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(Saturday, September 25th)
Final Score: Saskatchewan 32, Hamilton 25
Hamilton, ON (Sports Network) - Darian Durant connected with Rob Bagg on a 19- yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter to break a tie score, and Saskatchewan held on for a 32-25 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Ivor Wynne Stadium.
Durant had two of his three touchdown passes go to Bagg, who gained 119 yards on five receptions. Weston Dressler led all receivers with seven grabs and 139 yards, including a 43-yard touchdown.
Wes Cates added to his resume as the CFL's top scoring back with his league leading 13th rushing score while picking up 71 yards, but it was Durant who directed a potent offense with 418 yards passing on 23-of-31 throws.
The Roughriders' (8-4) defense was an opportunistic bunch, recording six turnovers, including three from the Ticats' (6-6) top rusher DeAndra Cobb, who was coming off his best performance of the season in last week's road win at British Columbia.
"The couple of plays I shot ourselves in the foot, the disappointing thing is that they weren't forced fumbles," Cobb said.
Cobb gained 166 yards on just 15 touches in Saturday's setback, while Kevin Glenn passed for 336 yards and two touchdowns but also accounted for two turnovers.
His interception at the end of the third quarter set up Luca Congi's game- tying 35-yard field goal. Hamilton still had a chance to tie the game following an ill-timed lost fumble by Durant with Saskatchewan driving in an attempt to run out the clock.
The Ticats took over at their own 40 with 42 ticks remaining and Glenn moved the ball 34 yards in three quick passing plays. A pair of incompletions brought up third down but Glenn kept the chains moving with a 13-yard strike to Dave Stala and another 10-yard completion to Arland Bruce that left one second on the clock -- enough time for one shot at the end zone from only 13 yards away.
Roughriders safety James Patrick, who had just four career interceptions, picked off his league-leading eighth pass of the season at the goal line to seal the win.
It was all Hamilton early as the hosts built a 15-0 lead after 15 minutes on Glenn's nine-yard TD pass to Matt Carter, Quinton Porter's one-yard scoring plunge and a single.
Saskatchewan turned the tables in the second quarter, getting to the end zone three times compared with just a 32-yard Sandro DeAngelis field goal, to take a 21-18 halftime lead.
Cates scored from a yard out, Bagg hauled in a 70-yard score and Durant went deep to Dressler for a 43-yard touchdown on the final play from scrimmage before halftime.
"It was an up-and-down game. We needed to get things turned around on the road. This is a confidence builder for us. Hamilton is a tough place to play," Cates said of the Riders' 2-4 road mark. "As we're getting into the last third of the regular season, winning on the road will get us our goal of getting a bye in the first round."
The Ticats moved back in front on Glenn's 10-yard scoring toss to Marquay McDaniel to open the second-half scoring. A single and Congi's kick coming off the Hamilton turnover tied things up at 25-25 heading to the fourth.
Hamilton had been on 5-1 run since losing to Saskatchewan back on July 31 in Regina...Saskatchewan has taken 13 of the last 14 meetings in the series...The Riders, who needed overtime to beat Calgary at home last week, moved two points back of the Stampeders in the Western Conference standings...Cates moved into second place in Roughrider rushing annals with 35 touchdowns...Saskatchewan leads the CFL with 20 rushing scores this season... Bruce went over 1,000 yards receiving on the season, doing so for the third time in four years and for a sixth time in his career...Stevie Baggs made his first appearance in a Ticats uniform against his former team. Last season with Saskatchewan, Baggs led the league with 12 sacks and was named a West Division All-Star. He had two tackles, a sack and forced fumble in the loss and was signed after his release from the NFL's Arizona Cardinals.
09/25 22:43:18 ET
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