Stamps run over Riders

Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback Darian Durant is tackled by Calgary Stampeders' Eric Fraser...

Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback Darian Durant is tackled by Calgary Stampeders' Eric Fraser during the first half of their CFL football game in Regina August 25, 2012. (Fred Greenslade/REUTERS)

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:51 PM ET

REGINA - The wind was blowing hard, so Jon Cornish ran hard.

 

With 159 yards on 24 carries, Cornish ran over the Saskatchewan Roughriders while Joe West and Romby Bryant caught touchdown passes as the Stamps picked up a crucial 17-10 win in front of 33,427 fans at Mosaic Stadium.

The Stamps improve to 4-4 heading into the Labour Day Classic with Edmonton, while the Riders (3-5) have lost five straight.

The Stamps had the 65 km wind at their backs for the first quarter and they promptly drove down for West’s TD.

The 34-yard strike was the rookie’s first CFL catch as he was dressing for the first time in replacing Arjei Franklin, who is out with an ankle injury.

On their second possession, Cornish broke off a 32-yard run to set up Bryant’s first receiving TD of the season.

The Stamps defence did the rest, holding the Riders scoreless thanks to some timely turnovers.

Charleston Hughes picked off a Darian Durant pass and returned it to the 29-yard line late in the second quarter. Hughes twice stripped the ball from Durant’s hands and once it was recovered by Stampeders middle linebacker Juwan Simpson.

The Riders mounted a comeback attempt with the wind at their backs in the fourth quarter. Sandro DeAngelis kicked a 37-yard field goal after missing a 48-yarder with the win in the second quarter.

Kory Sheets then scored his seventh TD — a three-yarder — that was set up by Chris Getzlaf 30-yard reception.

That was all the Riders could muster as the last-second hail mary to Getzlaf was incomplete.

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