CFL Game Summary - Saskatchewan at Edmonton
(Saturday, June 29th)
Final Score: Saskatchewan 39, Edmonton 18
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Darian Durant finished with 171 yards and
three touchdowns on 14-of-22 efficiency, as Saskatchewan snapped a long losing
skid in Edmonton with a 39-18 decision in the 2013 season opener for both
teams at Commonwealth Stadium.
Kory Sheets totaled 131 yards and one score on 17 carries for the Riders
(1-0), who had dropped six regular-season matchups in a row in northern
Alberta since 2009.
Chris Getzlaf picked up 67 yards and one TD on three catches, while Taj Smith
and Scott McHenry also hauled in passes for scores.
Mike Reilly was picked off three times, completing just 17-of-35 passes for
259 yards and one TD to Fred Stamps for the Eskimos (0-1), who suffered their
worst defeat to open a season since a 44-22 loss at Calgary in 2000.
Stamps ended up with a game-high 125 receiving yards on six grabs, while
Grant Shaw added a trio of field goals.
Durant's three-yard pass to Getzlaf on the opening drive of the second half
boosted the Riders to a 29-1 edge, and after Edmonton coughed up the resulting
kickoff, Durant found McHenry for a four-yard strike and 36-1 contest.
Shaw converted a 40-yard field goal, then Edmonton picked up a safety before
Chris Milo countered with a 24-yard make of his own.
Reilly hit Stamps with 6:36 to play on a 19-yard pass for a 39-12 score, then
two field goals from Shaw, the last coming inside of five seconds left in
regulation, capped the scoring.
Sheets' 19-yard scamper to paydirt put the visitors on the board early in the
opening quarter, and the Riders went up 14-0 with 1:05 to play after Durant's
13-yard connection with Smith.
Both clubs exchanged singles to start the second quarter, then Saskatchewan
went up 22-1 on the final play of the half after Reilly was picked off by
Renauld Williams, who ran 19 yards for the touchdown.
The Riders last beat the Eskimos at Commonwealth on Sept. 26, 2009, claiming a
23-20 decision ... Despite the loss, Edmonton has won 17 of its last 23 home
games vs Saskatchewan since 2000 ... Edmonton's Nate Coehoorn totaled a game-
best seven receptions for 76 yards, and Reilly added 37 yards on four carries
... Saskatchewan hosts Calgary next Friday, while Edmonton heads to Hamilton
on July 7.
06/29 19:42:13 ET
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