|"Fifty (52) Shades of Green"|
|Written by Les Lazaruk|
|Sunday, 02 September 2012 18:46|
The Labour Day Classic and the Blue Bombers proved to be the needed tonic for the ailing Saskatchewan Roughriders. The Green and White won their eighth straight holiday weekend tilt, crushing Winnipeg 52-0 Sunday at a sold-out Mosaic Stadium...ending a five-game losing streak in the process.
The Riders dominated throughout, scoring at least 10 points in every quarter on a windy day in front of a sold-out throng of 33,427. Darian Durant threw a pair of touchdown passes to Weston Dressler before leaving the game mid-way through the third quarter with an "Upper Body" injury. Drew Willy came on and passed to Terence Jeffers-Harris for a major score while sneaking in for another T-D himself. Linebacker Tyron Brackenridge got into the act by blocking a Bombers' punt and returning the loose ball for a touchdown. Sandro DeAngelis converted all five major scores and connected on all five of his field goal attempts while Chris Milo added a pair of punt singles for 4-5 Saskatchewan.
The game statistics further revealed the Saskatchewan dominance as the first downs were 26-10 in favour of the Riders, net yards of offence was 422-102 with time of possession at 39:06-20:54 in the Green and White's favour.
It was a disastrous debut for Tim Burke as the Winnipeg head coach after moving up from defensive co-ordinator to replace the fired Paul LaPolice. The 2-7 Bombers will seek a measure of revenge next Sunday in the return meeting with the Roughriders in Winnipeg.