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Sunday, August 27, 2017

CAPITAL FORD RECAP: ROUGHRIDERS 54 ESKIMOS 31



EDMONTON - The Saskatchewan Roughriders entered this week determined not to let their road losing streak continue.

Jovon Johnson and Kacy Rodgers each returned interceptions for touchdowns in the third quarter as the Roughriders came back from a bye week with a big 54-31 victory over the Edmonton Eskimos on Friday night.

The Roughriders (4-4) hadn't won on the road in the West Division since Sept. 7, 2014 - a span of 15 games. They hadn't won in Edmonton since August of 2013.

"It was a big focus,'' said Saskatchewan receiver Duron Carter. `"We know the stats, we see them all of the time on TV. We had to come out and play a complete game, especially on the road.

"We came out and played like this was our home.''

Kevin Glenn was 19 of 31 for 240 yards, two touchdowns and an interception for the Roughriders, who won their second straight.

Saskatchewan also scored 37 points off of turnovers.

"It was one of those games that you can't explain,'' said Riders head coach Chris Jones. "We had a blocked punt for a touchdown and Mike (Reilly) had a couple of misreads and we were fortunate to get our hands on some footballs, and that doesn't happen very often.''

Mike Reilly struggled, completing 15-of-26 passes for 160 yards and two interceptions as Edmonton (7-2) dropped its second-straight game and first at home.

"Third quarter, for sure, things just kind of snowballed,'' Reilly said. "I just made one mistake after another and I can't do that sort of stuff, obviously.

"So I'll take it as an opportunity to learn from it, get better and use it as a motivator.''

Saskatchewan struck first seven minutes in, as Naaman Roosevelt made a diving catch to reel in a seven-yard Glenn TD pass. It was just Glenn's second touchdown on the road this season.

The Roughriders added to their lead with two minutes left in the opening quarter after Willie Jefferson blocked an Eskimos punt and then scooped the ball up at the 22-yard line and took it into the end zone to give the visitors a 14-0 lead.

The Eskimos briefly woke up early in the second frame as a 33-yard Reilly pass to Brandon Zylstra led to a one-yard QB keeper. However, the convert was blocked and picked up by Carter, who went the distance for two points in Saskatchewan's favour. The Riders added a field goal to make it 19-6.

Saskatchewan added another major before halftime as Glenn completed a shovel pass under pressure to Cameron Marshall, who took it 21 yards for the TD.

Edmonton continued to be its own worst enemy in the third, as Reilly was picked off by Johnson, who ran it in for a 40-yard TD.

Then, on the Eskimos' next possession, Rodgers made another interception on Reilly, returning it 50 yards to the end zone.

Edmonton got a wonky one of its own to start the fourth as Saskatchewan fumbled a punt and Cauchy Muamba fell on it for an Esks' touchdown, with an added two-point convert.

An Eskimos lost fumble eventually led to a four-yard rushing TD by Vernon Adams Jr. Edmonton countered with a nine-yard rushing major by LaDarius Perkins and two-point convert, before Carter reeled in a 12-yard pass for a TD for Saskatchewan.

Edmonton got a late touchdown on a 20-yard pass from James Franklin to Bryant Mitchell.

The Roughriders return home to face Winnipeg next Sunday while the Eskimos travel to Calgary for the annual Labour Day Classic on Sept. 4.

Notes: Defensive end John Chick made his debut for the Esks after coming over in a trade from Hamilton. ... The crowd of 41,738 at Commonwealth Stadium was the largest in the CFL since 2014. Since 2010 there have been 11 crowds over the 40,000 mark - eight of those in Edmonton and two in Regina.

POSTGAME COMMENTS FROM CHRIS JONES

- I think it was a couple of significant plays early. The offense scored early and then when Willie blocked the kick, it became a different game. And then when we got up in the third quarter, Mike had to throw and we were just sitting back waiting for it.

- Our offensive line's pretty solid and when they play their A-game, we're pretty dangerous. When we can call plays in second-and-medium, it makes things a lot easier.

- Kacey Rodgers has come a long way. He's continued to believe in himself and believe in us and he's become a big part of our football team.

- We didn't play great. Special teams-wise we had a kick blocked, took a time count and got caught with only 11 guys out there. We certainly have a lot to work on. And when our B-group goes out on defense, they have to know what we're doing. They scored too many points off gimme's. We expect more out of our B-group.

- We gave Vernon a lot of plays that he's familiar with. He misread the pitch option there late. But he's fit in real well with our group and he's a tremendous worker. I hope he continues to work on those things because it's been very impressive.

RP
@rodpedersen

51 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow !!!! Up week I am happy happy happy !!!! That was a dominant performance on the road. Yeah!!@!
Happy byob rider fan . Yeah. Screw you eskie fans on this blog .. shouldn't have much to say mow that we are clearly better than they are .. govaway now OK we beat ubon your own turf . Govaway gawd I hate them .

Anonymous said...

Let's give Chris Jones some credit. Complete domination two weeks in a row and this was against the best QB in the league!! We look like we can challenge anybody in the CFL right now. The Labour Day Classic will be off the charts next Sunday. The two hottest teams in the league right now!! Should be a tremendous atmosphere!! GO RIDERS!

Aaron Anderson

Anonymous said...

"In Jones We Trust"

Anonymous said...

coincident that when Labatte moved to centre in place of Clark that the pass protection and run game has improved?

I think not

Anonymous said...

Chris Jones, 2017 CFL Coach of the Year

Anonymous said...

Last Rider win in Edmonton was on August 24th of 2013.

Never seen such a overwhelming win at Commonwealth.

Feels good! Go Riders!

Anonymous said...

Good game for the Riders but the reasoning for Adams' first set of downs was a real head scratcher.

Anonymous said...

Was really impressed by #93 Nick James on Jefferson's TD. He really did hustle.

Anonymous said...

MEMO to all Riders: please insure that you clean up after yourselves before you give Mike his house back!

Evan Wiome said...

BRING ON THE F---ing BOMBERS!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Round table guys chirping carter.

Pisses me off ! He is good. Shut up.

You gotta be with me, he brings it every game.

Jesse said...

Only 9 comments so far, sure fire way to tell the riders won. Negative Nancy's are at a loss for words!

Lewis Grant said...

A small point, but an important one:

It's not a PAT!!! It's a convert!!!

These writers have to stop using American terminology. This is the CANADIAN league.

Lewis Grant said...

Nice to see the win.

We probably can't count on four special teams/defensive TDs next time around. But I'll take it. It's been a while since we've been .500. And we have the second best point differential in the league.

Anonymous said...

Who cares we won

Anonymous said...

Very proud of the team tonight. I have warmed up to the idea of Duron as a Rider. Hope he is here for the next decade. Could be the best receiver in Rider history. I think this team is set up just fine for the future!

Rob in stoon

Willie said...

I Cannot remember seeing Jones cracking smiles as much as he did tonight on the sidelines. Good on him , good on this football team , now lets get at the Bombers the same way for the next 2 games and we will all be smiling. Great game Riders.

Anonymous said...

This to me was the turn around game, Great to see bridge and Adams get in there to, hope they don't trade bridge, it would be nice to see a Canadian guy on the roster. Adams and bridge behind Glen, I like it, but of course, I'm not a coach. Riders look like they are for real. Very happy and I must admit I never gave jones a chance. Still doesn't excuse him for the way he treated our former players but I guess that's long gone now, this looks like a team to be reckoned with , and only 1 1/2 years into rebuild. That's impressive. Good job riders and rider coaching staff. And special mention to carter. Looks like he's fitting in just fine, and I love his attitude. He keeps everyone on their toes !!!!!!!!.

polkabill504 said...

What a great turnaround the past 2 weeks. Like a miracle . I don't think too many people expected us getting 95 points in our last 2 games, regardless of how the points came about. Looks like we may have a team.. at last. Congrats to where it should go. Can't wait till LDC.. 2 of the CFL's hottest teams at present.. Polkabill from the Peg..

Anonymous said...

Now thats Riders football, take whatever the opponents give. Really great entertaining football. The Riders look like a different team than 6 weeks ago, they look involved. Defense was on fire by the way....secondary and Jefferson and Nick James should get honourable mention...good hustle boys...go riders

Anonymous said...

Every game is different and this week defense helped with the points and the momentum. Next week I expect a very high score as both teams are capable. Two weeks ago I would not have given us much of a chance for Labor Day and Banjo bowl. Now I give them the edge on Sunday. Very fun game to watch and the progress is fantastic to see. If I had one worry it was putting Carter on defense at the end of the game, please don't do that too often. Happy to see Rob Bagg getting back in the mix, he deserves to be a part of the action. I've been saying it all along, Chris Jones needs a chance to show that he can lead this team and even the haters have to admit the progress is significant. Now to keep the team from getting too high and focus on the game next week.

Anonymous said...

And the regular Schmo fans that post on here are pretty silent....ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.

In their barn yet to...ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

Anonymous said...


Only 14 comments. Where are all the Jones haters this morning? Are you still giving up your tickets?

Anonymous said...

Enjoy this high now Rider fans as the Bombers will bring you crashing back down to earth over the next 2 weeks. You've caught two teams going through slumps as evidenced by the fact that you jumped out to big leads and coasted to the W's. I'm not even a Bombers fan, I just LOVE seeing Sask lose!

@mrt_man said...

ENJOYED THE GAME... POINTS REALLY DID START SNOWBALLING FOR THE RIDERS... IT WOULD BE AWESOME TO SEE THIS MOMENTUM CONTINUE AGAINST YWG.

I WANT TO LIKE CARTER... BUT HE MAKES IT QUITE CHALLENGING AT TIMES... PRETTY SURE IT IS POSSIBLE TO MAKE A PLAY WITHOUT BEING THE BIGGEST DOUCHE ON THE FIELD. NOBODY IS 100% OBVIOUSLY, BUT IF YOU ARE GONNA RUN YOUR MOUTH THAT MUCH, YOU BETTER GET THE JOB DONE... REMINDS ME OF DWIGHT ANDERSON... YOU DIDN'T WANT TO LIKE HIM, BUT YOU DIDN'T HAVE MUCH CHOICE, CUZ HE WAS MAKING SO MANY PLAYS! I'M NOT TOO SURE IF CARTER ISN'T MAKING AS MANY PLAYS OR IF HE IS JUST A BIGGER DOUCHEBAG... MAYBE THIS STRANGE IDEA OF RUNNING HIM ON DEFENSE WILL GIVE HIM LESS TIME TO WHINE.

I HAVE HAD A FEW PPL TELL ME ABOUT A TAYLOR WARMING UP HIS NACHOS COMMERCIAL THAT I AM SUPPOSED TO BE IN... NOT SURE IF IT ACTUALLY EXISTS OR IF THEY ARE JUST MESSING WITH ME, AS I STILL HAVEN'T SEEN IT.

Anonymous said...

quit

YELLING!

Anonymous said...

Duron Carter is high energy, high maintenance but he's proving he's worth it. There will be times when he is not happy with things and we'll see how mature he is then. Sometimes you have to go through adversity in order to appreciate what you have and how quickly it can be taken away. Maybe things have come a bit too easy for him but he will learn as a person and a player as he matures.

Western Manitoba Riders said...

OK, so I will be the Negative Ned or at least somewhat. As much as this was an impressive outing, winning on the road in a place where wins have been scarce, and there being a number of noteworthy individual efforts with multiple special teams TD's, it was one game. The team is still in the basement of the West, but have played very well against two good Western opponents these past two weeks, and have climbed back to .500. Rome was not built in a day so patience was and is needed. However, while sports is all about results, one can still have some class and be accountable for errors such as having no bona fide starting QB in the wings when Durant was not re-signed and traded. Things are looking up though but I would not be planning a Grey Cup parade just yet. Barring another team tanking, they still probably will not make the playoffs in the West or take the cross over into the East. But, yes it is a time to feel better about this team.

Anonymous said...

Carter is fitting in just fine, giving the game ball to that young girl who was sick last month and shaking hands and high fiving young rider fans at beginning of the game, really great to see the connection. Now his play on the field is awesome, receiving, returning, what a great athlete ...he should get his own brand of chips soon.

Anonymous said...

Right here buddy. I never said Id give up my tickets. I did say that its on jones to shut me up, and well, theres not much I can say after that. Still dont like him though.

Anonymous said...

Defense has been dominant the past few games and is one of the better units in the league now that the defensive backs have rounded inti form. Turning into the kind of unit that can keep the team in games even if the offense is struggling. Limited sample size obviously, but Adams looks like he could be a good addition. Nice to see the talent on the field jelling. Was a matter of time...good for Chris Jones. People need to be more patient.

Anonymous said...

SPEAKING OF RUNNING OFF AT THE MOUTH! please turn down the volume

Anonymous said...

Poor John Chick. He must be wondering if someone pranked him!

Anonymous said...

Are you a GM? Think you know who will be there in the playoffs or grey cup? It is August. Wally won the grey cup after a 1-8 start a few years ago. Its wide open. Riders only a few games back from first. Nobody plans grey cup parades until the grey cup.
Bart

@mrt_man said...

THIS JUST IN... RIDERS EXPECTED TO PRACTICE AWAY FROM THE STADIUM FOR THE REST OF THE SEASON

Anonymous said...

Guns n Roses should be epic to celebrate that Riders win last night!

Anonymous said...

And the Sliders are still in LAST place lol

Anonymous said...

Two in a row. Let's get the Grey Cup parade started

Anonymous said...


WHY DO YOU YELL? IS IT NECESSARY TO TYPE IN CAPITAL LETTERS? WHY???? WHY!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Mike Reilly looked very Darian Durant(ish) last night! Thanks to all the Rider fans who showed up for the game! You could hear that "lets go riders" chant on TSN clear as day late in the game....and it was awesome. Thanks for letting us hang out at "your house" last night Mikey!

Anonymous said...

Won't be in last for long... enjoy why you still can. Are u the anon who said the riders will lose to all the western teams before the bc game?
Bart

Anonymous said...

If you want to see the incompetence / league ref collusion in cheating check out the argos interception return for td vs Calgary to nite .. how the heck in real time did the refs not see the receiver fall down on his own.. clean pick but nope gotta call something. . Thank goodness the command center saw what everyone else did but sucks to had to use they're challenge early .. somebody fix this Calgary is good enough they don't need help man .. in Randy I trust

Anonymous said...

Give it a rest. It's only you Inuit fans that are beaking about that.

Anonymous said...

Carter has some years and a long way to go before being considered the best Rider receiver ever. He would have to bypass Ray Elgaard, Joey Walters, Don Narcisse, Hugh Campbell, Jeff Fairholm, Rhett Dawson, just to name a few. He must be productive for a lot more games to be compared to those greats.

Lee said...

I agree with the poster that said Carter needs to pass Elgard Walters etc, problem is the guy that thinks Carter is the best has no idea who Elgard Walters etc are

Anonymous said...

He could always Google Rider receivers or just talk to some of us old people. My personal favorite is Ray Elgaard but I do have a soft spot for Joey Walters and Don Narcisse. Great players and nice guys as well.

Anonymous said...

I'm old enough that I have a soft spot for "Gluey Hughie" Campbell.

Anonymous said...

Ray Elgaard hands down best receiver ever for riders. Just loved watching him crash into the secondary while carrying a linebacker on his back!
Bart

Anonymous said...

Don't insult Mr Joey Walters, Mr Don Narcisse by putting old plug Ray Elgaard in their electric playing stratophere.

Anonymous said...

Don t forget Chris Defrance

Anonymous said...

How is carter a douche on the field ? Seriously? Shut the hell up