CFL Game Summary - Hamilton vs. Saskatchewan
(Sunday, November 24th)
Final Score: Saskatchewan 45, Hamilton 23
Regina, SK (SportsNetwork.com) - Kory Sheets racked up a Grey Cup record 197
rushing yards and scored two majors to help the Saskatchewan Roughriders
secure their fourth CFL championship with a 45-23 triumph over the Hamilton
Tiger-Cats on Sunday in the friendly confines of Mosaic Stadium.
Sheets' record-setting performance in the 101st edition of the Grey Cup sent
Saskatchewan (14-7) to its first championship since 2007 and helped the
Roughriders become to third straight squad to hoist the coveted Grey Cup in
front of their home crowd.
"It feels good to get that rushing record but it feels better to get that Grey
Cup under our belts," Sheets said.
Sheets, who finished with 20 carries, was named the game's Most Valuable
Player for his stellar effort, while wide receiver and Saskatchewan native
Chris Getzlaf was named Most Outstanding Canadian after catching three passes
for 78 yards.
Saskatchewan signal-caller Darian Durant completed 17-of-24 passes for 245
yards and three touchdowns, two of which went to Geroy Simon, who finished
with three catches for 67 yards.
Former Roughrider Henry Burris struggled under center for the Tiger-Cats
(12-9), completing just 20-of-43 passes for 272 yards with an interception
while adding an 18-yard TD run in the third quarter.
C.J. Gable registered the only other major for Hamilton, which was making its
first Grey Cup appearance since 1999.
"We didn't make enough plays, period," said Hamilton head coach Kent Austin,
who led Saskatchewan to Grey Cup wins in 1989 as the club's starting
quarterback and 2007 as the team's head coach. "We played a better football
team today. They were just better than we were."
Luca Congi connected on a 45-yard field goal on Hamilton's second series to
get the Ticats on the board, but the Roughriders ripped off 24 straight points
to seize control of the contest.
Durant nearly fumbled the ball away two plays into the ensuing Saskatchewan
sequence, but Sheets scooped up the ball and scampered 39 yards to the
After converting a 2nd-and-3 from the 26, Durant hit Simon in stride for a 15-
yard score that made it 7-3 with 6:38 left in the opening frame.
Chris Milo extended the margin with a 20-yard field goal early in the second,
and after Hamilton went two-and-out, Sheets broke free for 15 yards before
Jock Sanders scored from three yards out to push the lead to 17-3 near the
midpoint of the frame.
Following an exchange of fumbles, Durant hooked up with Getzlaf on a corner
route for 29 yards to the Hamilton 1 and Sheets scored from there to make it
Congi drilled a 24-yard field goal on Hamilton's ensuing possession, but
Durant and Simon got together on a 42-yard score three offensive plays later
to send the Roughriders into the break with a 31-6 cushion.
Burris' 18-yard TD run served as the only score of the third quarter and
brought the Ticats within 31-13 before Congi connected on a 33-yard field goal
on the first play of the fourth quarter to make it 31-16.
Hamilton then forced a two-and-out, but failed to moved past midfield before
punting the ball away.
Saskatchewan put the game away on its next two series, as Sheets capped an
11-play, 82-yard trek with a 4-yard run before a Burris fumble shortly after
set up Durant's 26-yard TD strike to Weston Dressler that made it 45-16 with
under four minutes left.
Gable scored from two yards out on Hamilton's next drive to account for the
Johnny Bright of Edmonton held the old Grey Cup rushing record of 169 yards
set in 1956 ... These two teams battled it out for the crown back in 1989 at
SkyDome, with the Roughriders slipping by in a 43-40 final ... Hamilton was
looking to secure its ninth Grey Cup title ... Dressler finished with a game-
high 81 receiving yards on five catches.
11/25 01:28:05 ET
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