I think 4 wins and 21 losses. Every team in the league has at least 4 wins this season alone. This is just not fun anymore and I never thought we would be back to the likes of those dreaded teams of the 70's and 80's so quickly.

Anonymous said...

The riders started the downhill slide when Brad started the commercials. Dump Brad and the atmosphere will improve and so will the team. Send the Riders some orange crush they need refreshing.

Anonymous said...

This is just not fun anymore and I never thought we would be back to the likes of those dreaded teams of the 70’s and 80's so quickly


Thanks to Taman - he learned the ropes working for the Riders during their cruddy era, and was determined to see if he could make those methods work in the 2010’s. The only difference between then and now is the Riders actually have money to spend on players.

Anonymous said...

Our secondary is the WORST in the CFL. Marshay Green has been terrible all season and should be cut ASAP. Matt Webster is awful at safety, why not at least try non-import Paul Waldu there. Or trade for safety for next season

Anonymous said...

Matt Webster is from Queens and is Canadian.

Buy yeah he looked lost out there and looked like he was running backwards.

Anonymous said...

Not sure which is more glaring: the fact that the Riders completely gave up when elimination was on the line two games in a row or the fact that reality has finally set in that we are the worst team, a team that will officially not make the playoffs and a team no matter who the coach is the worst we've seen in 35 years.

Mr Hopson is ultimately to blame for this by sending Tillman packing and hiring Taman. Tillman went to Edmonton and turned that franchise around. And now look at Hamilton.

Sadly we've been fed spoonful after spoonful of BS about this team being better than their record, Glenn gives us a better chance to win than Smith, there's still a chance at the playoffs blah, blah! What's incredibly upsetting is we as fans have to just 'take it' while this team will take years to rebuild and that's with a competent GM, a GM who is not O'Day.

Good luck with your decisions this offseason Mr. Reynolds. Your decision of who takes over this franchise is critical. We'll all be watching with great interest!

Deeply concerned fan!

Anonymous said...

Happy Thanksgiving Rod! Enjoy the long weekend!

Anonymous said...

No you clown, Hopson was not to blame for Tillman being sent packing, Tillman is to blame for Tillman being sent packing. And anyways, who cares. Its ancient history so time to: Get over it!

Anonymous said...

Tillman did not turn the EE around!!!!!!
Tillman was fired in Edmonton. They were terrible under his guidance.
Tillman traded away Ricky Ray in 2012. Ray went on to win the Grey Cup on his new team in 2012.
Man you should get your facts straight before you make a statement like Tillman turned the EE around!

Anonymous said...

Hopefully that's the last time we ever see Kevin Glenn. Now that we're officially eliminated it's time to see Smith and Price. Why Glenn has started the last two games is beyond me but the so called experts all agree it's 'conventional wisdom' that you have to start your best chance when you're still in the playoff race.
Thirty years ago in the NHL is was 'conventional wisdom' that a goalie had to stand up. Show me a standup goalie now.
Sometimes those closest to the game can't see the subtle changes that are happening and that's what went on with the Roughriders this year. Due to 'conventional wisdom' we still don't have a clue what Keith Price can do.

Don Cherry

Anonymous said...

Play Smith 1&4 qtrs Price 2&3 rest of the way! See what we have for the future. My money is on Price from a pro style offence at Wash... Not just a rabbit

Anonymous said...

I'll take the bye by 6 this week.

Anonymous said...

Pretty sure Tillman got Edmonton back in the playoffs. The year he gets canned they miss. Those are the facts.

Anonymous said...

Hopson is to blame for sending Tillman packing when Hopson was outvoted by the Exec to keep him. Hopson is to blame for hiring Taman.

Anonymous said...

To me Smith has proven he doesn't have it. He's sporadic even in mop up time when the hounds have been called off. As for Price, it's obvious that the Rider brass has no confidence in him or they'd have given him some time by now. I believe we're no better off than we were a year ago.

Anonymous said...

Oh also Hopson is to blame for giving contracts to Taman and Chamblin through 2017. You and I are paying those guys to not do anything.

Anonymous said...

Ottawa is looking good at qb. Remember they upgraded their qb months after signing Glenn. Whose laughing now.
New building empty the slogan moving forward.

Anonymous said...

Glenn was starting because Dyce and O'Day probably wanted a winning record for their resume. Now it really makes no sense to start Glenn and it is time to experiment.

Anonymous said...

He took a basement dwelling team to the west final in 2011... I think you need to do your homework before you write his abilities as a GM off! Do us all a favour and thump your bible at home and keep your mouth shut and your computer turned off!

Anonymous said...

Hmmm going to the west final and making the playoffs next year sounds like Edmonton made it to the playoffs. What does any of that have to do with thumping a bible?

Anonymous said...

Should be a lock on the 1st draft pick for 2016 - lets hope that there is some real Canadian talent out there.

Anonymous said...

Tillman resigned.

Hopson did hire Taman who did work to secure a home victory in the 2013 Grey Cup. May want to find something else to whine about you silly fool?

Anonymous said...

Taman just the 2013 messenger boy, he wouldn't know a football if you handed him one. He ruined the Roughriders team for the foreseeable future and the new team president better be doing his job of an extensive exhaustive search for a competent gm to right this on field product back to respectability.

Anonymous said...

I lived through the pathetic teams of the 70s and 80s. After the last decade and all the success, I never thought that I'd see this again. What a nightmare. The Riders have deep pockets now unlike before, this has to end. I once thought that maybe Smith was the answer to the QB problem but I've watched him run around like a scared rabbit from the pocket, he's not the QB of the future.

Anonymous said...

Here is the last year+ to me. DD could almost will this team to win. That special. Made others look good. Once gone the O is mediocre. Combined with loss of Heenan. Our D got caught (ala Chip Cox) by new rules. Smaller guys relied on aggressive coverage (ala Chip Cox). Between expansion draft and injury we lost good Canadians up middle front. (And yes we pay the price for hockey style roster moves designed to win the cup at home) So Tamen? Champlain? Hopson? Starts with the board and whoever elects them. Us?

Anonymous said...

Reality is Smith is miles behind other rookie QBs.
Jennings (B.C.), Franklin (EE), Mathews (Ti-cats) and Cato (Als) are all head and shoulders above Smith.
It's time to see if Price has what it takes because we know Smith doesn't and any more time spent on him is wasted.

Anonymous said...

Us? Please explain specifally Who Us is?

Anonymous said...

Smith isn't it. Need to see Price. Brackenridge goes back to safety or just goes. With Moore hurt put Connnop back in to cover off the Canadian and get him some reps. Getzlaf should sitting as he won't make the team next year.

Anonymous said...

Time to see what Price can do.

Getzlaf has to go. Too $$$ for the lack of production and drops we are seeing

Tristan Jackson and Marshay Green should be told not to come back after the bye week.

Why did we let Craig Butler go?