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(Thursday, August 12th)
Final Score: Saskatchewan 37, British Columbia 13
Regina, SK (Sports Network) - Darian Durant and Wes Cates both ran for a pair of touchdowns as the Saskatchewan Roughriders recorded a resounding 37-13 win over the British Columbia Lions at Mosaic Stadium.
Durant converted 18-of-27 passes for 223 yards and a touchdown, while also tossing a pair of interceptions, as the Roughriders (5-2) picked up their second win in the last three games. The signal-caller was also credited with a team-best 67 yards rushing on nine attempts. Cates, who now leads the CFL in touchdowns with eight, gained 61 yards on 13 carries.
Jarious Jackson, the third different starting quarterback for the Lions (1-6) so far this season, hit 18-of-31 passes for 194 yards and a couple of interceptions in the club's sixth consecutive setback. Jamal Robertson and Yonus Davis both finished with 84 yards rushing on 11 and three carries, respectively, for British Columbia.
The first points of the contest arrived on a 32-yard field goal by BC's Paul McCallum at the 12:34 mark of the opening period. Even though McCallum got the Lions off on the right foot, he later acknowledged that very little went right for the visitors.
"Where do you begin? Bad penalties, taking penalties, giving up penalties. We just got beat and we have to turn this around."
On their second possession, the Lions began deep in their own end. Jackson was picked off by defensive back Lance Frazier, who returned the ball inside the five, setting up Cates for his first TD of the contest on the following snap for the Roughriders, giving the home team a 7-3 advantage.
Putting together a significant drive mainly on the ground, BC made its way down the field but again had to settle for a field goal, this time a 12-yard conversion by McCallum with six minutes left in the first.
Early in the second quarter, Saskatchewan put up its second major of the evening when Durant called his own number, dropped back and then split the defense by running up the middle and landing in the end zone nine yards later to make the score 14-6.
Cates and the Roughriders added to their advantage late in the first half when the running back slipped into the end zone from a yard out, capping a nine- play, 74-yard drive to make the score 21-6 at the break.
British Columbia took a bite out of its deficit early in the third quarter when Yonus Davis raced 51 yards to the end zone, leaving the Lions down by eight points at 21-13.
However, only moments later, the Lions found themselves deep in their own territory, and rather than risk a blocked punt, McCallum opted to concede in his own end zone, handing the Roughriders back a couple of points.
Durant scored his second touchdown of the night minutes later when, inside the 10-yard line, he dropped back in the pocket but broke containment out to the left side and galloped into the end zone, extending the lead to 30-13.
The Roughriders continued to pour it on as Durant capped an 89-yard drive with a 30-yard strike to Chris Getzlaf over the middle, the first major of the season for the slotback, as Saskatchewan went on to capture the 24-point win.
"Darian has a lot of confidence in all his receivers and our entire team has confidence in Chris Getzlaf," commented Saskatchewan head coach Ken Miller after the game. "He had an error but we came back after his penalty and had him score a big touchdown for us."
BC's Geroy Simon caught his 800th career catch on the first play from scrimmage, ninth most in CFL history...The field goal by McCallum less than three minutes into the contest represented the first points scored by the Lions in the first quarter this season...Jarious Jackson entered the contest with a record of 14-7 as a starter in his career, but only 1-3 versus the Roughriders...BC defensive back Ryan Phillips had two interceptions in the contest, which means he now has made 11 of his 24 career picks versus the Roughriders...Jerrell Freeman posted three sacks for Saskatchewan...BC head coach Wally Buono, who's 236 regular-season wins is more than the other seven CFL head coaches combined, is suffering through the longest losing streak of his career at the moment.
08/13 01:12:18 ET
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