Roughriders snap four-game losing streak to Lions

Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback Darian Durant (R) is tackled by B.C. Lions linebacker Solomon...

Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback Darian Durant (R) is tackled by B.C. Lions linebacker Solomon Elimimian during the second half of their CFL football game in Vancouver, Oct. 4, 2013. (REUTERS/Andy Clark)

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Roughriders' Kory Sheets ran for 80 yards and two touchdowns in his return from injury to help visiting Saskatchewan snap its four-game losing streak, winning 31-17.

Darian Durant completed 21-of-31 passes for 234 yards and found slotback Weston Dressler for a touchdown for the Roughriders (9-5), who moved into a tie with the B.C. Lions for second in the West Division. Dwight Anderson, Craig Butler and Carlos Thomas recorded interceptions and Jermaine McElveen had two of the team's five sacks.

Thomas DeMarco connected with slotback Nick Moore for a touchdown and finished with 286 yards on 19-for-36 passing for the Lions (9-5), who had not lost in their previous 12 regular-season home games dating back to July 20, 2012. Slotback Shawn Gore recorded a 1-yard touchdown run following a pass interference penalty.

Saskatchewan erupted for 16 points in the second quarter against the usually staunch Lions defence, as Durant hit Dressler for a 6-yard touchdown 3:42 into the period. Anderson's interception led to the first touchdown by Sheets 7 1/2 minutes later, and Durant passed to Dressler for a two-point conversion to widen the lead.

Sheets scored his second touchdown on a 6-yard run 4:28 into the third, just 2 1/2 minutes after Gore gave B.C. some life. DeMarco made a 15-yard scoring toss to Moore with 2:13 remaining in the fourth, but it was too little, too late.


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