CFL Game Summary - Saskatchewan at British Columbia
(Sunday, August 24)
Final Score: Saskatchewan 20, British Columbia 16
Vancouver, BC (SportsNetwork.com) - Offensive lineman Dan Clark scored his
second career touchdown and it proved to be the game winner as the
Saskatchewan Roughriders slipped by the British Columbia Lions, 20-16, at BC
The major to Clark was thrown by backup quarterback Tino Sunseri who came into
the game after Saskatchewan (6-2) starter Darian Durant suffered what appeared
to be an injury to his throwing hand. The win was the fifth straight for the
Riders after losing back-to-back decisions to Toronto and this same BC squad
Sunseri finished the meeting 8-of-13 for 86 yards and Durant 9-of-15 for
another 104 through the air, while Will Ford carried the ball 10 times for 108
yards on the ground.
The Lions (5-4), who had their three-game win streak snapped, saw Kevin Glenn
convert 15-of-21 for 146 yards, but like Durant he too left the field due
to injury, giving Travis Lulay a chance to play the hero for a BC team whose
president, Dennis Skulsky, guaranteed a win or would offer free tickets to a
future game to all in attendance. Lulay converted 4-of-8 passing for just 27
yards. As a unit, the Lions ran for a mere 56 yards on 13 carries.
The Lions received the opening kickoff and Tim Brown returned it close to
midfield. However, the drive lasted a mere three plays before kicker Paul
McCallum was called on to knock through a 38-yard field goal at the 12:33 mark
of the first quarter.
After stopping the Roughriders on their first drive of the contest, Brown was
on the field again for BC and proceeded to return the ensuing punt 75 yards
for a major. It was the fourth career punt return for a touchdown for Brown.
Saskatchewan battled back in the second quarter, but instead of getting into
the end zone the visitors had to settle for a trio of field goals by Chris
Milo from 42, 12 and 45 yards out, the latter bouncing off the right upright
and going over the crossbar as time expired in the first half.
McCallum broke up the run of Milo conversions with a field goal of his own, a
16-yard effort, giving the Lions a 13-9 advantage at the break.
The second half began with the news that Durant was staying on the sideline.
Sunseri stepped in for Durant and found Rob Bagg all alone down the left side,
but Bagg dropped what would have easily been a lengthy TD pass. Sunseri then
watched his next pass dropped on a screen, forcing the Riders to punt less
than a minute into the third quarter.
Stefan Logan returned the ensuing punt 48 yards down to the 17-yard line. The
Lions lined up inside the 10-yard line on third-and-short, but were flagged
for a procedure penalty, forcing them to settle for a 20-yard McCallum field
goal and a 16-9 advantage. BC was charged with 12 penalties on the night for
Sunseri gained some confidence on the next drive for Saskatchewan, taking the
team down to the 41-yard line and letting Milo convert a 48-yard field goal.
The Riders took their first lead of the game at the end of the third frame
when Sunseri faked a handoff at the one-yard line and floated a pass into the
end zone to Clark who made an acrobatic catch. The major, the first of
Sunseri's CFL career, was set up by a 38-yard run by Will Ford down the left
With 5:38 left in regulation, Glenn scrambled out of the pocket and ended up
having a couple of defenders roll over him. The signal caller came up lame and
had to be helped off the field, forcing Lulay to take over the BC offense.
With two minutes to play Josh Bartel added a lengthy single to make the score
20-16 in favor of the Riders.
Lulay had a number of opportunities to bring his team back, but on the final
play of the game his desperation heave from midfield fell incomplete.
The Riders entered the game with a 94-84-4 advantage in the regular-season
series against BC, dating back to 1954 ... Durant had thrown five
interceptions through the first four games of the season, but none in the
previous three outings heading into today ... John Chick entered the game with
a league-leading 12 sacks ... BC's Solomon Elimimian, who had 11 tackles,
including two sacks, left the field in the second half with an apparent
08/24 22:58:15 ET
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