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Sunday, October 23, 2016

FRIENDS OF THE RIDERS RECAP: ALOUETTES 19 RIDERS 14

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)

37 comments:

Anonymous said...

Big Crowd. Looks like about as many as the Patsies had last night.

John Knight said...

What a disgrace of a game. Couldn't cover, couldn't pass, couldn't run, couldn't tackle! Obviously a lot more improvement needs to be made

Evan Wiome said...

The offensive line and RBs were terrible in pass protection.

Defence forgot thier primary function is to tackle.

Beat by a rookie QB at home in the second last game at Taylor Field.

A total gutless team effort.

Brightside is that the Riders should have the first overall pick in 2017. Lets just hope they don't waste the entire draft like they did in 2016.

Anonymous said...

This team still needs to replace a few guys, the most important being the OC.
The Riders are at a huge disadvantage having Stephen McAdoo sending in plays.
All season long the offensive game plan absolutely stunk.

McAdoo is the chink in Chris Jones' armour.


SWC

Anonymous said...

Terrible game all around by the offence. McKnight is the only guy who played like he wants a job!

LGF said...

Looked like two last place teams fighting to be last

Anonymous said...

Kudos to fans for sticking through this one, boring first half. Where the hell was the penalty at the end of the game?

Anonymous said...

The ALS must have taught Hollins how to tackle, he sure didn't know how when he was here.
Our d forgot how to tackle and contain the q-back, crappy game all around.

Anonymous said...

More open seats than bodies in the stands today. I imagine people made the smart decision to watch yesterday's heroes playing in the alumni heritage classic instead of a battle of the basement

Anonymous said...

I left at halftime...

Anonymous said...

DEAR FRIENDS OF THE RIDERS
As usual, rrs veteran starting qb sporadic inconsistent. You would think by now he would know how get in the win column after how many years in a 9 team league. Out played by a raw rookie.

Anonymous said...

What's that saying? You're never as good as you think you are?

Anonymous said...

Beaten by a rookie q-back AGAIN.
How many does that make?
At least 2 dozen, or is it more?

w said...

They shoulda practiced under the golden dome at the Sask Leg.

Anonymous said...

Typical Al bs with the headshot to end the game.

Anonymous said...

What a brutal none call on the last play of the game. Ref standing right there too. Shake my head.

Keith Pottruff said...

Yup the player who made that list tackle should have gotten a penalty and should be fined. Easy to see be left his feet to make the hit

Anonymous said...

Sloppy sloppy sloppy on both sides of the ball. DD had a nice statistical advantage over the rookie but really stunk for 3 quarters. That stupid pass parallel to the line is a real looser too. I know !! other teams make it work, Riders can't. Since I'm ranting anyway it's nice that I don't even have to go to the fridge for a beer to miss a play. I can stay tuned in and miss them as well as calls thanks to flashbacks (not mine thank you) and prattle. And while I'm at it don't those half time clowns know you should unbutton your jacket when you are sitting down. sheesh. Getting a little carried away now, sorry!

Anonymous said...

The players let coach Jones down today. After all the faith he'd placed in them and they turn around and crap all over him.

Anonymous said...

The same problem that has plagued the Riders all season; that is Durant doesn't start to get interested in leading until the end of the third quarter most every game. He has stunk out the majority of first halves he has played this year. This is consistent as rice is white. His poor play in first halves has hurt the team all year.

They will probably sign him again but this fan has seriously begun to wonder "why".

Anonymous said...

typical rider fans media and posters - blame the refs.

there was no hit to the head or a PI
get real and stop the bs.

Crystal Dumonceaux said...

Riders still have 2 games left, Rod. Might want to fix that.

Disappointing game for sure. The hit at the end will definitely result in a fine for the Als player. Really should have been running the ball more as well. Give McKnight the ball!

Anonymous said...

These Riders looked like they were on a 4 day drunk the way they played today. Durant was PATHETIC and can be on his way as far as I'm concerned . Another year of him and his side line short passes I could not stomach. Bagg never saw the Ball until the second half. These guys were not up for this game at all and it will probably KILL the Big Celebration scheduled for the last game at Mosaic.

Anonymous said...

Like Jones said the offence has to start producing before the 10 minute mark of the fourth quarter. DD has started slow every game this year. He has been one of the biggest reasons this team hasn't done well but nobody in the media wants to talk about it or even say it is exists. This league is QB driven and when your QB doesn't seem to be driven, its a problem. I don't know if it's the lack of playing time in two years and then a system change or what. Jones identified a problem most of us have seen all season. I think he may be having to be politically and marketplace correct up until now.

Anonymous said...

Great defensive battle between the teams in horrible wet weather. Glad I was there! Love some of the dry humour from the Eskimo fan bashing Durant...time to get a life my friend.

Anonymous said...

Boo hoo. Calm down. It'll be a packed house next week if the weather isnt brutal, like it was Saturday.

Anonymous said...

You made bro?

Anonymous said...

You're blind. We've had a patchwork oline, carosele of rookie recievers and running backs, and all of them operating within a new system. If DD isn't back next year well be starting from scratch again. But you're probably right. #dariansfault.

Anonymous said...

A loss after 4 straight wins a lot of pent up hate and stupidity.

Anonymous said...

As I said before very sloppy both sides of the ball. DD's efficiency rating exceeded Adam's by quite a bit (interesting article on that by Hardy in 2011 on the CFL site) but yes he had a bunch of rookies but why does he through it into the dirt when he goes to Bagg? The O-line is not giving him much time to unload which is one thing the successful QB's in this league do get (ie Calgary) I still pull for DD and of course the Riders but I'm no expert and what I see is sad all around. Maybe as someone stated it has a lot to do with the OC.

Anonymous said...

Re-sign our franchise QB4 right now!!! (While he's on a down week) He may be upping his asking price after his next win. Git'R done!

Anonymous said...

Roughriders need Ricky Ray from the Argos, he can come in for two plus one years while contributing/mentoring on the field of play a young qb of the future much the way Lulay does with Jennings in BC. Trade Durant for some team assets before free agency.

Anonymous said...

That was pathetic. Losing to a QB in his first CFL start. Kept trying the screen pass that wouldn't work. Not running the ball enough after having a RB get 150 yards last week. A few dropped passes. And sloppy tackling.

The ones that really showed up were the roughly 10 to 12 thousand fans who sat to watch a meaningless game in cold wet conditions.

Just another disappointing game at Taylor Field/Mosaic Stadium. Way too many bad moments compared to good ones. #Mosaicmoments, NOT!!! Good Riddance to the place and here's hoping the new place has much better results and memories.

Marc said...

Don;t complain about losing to a rookie, Durant won his first 4 and was ahead in the fifth before breaking his ribs

Anonymous said...

Wow, loons are back. How quickly you forget a 4 game win streak. Now, these guys are professionals, and should show up for every game. It's kinda easy to see that this game was a perfect storm for a bit of a let down. And MTL didn't exactly shoot the lights out, and the Riders sack performance was brilliant. IT POURED all game, and these are two non playoff teams. The fact anyone scored should be a surprise. I'll give them a pass on this one, but I bet everyone shows up the rest of the way.

Anonymous said...

Marc said...
Don;t complain about losing to a rookie, Durant won his first 4 and was ahead in the fifth before breaking his ribs

I remember that too.

13th Man said...

Question: why do they not role Darian out and move the pocket so the defenders don't simply pull back their ears and forge straight ahead. Darin has never been affective at those sideline passes for little or no gain. Darin also needs to look off more often and not telegraph his play. A good QB coach would help. If we let Durant go, we can kiss another year goodbye. Each year he gets a better feel for the game. With some lineup stability and good coaching, next year should be a good year for the offense. Henry is a good example of learning to control the touch on the ball and see the field as he aged.