Quarter-by-quarter

WES GILBERTSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 1:16 PM ET

First quarter

It wasn't always pretty, but the Stampeders' struggling offence finally strung together a few first downs on their opening offensive possession against the Roughriders.

Starting deep inside their own territory, the Red & White moved the chains for the first time on a pass interference penalty against the Riders, then continued their march with first-down strikes to receivers Jeremaine Copeland, Nik Lewis and Teyo Johnson and a rumble by running back Joffrey Reynolds.

Alas, the drive fizzled on the Riders' five-yard line, and the Stamps settled for a chip shot off the trusty right foot of kicker Sandro DeAngelis to grab a 3-0 lead.

Thanks to a couple of daring dashes by fleet-footed starting pivot Darian Durant, the Riders moved into Stamps' territory on the following drive, but Saskatchewan's Luca Congi was wide right on a 49-yard field goal attempt. The Stamps surrendered a single, making the score 3-1.

The opening quarter ended with a bang, with Reynolds spotting a hole and breaking loose for a 38-yard touchdown run that gave the hosts a 10-1 lead.

Second quarter

The Riders didn't wait long to put up seven points of their own.

On the ensuing kickoff, returner Jason Armstead knifed his way between a couple would-be tacklers and crossed midfield before being brought to the turf. The visitors moved into prime position with a hookup between Durant and receiver Chris Getzlaf, then fullback Chris Szarka capped the drive by bulldogging his way into the endzone from six yards out.

The Stamps' next offensive drive was nothing to write home about, but Burke Dales pinned the Riders on their own three-yard line with a picture-perfect punt and, after a two-and-out, Congi conceded a safety to make it a 12-8 ballgame.

The hosts wanted a bigger lead than that. Burris spied Copeland in the endzone and Riders defensive back Eddie Davis was fingered for a pass interference call so obvious that three referees tossed their flags. The ball was moved to the three-yard line and Reynolds took over from there, scoring his second major of the afternoon to give his squad a 19-8 lead.

The 11-point edge didn't last long as Szarka plunged in from the one.

After Dales registered a 67-yard single, Congi nailed a 15-yard field goal.

Third quarter

Burris scrambled around the backfield and eluded a pack of four Riders defenders -- thanks in part to a huge block by left tackle Ben Archibald -- before passing the pigskin to Reynolds for a 31-yard gain.

Archibald made another big contribution again four plays later, recovering a Burris fumble and setting up a 30-yard field goal by DeAngelis that put the homeside ahead 23-18.

Fourth quarter

After scoring another punt single just 28 seconds into the final quarter, Durant engineered an impressive drive.

Durant hooked up with Clermont, Andy Fantuz and Johnny Quinn, and churned up some more yardage on a quarterback keeper, while Szarka kept the 73-yard march alive with a workmanlike carry on third-and-inches.

The drive stalled in enemy territory, though, and the Riders sent Congi out for a 29-yarder that trimmed the lead to 23-22.

Burris spread passes between his most reliable targets -- Copeland, Lewis and Romby Bryant -- and Reynolds cashed it in from four yards out to give the hosts a 30-22 lead.

Durant didn't even flinch. The fleet-footed quarterback guided the Riders right back into scoring position and capped the crusade with a 25-yard touchdown pass to Fantuz. Gang Green tied the game with a two-point conversion, a nifty pass to slotback Rob Bagg.

Overtime

What did you expect? More scoring, of course. Not to mention a couple costly penalties.

Roughriders defensive end John Chick was nailed with a unnecessary roughness penalty to preserve the Stamps' opening drive of overtime, and Burris found little-used fullback Rob Cote to put the hosts ahead by a major.

But after Stamps linebacker Dwaine Carpenter was fingered for a delay of game penalty, turning a third-and-five into a first down, Szarka waltzed in from the one-yard line to tie the game.

Tearrius George blocked Congi's convert, but the Stamps were called for pyramiding -- using a teammate to elevate yourself -- and Saskatchewan's kicker made no mistake on his second attempt.

The Riders had the first go on the second set of possessions and didn't wait nearly as long to put points on the board. Durant found Getzlaf for a 35-yard score to give the guys in green the lead -- momentarily.

With the entire stadium on their feet, Burris hooked up with wideout Brett Ralph for a five-yard major and DeAngelis aced the convert to cap a thrilling 44-44 tie.


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