Green Riders upset Stamps

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 1:52 PM ET

CALGARY -- They didn,t have to worry about Andy Fantuz, who was out with a hamstring injury.

But the Calgary Stampeders forgot about his replacement, Chris Getzlaf.

The older brother of hockey star Ryan Getzlaf stole the spotlight with two touchdowns, including the winner from 65-yards out with less than two minutes left as the Saskatchewan Roughriders beat the Stamps 24-23 last night at McMahon Stadium.

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 a wide open field to give the Stamps a 20-17 lead.

Sandro DeAngelis was perfect on the season until missing his fourth attempt from 49-yards out and Weston Dressler returned the miss to midfield.

Dressler scored a go-ahead TD midway through the third quarter to put the heat on the home side.

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 quarter.

Durant looked to have his third TD pass but he was over the line of scrimmage.

Backed up for a 33-yard field goal attempt, Luca Congi's attempt hit the post and bounced out. Congi missed a 51-yarder in the third quarter as well.

For the third straight game, Dwight Anderson picked off a pass for the Stamps. And for the third straight time, the Stamps turned the interception into points.

After Anderson picked off a Durant pass around his own 20 yard line, starting quarterback Henry Burris engineered a long scoring drive that started with a deep pass to Ryan Thelwell.

Another first-down pass to Jermaine Jackson and a 24-yard run by Joffrey Reynolds put the Stamps in scoring range for a 10-yard Jon Cornish touchdown reception.

The Anderson interception was key because the Stamps would have been down 14-0 if the Riders had finished it off.

The Stamps twice got into scoring range in the second quarter but settled for Sandro DeAngelis field goals to go into halftime with the 13-10 lead.

The Riders took the ball and got their offence in high gear immediately.

Starting quarterback Durant went 4-of-4 passing for 38 yards on the scoring drive, which was capped off by a nine-yard pass to Getzlaf.

Getzlaf was only in the starting lineup because slotback Fantuz couldn't go due to a hamstring injury.

IAN.BUSBY@SUNMEDIA.CA


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