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(Friday, September 17th)
Final Score: Saskatchewan 43, Calgary 37 (OT)
Regina, SK (Sports Network) - Wes Cates scored in overtime, and Darian Durant passed for 500 yards as Saskatchewan topped Calgary, 43-37, at Mosaic Stadium.
Durant finished 23-of-39 with two passing scores and an interception for the Roughriders (7-4), who had dropped two of three coming in.
Andy Fantuz posted 10 receptions for 255 yards and one touchdown, Weston Dressler struck for 104 yards and a TD catch on three grabs, while Cates scored twice on the ground and Hugh Charles added a rushing score.
Henry Burris was 29-of-40 for 348 yards and a touchdown for the Stampeders (9-2), whose seven-game win streak came to a halt.
Ken-Yon Rambo caught six balls for 115 yards, Nik Lewis had nine catches for 84 yards. Joffrey Reynolds and Drew Tate recorded rushing scores in defeat.
On their first drive of overtime, Cates ran in from the five to put the Riders on top by six points.
Calgary had a chance to tie the game on its ensuing series, but Burris' third- down try near the goal line fell incomplete.
"Hey this is a hard-fought battle man. Calgary came in here to play but this our turf man. We been going through things but we ain't going down. We came out swinging and I'm proud of my teammates that we got this win," Cates said.
Down 37-26 late in the fourth, Durant hit Fantuz for a 60-yard touchdown, and a successful two-point conversion brought Saskie within 37-34.
Calgary punted on its next drive after a two-and-out, and the Riders took over on their own 44. Luca Congi later hit a 44-yard field goal to tie the game with just over two minutes left.
The Stamps failed again, and after a punt, the Riders were at their own 34. Durant's 29-yard dash to the Calgary 25 preceded his rush for a loss into the center of the field. Instead of a field goal from Congi, Eddie Johnson lined up for a 35-yard punt that would have led to a rouge with three seconds to play, but failed to convert.
"You win as a team and you lose a team. Offensively, we were able to score some points but there also some opportunities when we could have stayed on the field and we were two plays and out. We knew it was going to be a tough game. It's a long season and we'll move on from this," said Stamps head coach John Hufnagel.
Milt Collins put the Stamps on the board with a 55-yard interception return for a touchdown early in the first, then Rob Maver hit a 25-yarder to give Calgary a 10-0 lead after one quarter.
In the second, a single preceded Cates' eight-yard TD run for a 10-8 contest, then Durant connected with Dressler on a 77-yard score to put the Riders up 15-10. Another single followed.
The Stampeders took a 20-16 lead to the break after Tate's one-yard score followed by Maver's 22-yard make.
Saskie assumed the lead on a 30-yard TD scamper by Charles, but the visitors responded on Burris' 30-yard connection to Jon Cornish.
Congi's 18-yarder brought the home team within 27-26, then Reynolds posted a four-yard run to the end zone for a 34-26 Calgary edge. Maver then connected on a 30-yarder for an 11-point bulge.
Durant added 69 yards on five carries...Both teams are in action next Saturday as the Riders take on the Ticats in Hamilton and the Stamps host B.C.
09/18 02:22:52 ET
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