CFL Game Summary - British Columbia at Saskatchewan
(Saturday, October 19th)
Final Score: Saskatchewan 35, British Columbia 14
Regina, SK (SportsNetwork.com) - Kory Sheets tallied 148 yards and a touchdown
to push the Saskatchewan Roughriders to a 35-14 victory over the British
Columbia Lions in a key Western Conference bout at Mosaic Stadium.
Sheets carried the ball 25 times for Saskatchewan (11-5) as it clinched a home
playoff game and its third consecutive win. Darian Durant completed 13-of-29
pass attempts for 187 yards and a touchdown. Weston Dressler scored a major
and finished with 107 yards on three receptions.
The Lions (9-7) suffered their third consecutive setback as Thomas DeMarco
completed just 13-of-31 pass attempts for 147 yards. Although DeMarco
completed two touchdown passes, he was also picked off four times. Nick Moore
made five catches for 73 yards and a score while Shawn Gore also caught a pass
for a major. Stefan Logan paced British Columbia on the ground with 51 yards
on 11 attempts. Solomon Elimimian anchored the defence with a game-high seven
Saskatchewan got off to a slow start as it lost a pair of fumbles in the
opening five minutes. Sheets lost the ball after a 41-yard rush and Geroy
Simon fumbled in Roughrider's territory to give the visitors a short field.
DeMarco took advantage and completed an 11-yard pass to Moore for a major to
give British Columbia a 7-0 lead.
After Chris Milo put the hosts on the board with a 30-yard field goal, DeMarco
made a costly error and let the ball slip out of his hand as he was getting
ready to attempt a pass. Weldon Brown scooped up the loose ball and returned
it from mid-field to the end zone for the Roughriders' first major and lead
of the contest.
Milo added another three points with a 14-yard field goal less than a minute
into the second stanza to give the hosts a 13-3 lead. Carlos Thomas
intercepted DeMarco on BC's next possession, which set the Roughriders'
offense up with a short field. They took advantage as Durant completed a 20-
yard touchdown pass to Weston Dressler on the second play of the ensuing
BC continued to struggle offensively as it turned the ball over on its next
drive when Courtney Taylor fumbled. Craig Butler jumped on the loose ball to
return possession to the hosts. Sheets made up for his early miscue with a
one-yard run for a major that extended Saskatchewan's lead to 27-3.
DeMarco was intercepted again on BC's next drive. The Roughriders could not
capitalize, but they added a single after Milo missed a 51-yard field goal
try. Milo sent the hosts into the intermission with a 31-7 lead as he made a
15-yard field goal in the closing seconds of the first half.
The Lions' defence came up with a much needed stop early in the second half as
Lin-J Shell intercepted Durant to stop Saskatchewan's first drive of the third
quarter. DeMarco then completed a seven-yard touchdown pass to Shawn Gore a
few plays later.
After being held scoreless for the entire third quarter, Saskatchewan added a
single on a 70-yard punt by Richy Schmitt at the 11:12 mark of the fourth
Milo made a 38-yard field goal with 1:30 left in regulation to finalize the
score with the hosts ahead, 35-14.
Durant now has 30 touchdown passes on the season...Saskatchewan now leads the
all-time, regular-season series by a count of 94-83-4, dating back to
1954...The Lions had won three games in a row prior to their current losing
slide...The Roughriders were on a four-game losing slide before starting
their current winning streak...Durant also gained 33 yards on five
carries...DeMarco came into the contest with four interceptions through 12
games...Sheets now has 12 rushing touchdowns on the season...Thomas registered
a team-best four stops in addition to his interception to lead the
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