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Sunday, October 4, 2015

MOSAIC PLACE RECAP: LIONS 46 RIDERS 20


VANCOUVER - With the B.C. Lions up 33-5 in the third quarter, running back Andrew Harris jokingly asked Jonathon Jennings if he wanted to borrow his gloves for the next sequence.

The Lions ran a play twice in practice earlier in the week where Harris takes a direct snap and pitches it to receiver Austin Collie, who in turn throws a pass to a streaking Jennings out of the backfield.

The rookie quarterback dropped it both times, but Saturday was different.


Jennings tossed four touchdowns and caught another between two defenders for a 21-yard TD in his second career start as B.C. hammered the Saskatchewan Roughriders 46-20 to snap a three-game losing streak in the club's most complete performance of the season.

"I couldn't be more humbled in this experience,'' said Jennings.

The 23-year-old showed the poise of a veteran, finishing 19-of-25 passing for 364 yards, while adding 40 yards on five carries.

"I said earlier in the week he's going to make plays with his feet and stretch the field with his arm,'' said Harris, before adding with a smile: "I wish it was like hockey where you can get assists for my flip to Collie.''

Jennings, who was No. 3 on the depth chart before Travis Lulay (knee) and John Beck (pectoral muscle) went down with injuries, threw two touchdowns in last weekend's 29-23 road loss against the Edmonton Eskimos and took another big step in this one.

"The team has a lot of confidence in Jon because of the guy he is, the work ethic he has, the way he prepares,'' said Lions head coach Jeff Tedford. "He comes to work each day and works his hardest to do what he can do to help this team win.''

The Lions (5-8) are now two points up on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (4-10) for third in the West Division with game in hand ahead of next weekend's meeting between the clubs at B.C. Place Stadium.

B.C. came in having lost five of six, but picked up its third win over the Roughriders in 2015 to complete the season sweep. Saskatchewan (2-12), meanwhile, fell to 2-3 under interim head coach Bob Dyce.

"We didn't come to play, we didn't get it done,'' said Roughriders quarterback Kevin Glenn, who was 15-of-21 passing for 185 yards and two interceptions. "You've got to give B.C. credit. They did what they needed to do.''

Up by 15 points at the half, the Lions put things out of reach on the first play from scrimmage in the third quarter when Jennings hooked up with Manny Arceneaux on an 82-yard touchdown to make the score 27-5 with Richie Leone's convert.

"I expect myself to go out there and make some plays,'' said Jennings. "Everything's not going to go perfect ... today was just one of those days.''

B.C. kept pouring it on later in the quarter, with Jennings finding Arceneaux from five yards out to stretch the lead to 33-5 after Leone missed his second extra point of the day.

"That guy is something to be reckoned with,'' Lions defensive back Ryan Phillips said of Jennings. "For him to step up like that shows a lot of maturity.''

After Jennings' TD catch, the Roughriders finally found the end zone when Keenan MacDougall recovered a blocked punt by Markus White early in the fourth quarter to make it 40-11. The two-point convert attempt failed.

Paul McCallum added a single on a missed field goal before Leone booted a field goal with 6:05 left.

Saskatchewan then got a late consolation TD on a 47-yard pass from Brett Smith to Naaman Roosevelt. 

Smith ran in the two-point convert before Leone hit his fourth field goal for the final points.

Jennings had the Lions up 20-5 at the half on touchdown passes to Shawn Gore and Bryan Burnham and eight points from Leone on two field goals, a single and a convert.

"You always want something to swing your momentum,'' said Jennings. "We've been losing a little bit and it was good to come out there and get the victory and get everybody excited again.''

Notes: Arceneaux had four catches for 137 yards. ... Attendance was 24,554.


POSTGAME COMMENTS

HEAD COACH BOB DYCE

- Not the way we wanted to start the game to tell you the truth.  We prided ourself on fast starts but we didn't have one today.

- We knew Jennings had a strong arm and would make big plays if we let him.  11 of their points wouldn't have been up there at the half if we'd made sacks.

- The start was slow but really as we talked at the half, we were only down 15 points.  We thought we'd make that up in the third quarter but the opening play in the second half jumped on us.  For whatever reason we weren't quite ready to go to start the second half.

- That touchdown would've been OPI which isn't challengeable.

- Brett got a full quarter in this game.  I think that's good for his development.  We were going to ride Kevin out.  We just decided to make the change for the fourth quarter.

- The door's still open.  Just a little crack.  It's a difficult balance whether you see that or not.  We know we have to be locked in on what we need to accomplish and not worry what's going on around us.  I guess we didn't do a good enough job of that.

- Until that crack is closed, we have a lot of belief in ourselves.  I have a lot of believe in the men in that room.  We'll go back, talk with Jeremy, things like that.  We're still fighting.

DL MARKUS WHITE

- You always gotta bring it regardless of the situation.  Whenever you're called on you gotta go to work.

- That was my first blocked punt.  They put me in a great position and they told me if they gave it, I could take it.

- I just trust in what they teach and tell me and I do the best to just blow it up.  The best possibility came out of it.

- They did a good job and I commend everything they did as well.  We had some killers for flags and it still comes down to discipline.  But I'm proud to be a Rider and we just have to come back and play hard.

WR RYAN SMITH

- It's frustrating but you gotta commend BC.  They came out to play today.  It's just frustrating but we'll come back next week.

- They got a good secondary.  They scouted us pretty well tonight.  You've gotta commend them for coming out to play.

- They played a lot of zone coverage back there, dropping a lot of guys, and you have to try to find the holes and sometimes it's luck of the draw I guess.

- I just try to keep getting better every single game.  I take the coaching and listen to it, and try to get better.

- We're gonna come to work this week, work our butts off and get ready for Hamilton.

65 comments:

Anonymous said...

Time to pull Glenn. I've seen enough and clearly there's a reason why this guys a career backup. Britsl

Anonymous said...

Who's the one track minded perv taking the pics for this post? Behave.

Old Hanky

Anonymous said...

The dream's over folks. A rookie QB in his second start is shredding our defense and Kevin Glenn is as cold as a mother-in-law. This team is crap, over to the Blue Jays.

Anonymous said...

The only time Anthony Allen is the answer is if the question is who needs to be cut.

Anonymous said...

BC's 3rd string qb is beating our 2nd string qb. How can that be?

Anonymous said...

not enough talent here - totally unprepared to play - too much talk all week about "we believe" >>>>. All talk !!!! They don't show up and a ROOKIE QB schools them. Pathetic performance. They should all donate their paycheque to a Charity....
Long road ahead. Not much talent here and evident no heart !!!!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for showing up guys. Not a good audition for Glenn if we were thinking of trading to Hamilton. We can finally start lowering the coffin on this season.

Anonymous said...

That should put an end to all the non-sensical (BS) talk about "we still have a chance". Can hardly wait to hear all the excuses. Maybe they should just man up and say "they were totally unprepared to play - they don't have enuf talent. - and they did not give their best effort! "
Turned off theTV a few minutes into Q3. Got sick watching the Riders get their behinds kicked,,,,,,,,,

w said...

Management saw Sunseri and Doege as the future of the Riders, and not Jennings. That pretty much tells you all you need to know about the skill of management past and present.

Anonymous said...

I thought Winnipeg looked bad in their first half, we're worse than they are. How pathetic! One step forward and five back! Time to clean house!
Patrick

Anonymous said...

So agree all this talk is pathetic!!One of the worst teams in rider history their two wins and this talk of playoffs is totally embarrassing!!The riders playoff hopes were gone after going 0-9.

Anonymous said...

Thankfully I only have one ticket from my season ticket package to give away. What a joke! What an embarrassment. TSN would be better served to show lawn darts. Ugly! pathetic! Done!

Anonymous said...

BC airs it out all game and Sask has 3 yard pass every possession.

Anonymous said...

When the score hits 50 Rider management will still think they have a great team...and then go resign Sunseri to bolster things.

Anonymous said...

I wonder what Rod and the rest of this pathetic media excuses will be thus week.Just call it like it is already an absolutely terrible team.

Anonymous said...

Tino Tino

Anonymous said...

Nice tackle by #53 on his own quarterback.

Anonymous said...

Just release Glenn, no sense trying to trade him, nobody wants him. Just cut him and play the rookies.

w said...

Here's how it went after Braedenton:

Chamblin and Taman: Jennings, you're a good QB, but we got this guy named Tino and he's better than you. So thanks, but no thanks.

Anonymous said...

BC constantly rushing four. Riders blocking unsuccessfully with 7. The Riders re-build better start with the O-Line or a healthy Doubles in 2016 will be shortlived.

Also, don't worry about what current staff have done, you have the finances so identify the 'best in class' people at GM, Coach and Player Personnel and recruit them.

Anonymous said...

Pull Glenn. He doesn't want to be out there either.

Anonymous said...

I need a bag to over the bag on my head.

Anonymous said...

Kevin Glenn still in the game in the fourth quarter. Tell me again how we should hire Bob Dyce permanently.

Anonymous said...

Let us start 2016 with a real o-line.

Anonymous said...

2-12.
Chamblin is laughing while counting his free money.

Anonymous said...

Jennings throws for over 400 yards, plus he catches a TD. But not good enough to make a 2-12 team.
Taman will haunt this team for years to come.

Anonymous said...

The suck is strong in these ones indeed - Yoda




Anonymous said...

Labatte plays game on roller skates as usual.

Anonymous said...

A Disgrace To The Whole Province.

Anonymous said...

14 games into the season and our entire defensive secondary has a grand total of ONE interception. Who signed these guys? Oh, yeh Taman and like the last guy said, "He'll haunt this team for years to come."
But the media wanted to keep him.

Anonymous said...

The whole Saskatchewan Roughriders management structure top to bottom has to be called into question. Its not working people! Total rethink, total rebuild/restructure.

HANDY ANDY said...

Ouch! There's a terrible smell coming from the west coast. That was a horrible performance. It truly looked like the defence didn't care and that was the worst game Glenn has played this year.
I hope to see more of 16 Smith and 82 Roosevelt during the last four games. Time for GM O'Day to clean house. We have plenty of overpaid players.

Anonymous said...

Are you guys serious? Was Jonathon Jennings really at Rider camp in Florida?

Anonymous said...

Non-performance like this made Reynolds and new GMs job a lot easier....
Pathetic. Players say they have pride ???? Sure not showing ......

Anonymous said...

9 team CFL and not enough good players for Sask. - WTF?

Anonymous said...

Where is the narrative that there is a 2-12 level of skill out there.
Period.

Anonymous said...

A very good opportunity now to trade Dressier, Chick, (Durant, once he returns if he does), etc for some valuble long term player assets.

Anonymous said...

How's the Pats game Roddy?

Anonymous said...

See Ya Next Year. I'd rather watch Ladies Lawn Bowling than this sickening football team.

Anonymous said...

Super Fly Mahko Man one game wonderboy now back to old Macho Man.

Anonymous said...

You know you redefine crappy when the other team tries to give you 2 points and you screw up with a penalty and take 2 free points from the other team off the board.

Anonymous said...

You know you're crappy when the other guy's rookie QB catches more TD passes than your seasoned veteran QB throws.

Anonymous said...

Riders have the worst DBs in the history of the cfl !!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I feel sorry for Weston Dressler, Ryan Smith, Rob Bagg, Jerome Messam and Andre Munroe because they're giving their all. I have no mercy for any of the rest. Cut whoever you want, you'll be right.

Anonymous said...

Time to cut ties with all the old players Mr. Shivers brought in, they served their purpose and past due date, time to move on. Mr. Munroe the only untouchable. New gm/head coach, scouting staff, blow it all up and start from scratch with people who know how to manage a pro sports franchise with the proper football credentials.

Anonymous said...

Jennings was at the Rider 2014 mini-camp but said no thanks to the Riders and the CFL. He wanted to make it in the NFL and signed with an NFL team and then bounced around a bit before hitting a dead end in the NFL. Someone in the NFL may have dropped the ball on this guy, as he could be as good as Russel Wilson given a shot on the right team.

Anonymous said...

The Riders are a joke. But the bigger joke is your show. Listen to the Bombers show....

Anonymous said...

Wonder why every time a Rider defense faces a new inexperienced rookie QB he shreds them like paper? Lately Matt Nichols in his 1st game with Winnipeg now Jennings.

Want a highlite reel at QB..pray you play the Riders. Your pray will be answered, guaranteed. No matter who is the defensive coordinator, no matter who are on the defense we always make the rookie QB look like Superman. Has been that way for years. Don't know why.

Anonymous said...

Can't wait for the Sportscage on Monday. It will be hilarious when all of Regina's football experts try to convince us listeners that our O-line is awesome and there is several all-stars playing on our defense.

No Sale

Anonymous said...

Much as I hate this phrase, it is what it is. This team can't compete very game . Some games are pretty good some games are not. Time to play for your jobs boys, evaluation starts this week

Anonymous said...

They say to lose like Winnipeg is a harder loss to take than to lose like the riders.
Will any team from Regina win? Great game by the Pats as it didn't get outta hand like the Riders and Rams.
Bring back Thunder vrs Rams. At least a Regina team will win, maybe.

Anonymous said...

The last couple of seasons has shown we a headed in vortex downward. The talent on both sides of the ball isn't anywhere near acceptable. The Canadian talent and depth is average at best. Even out best players have disappeared this year. The first step towards fixing the problem is admitting the problem.

Every time the talent level has come up in the last couple years there will be the same crew who comes on sites and starts naming off these great finds. That is pure BS. A lot of names come through but very little talent and questionable potential. It's time to admit we need upgrades nearly everywhere. Taman and Chamblin were largely responsible yet there were staunchly defended by fans and media alike.

Dyce looked overwhelmed and isn't the answer. O'day needs to learn from a good GM as his tenure under Taman just doesn't cut it. Yet these guys are shamelessly promoted by various people. Most fans hope the good old boy mentality doesn't play a part in selecting the new brain trust. 't need far more capable people to clean up this mess. This will be up to Craig Reynolds and some headhunting firm to secure the very best people available. He should be working on that right now. With the deep crap this team is in, it can't afford to make any mistakes on it's new leadership.

Anonymous said...

haha well rider fans, you got your white elephant stadium so STFU about the plains hospital. Enjoy your on field product and hope you don't need to visit the hospital any time soon. Dumbasses

Anonymous said...

Riders, Rams and Pats all got blown out this weekend.

Anonymous said...

Sold out to win the 2013 cup and now they are paying the price. No long term plan was in place to follow that run. Money can buy you a cup in this league but it doesn't buy you long term success. Now we have to deal with this downtime until a new GM can build this team again.

Anonymous said...

The line of scrimmage is a disaster. Andre Monroe is the only one with effort and talent. The Matt Webster experiment at safety needs to end. Try Woldu back there or someone else

Anonymous said...

I hear Mr. Higgins has applied for the coach/gm role. after last nite his resume should be #1 on the list..... the team looked like they spent too much time in Gastown the nite before. Brutal, just brutal.

SK Oiler Fan said...

Not one of the DBs should be back next year. Can't cover, can't tackle, too small.
Rod, did you honestly believe this D was going to hold teams to an average if 20 points or less as you were saying at the end of camp or did you just randomly pick the D as the area of the team to over hype to spark fan interest. That might be the worst prediction of the year assuming you were serious.

Anonymous said...

Tired of hearing “Riders sold out in 2013” and now paying the price.

That would explain 2014 and the lack of depth and cap issues signing players then, not the issues this year.

This years record is nothing but proof the Riders won the 2013 Grey Cup despite their HC and GM!

Very little overall talent, national talent (Canadian) is old or non existent and the GM/Coach made questionable personnel decisions after the Grey Cup (i.e. keeping Dominic Picard over Shologan in the expansion draft).

The rot is entrenched deep on this team (thanks Taman) and will take a couple years to fix. Reynolds needs to take a scorch the earth approach to this offseason.

Hopefully the new GM/Coach can put together a team in time for the 2017 home opener in the new stadium.

Anonymous said...

Tristan Jackson's shelf life as a Rider must be short---as short as he is. He just can't play against big receivers, but they keep putting him out there for some reason

Anonymous said...

To all the people bringing down no talent teams in CFL and NFL always superior
2014 2 teams 2 and 14
2013 2 teams 2 and 14
2012 2 team 2 and 14
2011 2 teams 2 and 14
2010 1 team 1 and 14
2009 1 team 2 and 14, 1 team 1 and 15
2008 1 team 0 and 16
2007 1 team 1 and 15
This goes to show even in the so called elite leagues there are times that all teams struggle occasionally.
Stop your incessant bitching about one year. We will rebound no thanks to you bitchers and armchair "EXPERTS" who know nothing about football

Anonymous said...

Am I the only one that thought it looked like Kevin Glenn didn't even want in that game last night?

Anonymous said...

Comment on the white elephant right on. Good luck Regina taxpayers. Shoulda put lipstick on the pig and spent more time developing and finding talent for reloading. The riders also need to look carefully at How Brad is going to sloganeer his way through declining revenues and eroding tax bases because the money and financial good times may come to an end for the riders as well. They may need to ride on his coat tails until the province wakes up or files for bankruptcy.

Anonymous said...

Cowboy up Roughriders, your playing like a bunch of clowns bumping into each other.

Anonymous said...

That new stadium will be an expensive empty anchor for this city and it's taxpayers........nice job folks!