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Saturday, October 28, 2017

CAPITAL FORD QUICK LANE RECAP: RIDERS 37 ALOUETTES 12

Arthur Ward/CFL.ca

REGINA - The Saskatchewan Roughriders didn't feel the need to roll out the welcome mat for a special guest.

With playoff implications at stake, the Riders avoided getting caught up in the emotional return of Darian Durant, who spent 11 seasons with Saskatchewan before he was traded to Montreal this past off-season.

The Riders forced two first-quarter turnovers, turned each one into a touchdown and handed the reeling Alouettes a 37-12 defeat for their 10th straight loss.

"We wanted to focus on ourselves because we knew there were a lot of distractions coming into this game,'' said linebacker Henoc Muamba, his team improving to 10-7. "If we want to go where we really want to go, there's going to be a lot of distractions along the way. This was a good dress rehearsal of where we're headed. We focused on what we needed to do.''

The Riders led 7-0 after a Trent Richardson touchdown, his first of two on the night, in the first quarter. They then intercepted Durant on the ensuing possession and eventually added to their lead.

Ed Gainey's CFL-leading 10th interception on the Montreal 35-yard line helped set up Saskatchewan's second touchdown. Kevin Glenn tossed a two-yard touchdown strike to Chad Owens to put the home team up 14-0 after the opening quarter.

The Riders led 17-6 at the half.

"You have to win the games you're supposed to win,'' Muamba said. "Regardless the records and the stats, this is still professional football. You still have to come in and compete and we feel our defence is in a good place right now.''

The Riders can finish in third place in the West Division with a win next week over the visiting Edmonton Eskimos.

The Alouettes (3-14) have already been eliminated from playoff contention.

Durant started but he didn't return after halftime with a suspected leg injury, which he said was ``fine'' after the game. Durant completed nine of 20 pass attempts for 126 yards and one interception.

Durant is one of two players in Roughriders history to throw for more than 5,000 yards. He ranks second in franchise history in passing yards and pass attempts. He ranks third in Riders history for passing touchdowns in a career. He also guided the Riders to a Grey Cup title in 2013.

The Riders paid tribute to Durant with a short pre-game video on the scoreboard.

"It was a little emotional. I can't even lie about it,'' said Durant. "I thought I would be able to just be able to tough it out, but just watching those highlights and hearing the reception from the crowd, I kind of got a little emotional. It was a great feeling and it made me realize what I meant to this province and what I meant to this organization.''

Durant is expecting the birth of his first child in January. He reiterated, though, his football career is far from over.

"I've got a lot of football left in me. You better believe it,'' he said.

Nik Lewis, on the other hand, does not. The 35-year-old told reporters that Friday's game would be his last in the CFL. He is a two-time Grey Cup champion and the league's all-time leading receptions leader. He caught three passes for 30 yards on Friday.

Trent Richardson, playing in his fourth CFL game, rushed for 127 yards and two touchdowns. Veteran receiver Chad Owens, playing in just his second game this season, caught a game-high nine passes for 114 yards and one touchdown.

"It has been a long time coming,'' said Richardson, the former NFL first-round pick.

"It's just getting back into the game, getting those legs under me. I'm having fun.''

(Canadian Press)

POSTGAME COMMENTS FROM CHRIS JONES

- We played all three QBs to build depth for the future and the playoffs. A lot of reasons.

- We played good enough to win the game. These guys are still learning to win and shut the door on people. We played good football, not great.

- Trent did a nice job. Once he gets his shoulder pads turned north and south and doesn't dance in the hole, he's a tough guy to do business with. Teams don't wake up in the morning wanting to tackle a guy like that. He's a lot better now than he was three weeks ago. He's learning the quickness of the game and getting back in true football shape.

- Kevin Glenn's our starter. It's a pretty simple process. I'm comfortable with the packages we have for all three of them. We've got consistency. Kevin will start. He's a great team guy. That's why we've had the success we've had.

- Nobody's more disappointed in Bakari than Bakari. You can tell by the look on his face that's he's very disappointed in himself. It cost him 1,000 yards and he could have done it with a touchdown. We talk about ball security and that's tough to swallow. But we're human and all make mistakes. I'm sure that's one Bakari will learn from.

- You have to have a couple healthy backs. If you need to keep a drive going or keep the lead and pound the ball late in games, you need the legs to be able to do it. It was a good, solid night for Trent Richardson. He danced a few times and he's too big to be dancing. He needs to do the things he does well.

- We'd better be better defensively next week because I can assure you Mike Reilly will want to get on a roll. They're getting some receivers back and that's one of the top corps in the league. They've got stars at just about every position. We'd better bring our A-game.

- Chad Owens has played two solid games back-to-back. His foot seems to be fine. He's playing at a very high level if the last two games are any indication.

RP
@rodpedersen


54 comments:

GangGreen said...

Hey ho ... TSN is BS and has to go!!!!!

We deserve better!!!

Anonymous said...

Riders are playing like garbage in the 1st half.

Oh to be a fly on the wall in the locker room at half time when Jones tears them a new one

Anonymous said...

One of the major differences between this year and last year.

Glenn is willing to help the other QB's when he's not in. Tonight is a perfect example of last year; Durant when he's not in, just stands off to the side and has a blank stare on his face. Not exactly a team player when things don't go his way.

Riders are what you call a true team

Anonymous said...

A win is a win but sure not playoff football. Focus!!

Anonymous said...

Damn, I'm glad I didn't have to pay to go see that one. Very boring except for Chad Owens. Penalties, bad decisions everything went wrong at times and we were just lucky that it was Montreal.

Anonymous said...

Sloppy sloppy sloppy game. Two emerging bright spots though, Chad Owens, Trent Richardsen. Hope Richardson injury not too serious.

Anonymous said...

Wasn't ever a DD fan, nor a hater can't there be something in between? I thought this was kind of typical of his years here. He did have a better cast around him here for the most part.
Life goes on; likely to never see DD suit up again and that's sad, for all the years he played. Wish nothing but the best for DD, alwYs a class act in YQR.

Anonymous said...

Bakari, Bakari, Bakari. Very Disappointing. Good thing it wasn't costly in the end, unless it means some bonus money for you. Until it is on the board, no celebrating guys.

Anonymous said...

Wow soooo many empty seats as shown on tv especially for the return of a riders idol in darian Durant one would think it be full with so called great fans so much for that theory to many excuses why they didn't show up .

Anonymous said...

So riders fans with the riders in control of who they play in round 1 of the playoffs do you prefer to go east or stay in the west what are your thoughts?

Anonymous said...

What all fans hoped for last year has come to fruition this year. Chris Jones and associates have built a contending team and TEAM is the key word here. With the start the Riders had I never thought I would be making the statement that I just did.Give credit where credit is due. Wouldn't want to play the Riders in the Playoffs, no matter which division they are in. We are back to respectability..GO RIDERS GO

Anonymous said...

"Riders are playing like garbage in the first half". Isn't that a bit of a stretch? They made a few mistakes but all teams do. Get off their backs and just let them do what they are doing best in recent weeks JUST WIN. Nough said.
Where are all the complainers about Jones who said we would be terrable, win no games, Jones should be fired, we have no QBs, on and on. Do you still want him fired?

Anonymous said...

That was an ugly game. Riders made so many mistakes they should hold their heads down in shame, especially Grant.

Montreal was that bad that the Riders still won by 25 points. Talk about ball drops...wow!
Bart

Anonymous said...

TSNs coverage was a joke. Having overlapping games, then the viewers not knowing what channel or when the rider game starts. Then there is Rod Black whenever he does the play by play. That guys is so amateur he should be doing telethons. Then how about the BS visitors to the play by play booth that no one cares about and goes on and on. TSN looks like local public tv.

Anonymous said...

Richardson is a beast and when he continues to get better and bust through holes like he means it, he will be hard to take down and guys will shy away from tackling him.

Anonymous said...

Looks like the troll Cal Gary or Horsie or whatever he calls himself has struck again on this site commenting on the attendance at the game. By the way Horses a##, there are many people there not in their seats when and watching from the concourses. Plus a 7:30 pm start with most people having to drive a few hours means hard to get to this game. So buzz off with your 3/4 full at every game dump of a stadium in Calgary

Clarkenstein said...

What "I" meant to this team and what "I" meant to this organization.
Okay Darian if you say so.
And Bakari Grant!!! That kind of BS doesn't go well in these parts. Looking at yourself on the scoreboard instead of MAKING SURE of the score then handing the football to the referee. If you sat the rest of the year and let Owens take your spot I'd be happy.

Anonymous said...

The schedule makers should be fired. Find solutions to the late October late start games. The empty seats in good weather for a meaningful game in the stadium with the best fans prove that it's a no go time slot. That the best fans cannot fill this time slot says more about the stupidity of not changing it than anything else.

william weppler said...

To those complainers about TSN and what station the game was on...took me about 30 seconds to find it...it's called the remote control for your TV. What next!

Anonymous said...

People, where were we after 6 games earlier this season? In massive trouble at 2-4, after being demolished by Calgary and BC on the road. Fast forward and we are now 10 and 7, which means 8-3 in our last 11 games. We have secured a playoff spot and whoever we play on the road, we go in as an underdog. Exactly what Chris Jones and our team thrive off of. We won the game last night by 25 points. Who cares who we played. When you win a pro football game by that many points you are doing something right. So it was perfect, WHO CARES!!! We are in the playoffs after having the first third of the season look like 2016 all over again. I am a very satisfied Rider fan this morning and proud of our TEAM. We have depth everywhere now, except for maybe DT and DB right now. That is what the off season is for!! Go Riders!

Aaron Anderson

Anonymous said...

Bakari out and Owens in next week please coach Jones.

Scott Thompson said...

Very undisciplined game. Thank goodness we played Montreal because we wouldn’t have got away with it playing anyone else. That being said still a win. I don’t know how you will keep Chad Owens off the roster when Naaman comes back. Trent Richardson is rounding into form. Despite the ugliness of it all “We’re really Rollin’”

Anonymous said...

Houston we have a problem!

Riders field goal kicker Tyler Crapigna -

Missing wide.
Inacurate hit to the goal post uprights.
Iffy gamble beyond the 30 yard mark, weak leg.
Critical playoff game winning points a big question mark.
He can cost a big game.
Anyone else notice anything to his game throughout the regular season.?


Anonymous said...

Trent Richardson is the type of strong running back that reminds me somewhat of George Reed. Trent could benefit from watching film of Reed regarding Chris Jone's point about power running and not dancing.

Anonymous said...

You know what I .ca t believe we bitch and moan about how our stadium sucks and how our Riders are so bad. We get a state of the art facility and a Rider team that is right in the thick of things and the place is half empty. I'm a Rider season ticket holder for 20 years so no I'm not no Stamps troll. What more do us fans want? Oh was it too cold or what's the excuse? I would love a Rider home game would be nothing better but I'm not sure it would even full by the looks of the last 3 home games. I love this Rider team get out and support them please.

Anonymous said...

To anon #12;

YES

Anonymous said...

Great to see 30,000 fans approve of Durant tenure with the riders, that just goes to show the paltry few who chose to bad mouth Durant on this blog , need not be listened to, they are just the usual haters out to slam anything good that comes out of riderville, not true fans of our players.

Anonymous said...

Can.t wait to go back to Calgary and kick their as...s

Anonymous said...

30,300 in Attendance. That is 3 times what Toronto get in one game, so what the hell are you chirping about.

Anonymous said...

Richarson and Owens both looked real good. Jones is a very good returner.

Anonymous said...

If you are complaining about Rod Black last night, you must have been watching figure skating then. Chris Cuthbert was doing the game. Who are these people who complain and dont have their facts straight? What a joke!

Anonymous said...

Durant out with a mystery leg injury but I don't recall seeing anything that actually happened to his leg. Apparently the football gods were not helping him. Typical team guy that he is a changed in the street clothes and stood nowhere near the Young quarterback or offense of coordinator. But heaven forbid we say anything bad about Durant because all the Jones haters out there would take such offense to that.
Personally I could not be more ecstatic to see him suffer the way he has this season it just shows exactly how accurate Chris Jones evaluation of him was.

Anonymous said...

They better figure out who there starting qb is real soon because in play-offs the two headed beast is a lot easier to slay.

Anonymous said...

That player entrance was insane !!!
Wow riders I was sooo pumped my heart was pounding.

U like the new pats video it's awful. Makes me sleepy before the game. No disrespect but I miss the kid skating on wascana video. That made me pumped too. But this new one at pats games is awful.

Anonymous said...

Durant will be a lion next year , Wally’s gonna do it , for a discount price.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to the President/Roughrider Board for the classy acknowledgment of Darian Durant's tenure with the team. I have harboured so much anger towards the Coach and Organization for the last year and one-half and it feels good to now let it go and perhaps just cheer the team on as I have done for the last 37 years and maybe even fly that Roughrider flag again which I took down after Durant trade. Thank you.

Paul K said...

Listened to Gary Etcheverry's comments on CKRM before the game. Always interesting, described Montreal as the most complete organization failure he has seen. Said is started with fundamental misevaluation of Durant. Kavis Reed the only guy willing to pay franchise/guaranteed money. I have always been a big DD fan, thought maybe he could resurface here as a #2/3 backup. But he didn't do himself any favours last night, and he and Jones have too much history. Best of luck Doubles. We got away with an undisciplined game against a team in total disarray, so don't read too much into it. We are building depth. I like our chances.

Anonymous said...

The two headed beast is far, far harder to slay!!! Watch one head and the other will bite you. What Jones is doing is PERFECT. Other teams have to be prepared for both QBs. Glenn is starting so there is nothing to figure out. Did you just wake and not hear what Jones said?

Anonymous said...

Anon said. "Durant out with a mystery leg injury but I don't recall seeing anything that actually happened to his leg."

That means you didn't watch the game, so why are you posting?

Anonymous said...

Always positive comments Aaron. Yes indeed, the Riders are on their way to the playoffs while looking strong. Now looking forward to next week's match with Edmonton and the question of which direction we go, whether it's East or West. I don't think the Riders are too concerned either way since they've shown they can beat anyone in the league these days.

Rob Christoffel

Anonymous said...

Geeeze man. He was just a football player, nothing more. Talk about an over reaction.

Anonymous said...

Hope they keeping Quinn Van Glyswyk warmed up and ready to play at a moments notice. He's a steady, reliable, strong kicker.

Anonymous said...

Dumb question

But with edm winning.today. if we win next week and winnipeg lose is there any chance we finish 2nd???

Anonymous said...

If you actually watched the play, Durant's knee was hyper extended. Very painful.

Anonymous said...

You watch what happens if this style of play keeps for play-offs...mark my words that you won't get past ottawa

Anonymous said...

Not very long ago trolls were on here no stop beefing about everything and anything. Most were predicting 6-12 or something of that nature. Almost all were bitching on Jones guaranteeing inevitable gloom and doom. Now the team has 10 wins and perhaps 11 by the end of next weekend. They are in the playoffs either East or West, and I don't think it matter too much. They have done well in the East and you can see the emergence of more weapons each and every week. Trent Richardson now gives them an elite back who runs hard. Just the kind of guy nobody wants to play against on those cold frozen fields. Owens gives them another weapon with obvious talent and leadership qualities. Now they have three available QB's who can each change the look when brought in. Now some of the same trolls are complaining about the saltiness of the popcorn it seems! No matter how this plays out this season is an unmitigated success. This might be a year where it could be said that anything can happen...

3RD and 1 said...

Since just about everything has been said. Please allow me to bring up 2 things to discuss here in the land of all the is awesome and Rider football. Plus I will make 1 comment labelled as #3
1) Lets discuss in a positive fashion why there seems to be a disconnect between Rob Bag and both Rider QB’s. I’m a Rob Bag fan yet his positioning on the field for the most part seems to be a few yards away from where the QBs are putting the ball. Why do you think this is happening? I’m not sure myself.
2) With the unfortunate injury situation for Bomber fans. IE QB Matt Nichols has something really wrong with his left lower leg. Pulled up lame without anyone touching him. All Star RB and Canadian Andrew Harris out with a wicked Helmet to Helmet concussion. The worst ever smack for Harris. Also Winnipeg’s Defensive backfield injuries are reaking havoc. The Bombers Defence is giving up over 500 combined yards a game. So with all of that Drama happening for the Bombers. Would you not rather go into Hostile Winnipeg and take the semi final away from them. I know I’d rather see the Riders go to Winnipeg then Ottawa.
3) 90 percent of the disparaging Anonymous comments on here are made from one Calgary fan neither several nick names on the 3 Down Nation site. He is by far the most OCD Rider hater in the history of social media. He goes by White Horse or Cal Gary or any other name related to Calgary or the stamps. Because he stuck with white horse in Red for so long. A majority of us refer to him as Donkey.
Trust me when I say the last thing he wants is for the Riders to head into Calgary for the Western final.
Thoughrs anyone?

Jason Fleury said...

Winnipeg has 11 wins, we have 10, best we can do is tie their record but they beat us 2 games to 1 this year so they would stay in second place.

Anonymous said...

No chance Saskatchewan finish second...Winnipeg has the season series against you just as they do against Edmonton

Anonymous said...

The two teams Sask would have to play in the east have beat the riders as the riders have beat them also so I guess they have done good in the west...please start looking at things as they are. Ottawa and Toronto are 1 and 1 right now. The East way is not the easiest way and the proof I have is because in CFL history there has never been a west final but think what you want through the green glasses

Anonymous said...

Richardson has had one 100 yard game against the weakest d in the league...good for him but this game does not make him elite.

Anonymous said...

No...season series belongs to Winnipeg, it's 3rd in the west or crossover.

Anonymous said...

No chance. Can't do better than tie with Winnipeg and they won the season series. The best the Riders could do is third.

Anonymous said...

The stupidity lays at the doorstep of Riderville who claim to be the best football sports fans in the world. News flash! Rider fans are fake news. Empty seats in the first year of new stadium existence reflective of a bogus fan base full of themselves. They are who they portray themselves to be. Riderville = fake news!