Saskatchewan Roughriders rally to reach West final

Taj Smith of the Roughriders pulls down a difficult reception behind Dante Marsh of the Lions on...

Taj Smith of the Roughriders pulls down a difficult reception behind Dante Marsh of the Lions on Sunday in Regina. (Reuters)

Kirk Penton, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:18 PM ET

REGINA - The Saskatchewan Roughriders are one step closer to playing in their own Grey Cup.

 

The Riders got run over by the B.C. Lions ground game, but they made some big plays when they needed to the most and pulled out a 29-25 victory on Sunday afternoon in the West Division semifinal at chilly Mosaic Field.

The Riders will travel to Calgary and take on the Stampeders next Sunday in the West final. The winner will represent the West in the Grey Cup on Nov. 24 at Mosaic.

The Lions ran all over the Riders for the first three quarters and took a 25-16 edge into the fourth, but the Riders stuck with the run game and got some timely runs up the middle from quarterback Darian Durant, who had 97 rushing yards, to pull out the victory in front of 30,942 chilled spectators.

The Lions and Riders both gave up 94 rushing yards per game this season, but B.C. didn’t seem to care about that. They had 172 yards on the ground at the end of the third quarter alone in cond


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