Stamps rally for late win 0
Through nearly 12 quarters, the Saskatchewan Roughriders protected the ball and were winning games.
Then … Darian Durant was finally picked off by Malik Jackson, and the Calgary Stampeders suddenly had life Thursday night at McMahon Stadium.
In the wild and wacky CFL, this type of thing should be expected, but the Stamps looked buried once the Riders built a 17-point lead into the fourth quarter.
In the end, it was the Stampeders who were celebrating a 41-38 overtime victory after Nik Lewis scored his third touchdown of the game.
Kevin Glenn engineered a 77-yard TD drive with five minutes left in regulation, capping it with Lewis’ second major of the game to cut the lead to 10.
Jackson then stepped into a Durant pass over the middle and put the Stamps in position for Glenn to hit Larry Taylor with a 20-yard strike.
But on the tying drive, Glenn was drilled to the turf by Brent Hawkins after finding Romby Bryant on a crossing route to get into scoring position, so rookie Bo Levi Mitchell entered the game.
With a calmness of a veteran, Mitchell threw a would-be touchdown pass to Johnny Forzani, but the third-year Canadian couldn’t make the grab on his back shoulder.
Rene Paredes then knocked the tying field goal off the bar but through.
On the next play, Durant immediately went deep to a wide-open Weston Dressler, who had a beautiful TD grab earlier, but the sure-handed import had it ring off his hands.
And off to overtime we went …
The Riders took possession first, and Durant had Chris Getzlaf open in the endzone, but the Canadian couldn’t make the grab. Chris McCoy sacked Durant on the next play to make Chris Milo boot a 50-yard field goal.
Glenn then returned to the game and hit Romby Bryant then Lewis — his sixth TD this season — for the win.
Only in the CFL.
The Stamps were determined to go down swinging if they were going down at all, but Dimitri Tsoumpas throwing a punch to the face of Tearrius George probably wasn’t what Stamps GM/head coach John Hufnagel had in mind.
Discipline was a major issue for the Stamps early in this one, and it had Hufnagel steamed.
In the second quarter, on a play where the Stamps defence was about to walk off the field, defensive tackle Torrey Davis took an unnecessary roughness penalty to extend the drive.
Durant made the Stamps pay by hitting Chris Getzlaf on a perfect corner route.
Coming out of the halftime break, Durant was on target again, throwing up a great pass to Dressler on a similar play.
Dressler used all of his 5-foot-7 body to stretch out and make the highlight-reel grab.
Durant had a nice night despite the interception, going 20-of-39 passing for 238 yards.
Kory Sheets scored a pair of rushing TDs, while backup QB Drew Willy threw his first passing major to Neal Hughes as the visitors piled up the points in front a strong contingent of green.
By the end, it was the people dressed in red going home happy.
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