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Sunday, September 25, 2016

FINAL: ROUGHRIDERS 20 TIGER-CATS 18

Photo credit: Arthur Ward
REGINA - Confident and exciting are two words not often used when describing a three-win team.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders, now riding a two-game winning streak after a 20-18 victory on Saturday over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, are an upbeat bunch at 3-10 and feel their playoff chances are still very much alive.

Tyler Crapigna kicked a 29-yard field goal as time expired to life the Riders to their second consecutive walk-off win on home turf. The previous week they upset the Edmonton Eskimos in overtime thanks to Darian Durant's touchdown run.

"The excitement level is fantastic,'' receiver Rob Bagg told reporters after the game. "When you get that feeling, you're hungry to go out and get it again.''

But the Riders didn't have Durant down the stretch on Saturday. He left the game with an injury at the end of the third quarter when he was wrestled to the turf by defensive lineman and former teammate John Chick. Durant did not return to the field.

"I hit my head on the ground and felt a little woozy,'' Durant said. "I felt fine, I felt like I was ready to go back in but the doctors came up to me and wanted to go through the concussion protocol.''

Durant said he had a slight headache after the game and would use the upcoming bye week to rest.

Backup quarterback Mitchell Gale marched the Riders late on a 12-play drive, one that saw him complete five passes and rush for 12 yards to set up Crapigna with the game-winning kick.

The Riders now trail fourth-place Edmonton by six points in the West Division. The loss leaves Hamilton (6-7) in second place in the East Division, one point behind first-place Ottawa.

Jeremiah Masoli gave the Tiger-Cats a brief 18-17 advantage late in the fourth quarter when he rushed 21 yards for a touchdown. On second down and inches, Masoli took the snap around the right end of the line and found a clear path to the end zone for the score with a little more than three minutes remaining.

But the Tiger-Cats couldn't slow Gale and the Riders on the ensuing drive.

"They made more plays than we did,'' said Andy Fantuz, who led Hamilton with nine catches and 113 yards. "You have to give them credit. I don't think they're mathematically eliminated (from the playoffs) and they're playing like a team that's fighting for their life right now.''

Durant said his performance on Saturday prior to his injury may have been his best showing in a Riders uniform since he led the team to a Grey Cup title in 2013.

Durant was sharp from the game's opening drive on Saturday. He marched the Saskatchewan offence to scoring drives on two of its first three possessions, including a 46-yard touchdown catch by Armanti Edwards, who has two touchdowns in his first two games with the club. That score gave the Riders a 10-7 lead after the first quarter.

Durant connected on 19-of-25 pass attempts for 276 yards in the first half. He also had a one-yard plunge for a touchdown to push the Riders ahead 17-10 at the half. He finished 23 for 31 for 326 yards.

"It's something about these cool Saskatchewan nights and the ball was just spinning and I was seeing the field and was able to hit my receivers in stride. I felt good,'' Durant said.

Durant spread the ball around, with Caleb Holley his favourite target on the night with eight catches and 110 yards. Bagg had eight receptions and 96 yards and Edwards picked up 88 yards on seven catches.

"I honestly don't feel like we're a 3-10 football team,'' Bagg said. "It's a fun place to be right now, a fun place to come to work every day and we're just going to continue to work at it and keep this going.''

Hamilton's Zach Collaros threw for 310 yards and one touchdown, a 16-yard strike to Brandon Banks in the first quarter.

The game was missing plenty of offensive stars. Naaman Roosevelt, Saskatchewan's leading receiver, missed his second straight game with a leg injury. The Tiger-Cats were without receivers Chad Owens and Luke Tasker. All three pass catchers are on pace to surpass 1,000 yards.


The Riders have a bye week next week, while Hamilton returns home to take on the Calgary Stampeders.

(Canadian Press/Craig Slater)

48 comments:

Anonymous said...

Regina,Saskatchewan,

Who let the Cats out?
Who let the Cats out?
Wooh wa hah hooh!
Who let the Cats out?

Hear the RoarrrrRRRR!!!! Eat'em Raw Tiger Cats!

Anonymous said...

How many ill fated back up QB sneaks does Jones need to run before his ego realizes they're Rider killer plays.

Anonymous said...

Oh! by the way! We left most of our Supetstar players back home in Steel Town Hamilton to make it a fair game.

Anonymous said...

Gale a step below Sunseri.

John Knight said...

Looks like oskee wee wee wee'd on the field and they got eaten up LOL Go Riders

Anonymous said...

Dear know it all buffoons of regina,

Can you see it? Can you see it? Right in front of you! What you say? That be Mr. Jones total team rebuild taking shape in only half a season.

"In Jones We Trust"

Anonymous said...

Regarding the "move the ball" penalty to Hamilton on third down. I saw it once before, a number of years ago when Saskatchewan was penalized for the same infraction.

Anonymous said...

Gale shows poise,toughness and confidence to win game! Sunseri comparisons can cease!!

Anonymous said...

FU Suitor! It's a common practice for OCenters to set over the ball and move/tilt it ahead 4 to 6 inches before the snap, and it's rarely called. Why? Who Knows?, but it probably should be but they've always let it go.
Then later, in analyzing a short yardage play by the Riders where the center tilts, not moves forward the ball, he claims there's no difference! As I said, fu Suitor!

Anonymous said...

Is it the policy of Carm and CKRM when considering who the game stars are to always ignore the performance of the quarterbacks. Picking Bagg over Durant!! WTF!! Get real Carm!

Anonymous said...

Weep for Brother Oska wee wee. His Cats have no teeth. See you in 2017.

Anonymous said...

Clarke got called earlier in the year ... maybe twice. BTW Hamilton fan is right they had 3 top receivers out ... we only had two out ... and a QB late. We tried to even it out. Kent needs to control himself ... could learn from Jones.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps they don't pick the guy who ended the game on the injury list, as whomever they pick has to come on live and do an interview?

Anonymous said...

Usually after a loss there are about 30 comments from the trolls. A win and they got nothing to say. Speaks volumes about their character, and how really insignificant they are.

Anonymous said...

To the FU Suitor guy;

I agree with you, there was no comparison in the two plays Suitor was comparing. Suitor was totally out of line there.

SWC

Anonymous said...

Way to go Tyler Crapigna! The criticism you got two weeks ago was over the top and undeserved! Hang in there.

Anonymous said...

Homer,
Clearly the Riders center moved the ball, end of subject.

Anonymous said...

There's that troll comment again from an Anoymous poster. Without a name your comment is null and void. Did you maybe think that most people hate going on line that late in the evening.
To me that game proved nothing. it was a trap game for the Tiger Cats. If and when SK can put together a desisive win I might start to changi my mind. Until then this is a team with all playoff pressure removed and each playing for their job. It still looks like a mess to me.
The game the night before watching the Rams beat The Dino's seemed to be much more entertaining.



Spock logic

Anonymous said...

Great game, fun to listen to, Doubles was rockin out there. No complaining from me, that was riders football to be proud of, way to go guys.

Anonymous said...

I give Jarious Jackson the game ball. His great little package to get Gale in FG range won the game. Gale is a train wreck and his drop off in talent from Durant is jaw dropping.

As for coming together, it's too little too late this year. But for two weeks in a row we've left Mosaic feeling good.

Evan Wiome said...

I'm still keeping the champagne on ice. The Riders played well on Saturday night, but there is still a lot of improvement needed before this team is a contender. The DL, OL and Canadian content overall need to improve. Resigning DD, but also developing his successor, is also crucial.

This last part I just can't leave alone. If you are going to troll the trolls, you can't do it anonymously. That is the height of hypocrisy. If you have something to say, be a man and put your name to it. Otherwise its as useless as bathroom graffiti.

steve said...

WOW tonnes of empty seats AGAIN at mosaic stadium for the game.I know i know i know you will say the announced crowd was 30,000 plus and all those seats were sold prior to the season started when they really thought they had a chance this year,BUT so called best fans would show up in the rain,snow, and or sunshine just like your green is the colour song states,truth be told the your not the greatest as you only show up when they win which will be a long long time.

Anonymous said...

Another nice win by the riders wasnt pretty but lots of positives in this game,any word on Darian and his injury?keep up the winning boys 2 weeks ago i put up 2 dollars on the riders to win the cup at 501-1 odds so 1002 bucks my way if they complete the miraculous comeback GO RIDERS.

polkabill504 said...

After 13 games, there may be promise for 2017. A gutsy performance with great clock management at the end for sure. With the receivers Edwards, Holly and Roosevelt and Darian throwing it, a better offensive line next year, a running back and the offense looks great. GRG the rest of the way and what happens,,,, will happen.. Polkabill from the Peg

Morgan said...

Another devastating loss for those oskee wee wee's!!! Sask football god Kent Austin and his cats got sent back to steel town with their tails between their legs!!!

Heptiro said...

So everyone is happy? I am not. What kind of crap is that measurement leaving it third and a sixteenth of an inch for a 1st down? Hold the pole straight it is a first. Has anyone ever seen such a stupid football call? The Ref should have asked the pole holder to move the stick upright and straight.
As for the moving the ball penalty again what a stupid call. The snapper has to position the ball to snap it. Nobody was draw offside nor would any team think that is a snap. Jeez how did the CFL plummet into such stupidity? Want to kill the CFL? Just let the Ref's call dumb unknown rules and continue to call irrelevant pass interference or illegal contact on players who are not even close to being in the play.

Anonymous said...

I agree about Suitor, he was stirring up trouble trying to get a penalty called on Riders for the tilt. Sometimes I think the use their commentating power to try and sway games. Pretty good game though. I am approaching each game as a team trying to get better. I find I can enjoy the game more if I remind myself it is a rebuild year and they are not going to get every play right but are constantly improving. Kudos to the fans who were there in cool, drizzly conditions.

Lyle Pederson said...

You are watching a 'team' develop before your eyes. I have been looking for talent to show. Liked Collins and of course Roosevelt. Neither played last nite and nary a mention. Then saw Hollins. Now Edwards. Will be a deadly receiving core ... count on it. Cox and Gainey on D. Fun to watch. BTW ... to the Jones 'judgers'. Run the tape and watch the 'character' of Kent Austin on the sideline. Then watch Jones. (both damn good coaches but one treated like a saint)

Anonymous said...

Suiter must go out of his way not to show Rider bias. Lost count at 7 times we were told Cats were missing three receivers. And finally an actual display of all three showing pictures and stats. Never heard Riders missing top two receivers. OK to inform who is missing but more important is the 'current' injuries as they happen. Their spotter should watch player changes ... that's new news.

Anonymous said...

Man it took a Lot of you Dudes a long time to figure out Glen Suitor. Suitor will rip the Riders apart as often as he can.He has a Hate for them for some unknown reason and it looks to me that he is trying to get even for something that happened years ago when he played with the Riders.I just wish TSN would dump him for his unbiased remarks toward the Riders all the time.

Anonymous said...

Lololololololol! Maybe you better start a GO FUND ME campaign for your Coach and GM's HEFTY fine for assaulting an official. What a bunch of MAROONS! Eat that raw. Duh!

Anonymous said...

Like

w said...

Those offended by a tv entertainment personality really, really do need some life balance.

Anonymous said...

Great Win!! Seems that the Dark Cloud thats been hovering over the Franchise the last couple of years is finally starting to lift.As frustrated as I've been with both the Teams performance and Chris Jones, I am starting to see what his Master Plan is, and its nice to start to see it come together.

Here is to many more wins to come!

Vito in YQR.

Anonymous said...

Gale is the future ( next year)

Dan said...

Wondering of Austin will be fined by the league for the contact on the sideline official.

In Austins immature matter he had brushed the arm of the line judge as he aggressively walked toward him complaining about the penalty the Tiger-Cats received after there center forwarded the ball on second and short yardage.

If there is any question of his aggressive manner than watch the replay of the game and see it for yourself.

Mr commissioner if your are as great as you think you are by running the league by the rules than do the proper thing and fine Austin, as you are a person who likes to to set presidence.

Do not watch the replay with your eyes closed as you have done in the past and show what you are made of, or will you have blind eyes???

Fans from the stand only new that the Ti-Cats received a bench penalty for objectionable conduct but it was Austins rage that caused him to brush his arm against the sideline official which caused a penalty. It was played twice over by TSN .Once Austins arm brushed the official the flag was thrown.

I guess if this is ignored by the league office than it is open season on officials in the CFL.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

I think Suitor took flack, in the past, for being biased for Sask. Now, he is flipping it and going totally against the Riders. Makes him APPEAR, fairer!
Patrick

Anonymous said...

It could be possible that Mr. Suitor's nose could still be out of joint for not receiving due consideration for a job with Rider management when they cleaned house after the 2015 season....

3RD and 1 said...

Gale is an ok back up QB. However I do not see a future starting all star QB. If Darian isn't back this team will be in an even deeper hole than they were this year.
The Stampeders have shown how it's done. You find that 23 year old player that hasn't been picked up any bad habits when playing the game. Now if Bo could keep his lips shut away from the field, he would be much more respected.

Anonymous said...

IPORTANT MSG ALERT!

Hamilton Tiger Cats in the 2016 CFL play-offs!
Saskatchewan Roughriders... not.

Anonymous said...

I can remember when Suitor was #27 for the Riders. He cost us a chance to advance to the Grey Cup game so why would you worry about him?

Anonymous said...

R U sure about that?

Anonymous said...

Important message
Riders win 2013 grey cup, Hamilton not
Bahahahahahaha


Henry

eman said...

He's not 23, he's 28 and he's on the roster. He's playing great as a receiver, but he's an even better QB. His name is Armanti Edwards. Try it, you'll like it!

Anonymous said...

To all you rider fans that feel you still will make play-offs may as well give it up...Eskies win 2 out of there 5 games and you are eliminated from the picture and that would still mean you need to win the next 5...good luck with that.

Anonymous said...

^^^ These guys heading to the Rider's oriented blog to poke at the Rider's. Makes me laugh, are they so deprived of coverage on their own teams that they have to come and pick on ours. Keep up the good work Rod, I'm a daily reader and always will be!

M7A0S8T8E5R

P.S. We are still in the playoff hunt and do realize what would have to happen in order to make it. After a 3-15 year, cleaning house in the off season and picking up much needed young talent, next year the Rider's make the playoff's, maybe even a home playoff game. Looking forward to next year.

truenorthern said...

Take a look at the replay, the Hamilton centre did not move the ball 6 inches, he moved it a full ball length and the rest of the line moved up too. The centre and the guards were all offside.