It was an awful end to a strange week for Sandro DeAngelis.
The first miss of the season really cost the Calgary Stampeders kicker, who is still sporting purple eyes from a fight with punter Burke Dales at practice Wednesday.
With the team up by six with two minutes left against the Saskatchewan Roughriders last night, DeAngelis' 49-yard attempt went wide left. Weston Dressler returned it 55 yards to midfield, and Darian Durant hit Chris Getzlaf on a 65-yard bomb two plays later for a 24-23 victory.
"Coach (John Hufnagel) asked if I could make it, and I said yes," said DeAngelis. "I didn't. If I make it, we're sitting here smiling. I tried to play the wind. I aimed left and the sucker didn't go right.
"I hope I get a chance to redeem myself next week."
The Riders improve to 3-2 and into a tie for first place in the West Division with the Edmonton Eskimos. The Stamps drop to 2-3.
Henry Burris put together an 85-yard drive to take the lead back midway through the fourth quarter, but the Stamps fell apart two possessions later.
On a zone read, Burris pulled the ball out of Joffrey Reynolds' hands and took it himself to wide open field to give the Stamps a 20-17 lead.
DeAngelis, who was perfect through 13 attempts this season, didn't get another chance after the Riders took the final lead because the offence stalled in two possessions.
"We can't put Sandro in that situation," said Burris, who finished 17-of-29 passing for 224 yards and a touchdown to Jon Cornish.
"We've got to convert as an offence. You can't live and die on one guy because it's a team game. One guy can't win or lose it for us all the time."
Durant went 16-of-27 for 257 yards and three touchdowns, two to Getzlaf and the other to Dressler.
The Stamps built a 13-10 halftime lead, but the Riders took it away in the third quarter. Taking a pass from Durant, Dressler spun away from Brandon Browner and hit the endzone for a 19-yard score.
The Riders missed a golden opportunity to put more points on the board in the fourth. Durant looked to have his third TD pass, but he was over the line of scrimmage.
Backed up for a 33-yard field goal, Luca Congi's attempt hit the post and bounced out. Congi missed a 51-yarder in the third quarter as well.
But it was the Stamps who didn't convert the chances when they needed to.
The Stamps twice got into scoring range in the second quarter but settled for field goals. They could have had a much bigger deficit early, but Dwight Anderson picked off Durant to kill a drive that would have put the Riders up 14-0.
The finish was reminiscent of last year at this time, when DeAngelis missed a 54-yard attempt at the gun and the Riders won 22-21.
Although the result didn't go in his favour, Hufnagel doesn't regret the decision to try the field goal instead of punting and hemming the Riders deep.
"Saskatchewan made the plays to take the lead and we had a chance to get back the lead but couldn't move the football," Hufnagel said.
"It was within Sandro's range. I thought about both situations. If we make the field goal, it made it a two-possession obstacle for them."