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(Sunday, October 17th)
Final Score: Calgary 34, Saskatchewan 26
Regina, SK (Sports Network) - Henry Burris threw for 254 yards and a touchdown while Joffrey Reynolds ran for 124 yards and two scores, as the Calgary Stampeders used a strong second half to take a 34-26 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Burris completed 19-of-26 passes and was intercepted once, while Corey Mace had a fumble return for a touchdown for Calgary (11-4), which rebounded from last week's loss at Montreal. The Stampeders extended their lead over Saskatchewan in the West Division to two games.
"It was a very good win," said Stampeders head coach John Hufnagel. "I'm very satisfied. Obviously, with the implications this game had, this means a lot."
Darian Durant had a big passing day, connecting on 15-of-29 passes for 341 yards and three scores, with one pick. Chris Getzlaf caught five of his throws for 201 yards and two TDs, but the Roughriders (9-6) lost for a second straight game.
"Our guys played tremendous effort and courage," said Saskatchewan head coach Ken Miller. "We just, in the second half, couldn't get Calgary off the field enough. We got the ball back a couple times, but we just didn't have an opportunity to play offense enough."
Calgary entered the second half facing a 19-10 deficit but scored on its opening drive to start the comeback. Burris' 19-yard pass to Romby Bryant got the ball across midfield, and he later found Reynolds for a 15-yard gain to the Saskatchewan 14. Reynolds capped the drive with a three-yard run with about eight minutes left in the frame.
After a Roughriders punt, Burris led Calgary to another score. Every positive- yardage play was either a Burris completion or run, and his 17-yard pass to Bryant had the Stamps in front 24-19 moving to the fourth quarter.
The final frame started off with a series of turnovers. Burris was picked off by James Patrick early in the quarter, and after Saskatchewan was forced to punt, Ken-Yon Rambo fumbled in Roughriders territory. But three plays into Saskatchewan's ensuing drive, Milt Collins forced a Durant fumble and Mace returned it 60 yards for a score. Saskatchewan challenged, but the call stood to put Calgary up 31-19 with a little more than six minutes to play.
The Roughriders quickly countered, as Durant connected with Getzlaf on a 64- yard touchdown only a few plays into the ensuing possession. Saskatchewan needed a stop, but didn't get one as Calgary marched downfield. The run-heavy drive stalled close to the goal line, and Rob Maver's 12-yard field goal with 1:35 remaining extended the margin.
Keon Raymond then intercepted Durant to secure the win.
Saskatchewan opened the scoring with Durant's 25-yard pass to Weston Dressler on the game's opening drive. On the Roughriders' next possession, Durant hit Getzlaf with an 85-yard pass before going to Getzlaf again for an 11-yard touchdown.
Reynolds' 11-yard run late in the first made it a 14-7 game.
Maver made a 39-yarder early in the second quarter, though Saskatchewan added a safety and a 36-yard field goal by Eddie Johnson before the end of the half.
Bryant finished with six catches for 85 yards for Calgary...Dressler had five receptions for 71 yards. Durant led the Riders with 62 rushing yards, while Wes Cates was limited to 45 yards on 10 carries.
10/18 00:02:46 ET
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