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(Saturday, October 17th)
Final Score: Calgary 44, Saskatchewan 44 (OT)
Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - Henry Burris' five-yard touchdown pass to Brett Ralph on the final possession of overtime, allowed the Calgary Stampeders to earn a 44-44 tie against the Saskatchewan Roughriders in a West Division battle at McMahon Stadium.
Burris completed 22-of-33 passes for 280 yards and with the touchdown and an interception, while Joffrey Reynolds rushed for 129 yards and three scores on 18 carries for Calgary (8-6-1), which was coming off a 32-11 loss at Montreal. The Stampeders have won only two of their last five games overall, but remain tied with Saskatchewan at the top of the West Division.
Nik Lewis added eight catches for 112 yards for Calgary.
Darian Durant threw for 427 yards on 35-of-45 efficiency and a pair of touchdowns and also rushed for 40 yards on five carries for Saskatchewan (8-6-1), which last defeated Toronto 32-22. The Roughriders are 2-1-1 in their last four games.
Chris Szarka ran for three scores and Andy Fantuz had 10 receptions for 149 yards and a TD for Saskatchewan.
With the game deadlocked at 30 at the end of regulation, Rob Cote scored on a six-yard touchdown grab on Calgary's first possession of OT, but the Roughriders responded with Szarka's third touchdown of the game on a one-yard run to even things up.
Chris Getzlaf scored on a 35-yard touchdown grab on the Roughriders' second and final possession, but the Stampeders responded with a five-yard score from Ralph that tied the contest and ended the game with the score tied at 44.
A Sandro DeAngelis 14-yard field goal with nearly 6 1/2 minutes left in the opening quarter gave Calgary the early lead, but Luca Congi's single three minutes later got the Roughriders on the board.
Reynolds put the Stampeders up by a 10-3 margin just before the end of the frame with a 38-yard touchdown run. Saskatchewan then answered on its ensuing drive on Szarka's six-yard TD scamper. A Calgary safety with just under eight minutes left in the half upped the Stamps' advantage to 12-8.
Another Reynolds' run, this time from two yards out, made it a 19-8 game about four minutes later. However, the Roughriders got the points back on Szarka's one-yard TD run with 2 1/2 minutes to play in the half.
Burke Dales added a single for Calgary in the closing minute, but Congi would answer with a 15-yard field goal to get Saskatchewan within 20-18 heading into the break.
Late in the third, DeAngelis' 30-yard effort was true to increase the Stampeders lead to five. Another Congi single, then a 29-yard field goal made it a one-point game midway through the fourth.
Reynolds' third TD of the contest, a four-yard run on a pitch, put Calgary ahead 30-22 with a little over four minutes left in the fourth.
The visitors came back to tie things when Durant hit Fantuz for a 25-yard score, then added a two-yard toss to Rob Bagg for the two-point conversion to tie things at 30 with 41 seconds left. Burris' unsuccessful desperation heave, coupled with a Calgary offsides penalty would force the game into overtime.
Calgary leads the all-time regular-season series with a 96-82-9 mark...These two teams will complete their season series on November 7 when they meet in Saskatchewan.
10/17 20:41:08 ET
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