Receiver gets revenge

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:41 AM ET

REGINA -- Elijah Thurmon made his point, then started pointing.

The former Saskatchewan Roughriders receiver hauled down a 73-yard TD pass from Henry Burris on Calgary's second play of the game -- his first of two last night -- then jabbed his index finger towards former boss Danny Barrett at the Saskatchewan bench.

"I was just happy that Hank and I hooked up for the touchdown and after that my emotions just kind of took over," Thurmon said afterward in the Stampeders' jubilant locker-room.

"There's no bitterness (towards the Roughriders). I was just happy to score the touchdown and it came with the celebration."

Burris said the call was for a less heroic start, although Thurmon read the play perfectly.

"We ran one of our most basic plays there -- he was scripted to run a quick stop route there," Burris said.

"The corner just basically set, especially when I stopped my feet, the corner was reading my eyes and Thurmon did a great job of just converting it and taking it over the top.

"Once he got behind I pretty much had to laser it just to get it through that gusting wind. He did a great job of tracking it and that's what big-time players bring to the table."

The touchdown surprised the Roughriders defence, which had the benefit of a 48-km/h wind at its back to start the game.

Thurmon, who led the Roughriders in receiving yards last season, is familiar with Burris' arm strength from when the two played together in Regina in 2004.

"He has a great arm," Thurmon said.

"The wind in his face isn't a problem for him."

Thurmon finished the game with four catches for 99 yards and two TDs.

He also dropped a couple of catchable balls, a criticism during his time in Green and White.

"It definitely was a momentum swinger," said Thurmon, who also hauled down a five-yard TD grab in the fourth quarter.

"I was happy to be the guy to get us going."


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