Video review given thumbs down

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:28 AM ET

The Calgary Stampeders committed multiple mistakes yesterday in losing the CFL West semifinal.

But the team was adamant afterward it was hindered by a video review ruling in favour of the Saskatchewan Roughriders that was a crucial difference in the game.

With the Stamps leading 21-20 late in the third quarter and scrimmaging third and one at Saskatchewan's 23, Henry Burris gained a first down on a quarterback sneak.

While the pile of players pushed forward and Burris fell to the turf, he lost control of the ball, which was recovered by Roughriders lineman Scott Schultz.

Stampeders head coach Tom Higgins challenged the ruling on the field.

After viewing video replays, head referee Ken Lazaruk did not overturn the original call.

"We were just starting to get into a rhythm and then the fumble on the sneak," Burris lamented.

"(Schultz) had a his hands on the ball, too, but the tie goes to the offensive player.

"Then as soon as I hit the ground, they said, 'OK, play's over,' so I let go of the ball.

"All of a sudden, Schultz has the ball and they gave it to them."

The Stampeders won an earlier review on an Elijah Thurmon fumble that led to a two-yard Burris touchdown run.

"I saw that he was down, I saw the whistle blow and I saw his progress stopped," Higgins said of Burris' fumble.

"But by having the challenge, (the referee) said there was not enough evidence to overturn the call. That's the way it goes.

"At least we were able to throw the other flag and challenge the other call which was overturned in our favour. But, again, it's whatever the referee sees."


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