Rough call on Riders

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 1:15 PM ET

Henry Burris was down and out, and it seemed the Calgary Stampeders chances were gone as well.

But then a Saskatchewan Roughriders player came off the top rope to keep hope alive.

In overtime of yesterday's 44-44 tie at McMahon Stadium, Burris slipped on second-and-22.

Riders defensive end John Chick pancaked him as he tried to get up.

Chick was flagged for unnecessary roughness and a third-and-32 with 58 yards to the endzone turned into first-and-10 from 32-yard line. The Stamps would get a major to keep playing the overtime shootout.

"The Ultimate Warrior John Chick dropped the elbow on me there," Burris said. "That's his decision. He is a great guy and a great player, but that gave us life."

Chick thought Burris was still trying to make positive yardage after falling to the ground without being touched.

"On defence, you're supposed to tackle the guy that's trying to run the ball," Chick said. "He had fallen down once, tried to get up, and he was trying to do the same thing again. I'm trying to make a defensive play and make a tackle."

Roughriders coach Ken Miller didn't want to say the call was unwarranted, but he isn't about to reprimand Chick.

"Are you trying to get him in trouble?" Miller said when asked about the call. "I'm not going to criticize the officials.

"I will say in that situation the quarterback wasn't down. The defensive end wants to get there and make a play. I'm not going to be critical of our player. He was playing football and the league has taken the stance to protect quarterbacks."

IAN.BUSBY@SUNMEDIA.CA


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