Durant takes lickings from Stamps

Randy Sportak, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:17 AM ET

Darian Durant quite possibly left McMahon Stadium with a couple of tattoos.

A pair of sevens.

But they have nothing to do with luck.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback was officially sacked twice, but took more lickings than that in Saturday night's Calgary Stampeders 40-20 victory at McMahon Stadium.

Especially from Calgary defensive lineman Tom Johnson.

Johnson didn't register a sack among his three tackles, but Calgary's No. 77 corked Durant three times in Calgary's victory.

"Monumental," Johnson said of the pressure he and his teammates put on Durant. "They're in first place and the best team right now. We had something to prove.

"He's a good quarterback. He's hard to take down and reads the defence really well. When we were getting in his face and hitting him, it helps the (defensive backs) make their plays."

In the end, seemingly everybody on the Stampeders defence made a play, but most of it was because of the job the front seven did.

Juwan Simpson and Robert McCune sacked Durant, but the hits were rolling so often you'd think Casey Kasem should have been doing play-by-play on the broadcast.

"They did a good job up front of getting pressure on me. I had to get rid of a lot of balls before I wanted to," Durant said. "They have a good defence and they made a statement. They have played well all season."

Durant went into the night the far-and-away top quarterback statistically. In the end, he did have solid numbers -- 22-of-33 for 354 yards. But he tossed three interceptions to one touchdown and was held in check running, too.

Obviously Calgary's defenders wanted to send a message.

"Don't take anything away from them. They're are a great team and are that good but it did get a little tiring because we work hard, just like they do," Simpson said. "You let him sit back there, man, he can do some dangerous things. That was one thing we tried. Our d-line, they took it upon themselves to get hits on him, and I think they did a good job."

Talk about under-stating.

Those big hits and all that pressure allowed Calgary's offence the time to start making things happen.

"As a defence, we don't get many big plays, so big hits get us going," Simpson said. "It got us going, and then our offence clicked and everything got flowing."

randy.sportak@sunmedia.ca


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