Roughriders down Stampeders
By Ian Busby, QMI Agency
|Running back Jock Sanders and the Saskatchewan Roughriders get the best of Charleston Hughes and the Calgary Stampeders during Sunday's CFL game at Mosaic Stadium in Regina. Photo by David Stobbe/Reuters
REGINA — The Saskatchewan Roughriders weren’t about to attend a sequel to the ‘Amazing Comeback.’
After gassing a 17-point lead in the fourth quarter of a Week 4 CFL loss in Calgary, the Riders were seeing the same thing play out again at home Sunday.
This time, with the help of the sellout home crowd, the Riders defence held on for a 30-25 victory, despite some tense moments at the end.
The loss drops the Stamps to 7-5 on the season and ends their four-game win streak.
With the win, the Riders (6-6) move into third place in the West Division and away from the Edmonton Eskimos (5-7).
The Stamps can rebound Friday against the Eskimos at home, but now the health of quarterback Kevin Glenn is a question mark.
Glenn was drilled by a pack of Riders defenders while trying to put together the game-winning drive.
The Riders went into the final frame with a two-touchdown lead due to a quick swing in momentum during the third quarter. Joe Lobendahn picked off Glenn to set up a Weston Dressler TD strike from Durant. Then, Tristan Jackson ran back a punt 32 yards to set up another Durant TD strike, this time to Taj Smith.
But that’s when the Stamps roared back.
After a missed field goal from 45 yards out, Rene Paredes hit from 44 and then Glenn engineered a long drive and hit Marquay McDaniel with a seven-yard TD pass and Romby Bryant on the two-point conversion to cut the lead to just three.
It was McDaniel’s second TD of the game, but it wouldn’t have been possible if not for Glenn hitting Nik Lewis over the middle on third-and-8 at midfield to keep the drive alive.
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