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Saturday, October 21, 2017

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CALGARY - Duron Carter would have liked a sack, but the Saskatchewan Roughriders wide receiver was otherwise satisfied with his night at defensive back.

Saskatchewan's top receiver with eight touchdowns added a defensive one Friday, returning an interception in a 30-7 win over the Calgary Stampeders.

"I'm supposed to be putting touchdowns on the board no matter where I'm at and that's why I play,'' Carter said.

Saskatchewan (9-7) earned a playoff spot and won at McMahon Stadium for the first time since 2009.

The Roughriders get at least a crossover post-season berth in the East Division, but with two games remaining in the regular season they're still chasing the Edmonton Eskimos (9-6) in the West.

Saskatchewan last made the playoffs in 2014.

The Riders also halted Calgary's lengthy streaks for consecutive wins (11), wins at home (17) and wins against West Division opponents (16).

Calgary (13-2-1) already had a home playoff berth sewn up, but wanted to clinch the division Friday.

"We're not going to freak out,'' Stampeder quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell said. "It's one loss.

"We understand right now this is the time we have to get better. Going into the playoffs, it's not the time to go the other way.''

Carter, a six-foot-five, 205-pound Ohio State alum, was pressed into starting at cornerback because of injuries and illness.

Roughrider head coach Chris Jones had predicted Carter would play both sides of the ball in Calgary, but he didn't. The offence didn't require Carter's services, the coach said.

"It was a situation where we were moving the football effectively doing what we were doing,'' Jones said.

Running back Christion Jones scored on a punt return with third-string quarterback Vernon Adams rushing for a major and a two-point convert for the visitors. Tyler Crapigna kicked field goals from 26 and 13 yards.

Calgary kicker Rene Paredes was good from 26 and 48 yards in front of an announced 27,316.

Saskatchewan quarterback Kevin Glenn was replaced by Brandon Bridge before the end of the first quarter after completing one of three passes for 19 yards. Bridge went 10-for-19 for 133 yards and was intercepted twice.

"We were having a hard time getting anything generated so we just went with Brandon early,'' Jones said.

Mitchell completed 14 of 27 passes for 136 yards and was picked off twice. He was replaced after Carter's touchdown by Andrew Buckley, who made one of four pass attempts for four yards.

Carter recorded two tackles, including a leg takedown of star running back Jerome Messam in the first half.

"Defence allows you to sort of be you,'' Carter observed. "You're not sort of locked into your route. Sometimes at receiver you can't really affect the game. At DB, I can always affect the game.

"Bo Levi checked my side every play to see where I was at. It's fun just getting in guys' heads and playing with the defence and I get to play with my ears back.''

Mitchell and Carter engaged in Twitter banter during the week with Mitchell mock threatening to throw 25 balls to receivers Carter covered.

But Carter had the last laugh with a 37-yard pick-six just under three minutes into the fourth quarter.

"I just stayed true to my coverage and he put one in my hands,'' Carter said. "I figured no one on offence was out there ready to tackle so it was an easy touchdown.''

Stampeder head coach Dave Dickenson felt his team let themselves get distracted by the social media buzz around Carter.

"He's a player on another team. Why do we give a damn?'' Dickenson asked. "There was a bunch of people talking on Twitter and doing things that had nothing to with football and we decided that's important. That's our mistake.

"Sometimes you have a stinker,'' Dickenson said.

"Didn't see it coming tonight, really didn't, but we haven't been practising well, we haven't been practising with urgency, we haven't really, in my opinion been improving in practice.''

One of the few bright spots for Calgary was defensive back Alex Singleton's seven tackles for 114 so far this season, which set a record for a Canadian player in the CFL.

(The Canadian Press)

POSTGAME QUOTES

DURON CARTER

- Tackling Messam felt great. I wanted to come in and be physical early. I wanted to bring that to the defensive side and I felt confident.

- Oh man on that pick return I went left, I went right, I had to score. Shoutout to my guys ... they were out there blocking for me and when you play with confidence you feel like you can do anything.

- It feels like we're coming together at the right time. We let it slip last week but we wanted to get back to blowing people out and playing Roughrider fooball.

- It feels amazing. It feels like teams don't want to play us going into the playoffs. We love it. We're fighting on every play and hitting people in the mouth.

- It's great watching our two QBs. Teams want to get pressure early but then we switch it up with Bridge getting out of the pocket. It's giving defensive coordinators fits. We coulda thrown KG back in and gone back to the quick game. We're tough to defend right now.

- I just like being out on the field. I love helping my team win and anyway I can help my team win, I'll be out there.

CHRIS JONES

- We played good, three phase football. We were physical, held up against the run game well. Other than the first drive, we stopped the run. C-Jones gave us a spark and we kept grinding on offense. We did what we had to do to keep the ball away from them.

- They were getting to KG early. They ran zero the one time and KG couldn't get the ball out because no one was open. We went to the kid to move the pocket. KG can dice you up as good as anybody when you're protecting him but when you're not, you can't just leave him out there.

- Duron's a good player and I knew people would be surprised at how good he'd play. Every time he's been challenged, he's responded. Right now it's just seeing where he can be as a player like we are as a team. As you saw tonight, when we get in our gaps and play disciplined, we can be a formidable team. We're making strides in the right direction.

- We clinched a playoff spot tonight and it's good to take care of yourself. Coming to Calgary and
beating a very good team - I think the last loss here was 2015 - it's been awhile, so to come on the road with a quality win was a good thing. Now we need to shift gears, we have two games at home and we need to put on a really good show for two weeks solid.

RP
@rodpedersen


58 comments:

Anonymous said...

Opening kickoff, prediction Calgary 44 Sask 23

Anonymous said...

I'll be the first to send Glenn a one way ticket out of town.

Anonymous said...

Play of the year is pulling pick six Glenn.

Anonymous said...

RIDERS WIN!! RIDERS WIN!!

Anonymous said...

At the end of the blog it says "No Comments".
That pretty much sums it up. Riders shut up a lot of people tonight, especially what Carter did!
GO RIDERS

Anonymous said...

Give Bo credit he stirs the pot, but DC Chillin brings the flavour! Can't wait to listen to the Bo Show on the fan 960 and hear the excuses! Go Riders! And how about the Flyin Hawaiin!

Anonymous said...

The riders were lucky the defense showed up as well as special teams as the 4th place riders offence was BRUTAL,no QB and no running game = going nowhere in playoffs.

Anonymous said...

"In Jones We Trust"

Anonymous said...

Sorry, but Its time to stop being nice to the old vet. Bridge is now the starter. Kevin just cant evade pressure anymore. So many more options with Bridge. Starting Glenn is just a waste of three series now

Anonymous said...

Its amazing how much Brandon Bridge runs and throws like Colin Kaepernick! Maybe, like Kaepernick who took the 49'ers to the big show down south, perhaps Bridge can get us to the Grey Cup this year.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on making the playoffs with two games left.
Hopefully those two games can be used to fix the O-line. They won very few plays at McMahon, they can't pass-block and can't open up running lanes.
Get the hoggies playing as a unit and you'll have a contender.

Anonymous said...

Great great win in a matter of ways.I hope we get in the west playoffs as Wpg is ripe for the picking and today we planted a seed in the minds of the Stamps. Doesn't matter that we had low passing yards, low running yards but suberb Defence, great special teams, reliable kicking and we won. Calgary had oodles of undisclipined penalties. The last team anybody wants to play in the playoffs is the Riders...

Scott Thompson said...

Duron Carter shocked the world! In Jones I trust! On to the playoffs!!

Anonymous said...

Well within the realm of possibility that the Riders could meet Calgary again in the Grey Cup!

Anonymous said...

What a shocker! The weather turns colder and the Stumps shrivel up. Nice game Bo-Peep!

Anonymous said...

WOW !!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Ridiculous comment. Why would Chris Jones listen to anyone suggesting he start this guy over that guy. Jones has a system and its working. He starts Glen and the opposing team has game planned for that exact scenario. If it doesn’t work then Jones switches out.
Bridge managed and maintained the game. 10 of 19 for 144 yards is modest at best. If Glen would have had the same stats. Then guys just like you would be calling for a change. Brandon didnt throw a TD pass. Threw a bad interception and should have been picked off again. He didn’t play great but he got the job done. I’m repeating myself but if Glen had done that you’d be calling for his head. Yet you don’t mention Brandon’s INT. It’s sll part of the game and I for one am more than happy with the system that Chris Jones has in place.
The second Brandon Bridge starts to slip as a starting QB. These same SK QB simpleton fans will be calling him out as well.
Why the hell cant the minority but extremely loud uneducated QB fans just leave it be. Why do these fans always have to try to ruin things here. Doesn’t matter what QB or what is happening. The Riders are 9-7 and your calling for change. Man give you fricken head a shake.

Signed:
Pissed off (at a certain SK fan base)

willy said...

I would not change it at all regarding Quarterbacks. Start Glenn again and bring in the Reliever ( Bridge) as quick as you need to just as you have done the last 2 games. It just seems to give the rest of the team a big lift when Bridge comes in . Who knows he might not have to, but if so you know what he can do. Starting him might change the whole situation around so why change it, when you know you can bring Bridge in right away or maybe not at all.
Great display of football from the whole team. Leaving Chad Owens out to get completely healed was a great decision by the team and he sure showed up when we needed him. Carter is such an outstanding football player as it showed when he scored that miraculous touchdown .
Front runners are looking over their shoulders, and now they know the Riders are in to it for keeps. "Go Riders" !

John Knight said...

Well, I guess Carter shut big mouth Bo up. Couldn't have happened to better people. I see there are still a few deniers posting on here but I guess they are from our neighbors. No-one will be wanting Jones fired anymore because they think they are smarter than him. Jones has assembled a first class group of players.GO RIDERS

Anonymous said...

If he threw like Kaepertwit...he would be intercepted constantly...

Anonymous said...

How about a hugh shout out to Chad Owens. He hasn't played a game in over a year and he was the best receiver on the field for either team. Very motivated and you could see he injected some life into the offense. Hope Marshall's late game injury was just a cramp, as he also adds another dimension to our offense. In conclusion, what a difference a week makes. Very tough loss at home to Ottawa and then stun the Stamps at McMahon. One of the sweetest wins in a long time and the score flattered Calgary. We kicked a 12 yard field goal and went into victory formation on their 3 yard line. Could have put up 40. Go Riders!

Aaron Anderson

Anonymous said...

I thought you all figured Kevin Glenn was your saviour....hypocrites once again. Sask's special teams and defence won the game but Calgary has played crap football the last three weeks and still are, they finally were exposed for it. Sask's offence didn't really do much nor they needed to because Calgary's QB's were horrible.

Anonymous said...

If Bridge underachieved like Glenn, he would be selling vacuums like Sunseri and Doege.

Anonymous said...

Is that now two games in a row vs Calgary with no TDs against?

Anonymous said...

So happy to see the team play so well. Of course there was a ton of attention on Carter but there were many stars tonight. Owens , Gainey, Bridge, Muamba, Knox, Jones . The team played with a purpose and it showed. With ten minutes left in the game I was worried there would be a little letdown but they played the 60 minute game we've been waiting for. There are obviously things to improve on and every game brings a different challenge but the playoff feeling will start to sink in. I saw a different kind of excitement on the sidelines when the team realized they were going to win the game. Hopefully they can ride that feeling the rest of the way.

MaTT said...

Couldn’t watch the game but heard Rods call of the Carter pick six was something else where can I listen to it online?

Anonymous said...

As sure as the oline cannot pass protect, Glenn is not a threat with his legs or quick release for that matter. Why waste a quarter or more of a game on a QB giving you nothing except having to come from behind. Fortunate that Jones gave he offence a lead, otherwise it was a whole lot of 2 and outs and deer in the headlights from Glenn.

Anonymous said...

Oh rod, you get ahold of yourself lol

CB said...

Its taken me this long but after this win I'm truly a believer in this team once more. I was very impressed with the linebackers and secondary tonight. The defensive line is still a couple players away from being a strong unit but hopefully it will come together

Anonymous said...

I'm pretty confident all opponents the rest of the way will gear down and let Glenn sit comfortably in the pocket and order double doubles.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Rod Pedersen, great radio play calling, vivid! Thanx!

El@

Anonymous said...

"Roughriders Football"

we live it.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm, this crow doesn't taste like chicken

Anonymous said...

Glen brings experience and confidence to the offence and bridge that's why he's still here and starting. He helps the whole team with his leadership something Durant could never do. So all you idiots that don't have a clue calling for his head, look deeper and see the whole picture and listen to all the players comments about glen. After all it's about how the players feel about glen not you the fans.

Anonymous said...

I like Luc's color commentary on the pick six. What a play!

Anonymous said...

MaTT: http://ckrm.streamon.fm/listen-pl-2521?smc=35

Anonymous said...

Bad night for all QB's. Bridge was better but not bright. One intercept however was not his fault. I did expect more of him after his last outing. Riders great win but cannot let up even a bit at this stage. Should beat Als and give EE a good run. Actually should be able to beat them too.

Anonymous said...

I see the parade is being planned in Regina already *eye roll**

Anonymous said...

Great game Riders!! Don't be too quick to throw Glenn under the bus he is a wiley old vetran.

Looking forward to the Montreal game!!

Anonymous said...

Jones said, " We played good, three phase football."
I thought the O-line was a glaring weakness.

Anonymous said...

Was at the game. My thoughts...

1). Lots of green in the crowd. Not 50/50. Maybe 70/30.

2). Speaking of crowds. Was disappointed on the crowd there. There was no way 27000 there. I am thinking more like 20000. Calgary fans should be a little embarrassed by that. Your number one in the league playing a huge rival.

3). Speaking of the crowd...again. Never seen one incident between Rider fans and Stamps fans. Everyone seemed to be having fun and lots of harmless ribbing from both sides. I had to stand up and celebrate Carters pick six.

4). Speaking of Carters pick six. WHAT A MOMENT!! That ranks right up there with my all time Rider great plays.

5). Chad Owens looked great.

6). I used to be a fan of heading east instead of going through the Peg and Cowtown. Lasts nights game changed that for me. Can't wait for PLAYOFFS!!

T-dog

Anonymous said...

Nice to beat the Cowpokes, didn't think we could. Our offence still hasn't really succeeded enough, but thankfully the D stepped up and we had better special teams than them. If we have to go there for the West Final, their is confidence now that they are beatable and they now know it, especially Bo Knows. He looked less than moderately successful last night.

Considering all the success in Calgary over the last years, they still have the same amount of cups as us in that time frame. They probably should have 5 cups. They can only win it seems after the Riders win, 2008 and 2014 for them. Nothing short of a cup for them and the season is a disaster.

And wow, what use to be a guaranteed sellout in Calgary, now only 27,000. There is trouble with attendance in this league in many spots. Decent crowd but not what it use to be.

Anonymous said...

Great win! I was out at a bar so while I saw some of the game I definitely missed parts. Can anyone tell me how much time, if any, that Carter saw on offense?

Anonymous said...

and you are?... thought so, a nothing.

"In Jones We Trust"

Anonymous said...

This just in: Bridge claims to be ok playing behind the more experienced, yet Grey Cup-less starter Kevin Glenn for 10 more years.

GangGreen said...

When was the last time two Canadian QBs played opposite each other?

Anonymous said...

Hey Mr. "Eye-roll" above, no one else on here is talking about parades or Grey Cups - only you. Riders fans are just celebrating a good win and talking about getting ready for the playoffs

Anonymous said...

Anonymous fool predicter, real game score;
Calgary 7 Sask 30

Anonymous said...

Go to 620 CKRM - The Sportscage. On the right hand side of the page you should see it

Anonymous said...

They often say that the sun shines on a dog's butt some days! This was a trap game for the Stamps. They hadn't lost in three or four years so the law of average played out. Our starting QB wasn't any good at all. The backup was only somewhat better. The defence got us the win much like they gave us the L on the last game. The only good thing was the Riders get a playoff game, hopefully down east. They seem to win 1 point games down there. The Stamps won't likely lose again this season. To think you can go back in there and win a Western Final against a motivated Stamps team, is foolish. There are far too many fans trying to make it more than it really was. Atonement for last week!

Anonymous said...

Excuse our enthusiasm, we've been without a playoff team for awhile.

Anonymous said...

Really and stamps did what ....nothing

Anonymous said...

None so they can't say he played both ways

Anonymous said...

word has it Kavis will dump Darian and his 3 year 1.25 million dollar player contract after this season.

Word_ they should be both dumped.

Anonymous said...

The stamps are a fair weather team, I think when it gets cold they like to be indoors where it’s warm. Like the Argos.

Anonymous said...

The Riders moved the ball on offense quite well. Defense wins championships. Thinking the Stamps will easily win right through the playoffs is foolish. Winnipeg, Edmonton, and the Riders are all legit contenders. Ottawa (.500 team) dispoed of Calgary in the final last year if you recall.

Anonymous said...

LITTLE Bo Tweet meet Karma.

"The best thing about Calgary was leaving it"

Ha ha

Anonymous said...

The defense did not lose the game for us last time, when you hold the highest scoring team in the league to 5 field goals the defense did their job. The offense needed to put more points on the board, plain and simple.