|Roughriders Blow 17 Point Lead in 6 Minutes|
|Friday, 20 July 2012 06:40|
The number 1 team in the Canadian Football League is no longer undefeated, after losing to the Calgary Stampeders last night 41-38 in overtime.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders coughed up a 17 point cushion with less than 6 minutes to play in last night's thriller at McMahon Stadium.
Head Coach of the Green and White, Corey Chamblin, was asked about the loss, "That's football. No excuses, whether it's a young team or a veteran team. We have to learn to play through 60 minutes. No matter how much cushion we have, we have to continue to add to that. It's one of those things where we have to learn from our mistakes."
Rider Q-B Darian Durant says he feels responsible after tossing an interception -- Saskatchewan's first turnover of the season -- late in the 4th quarter, "Yeah, you can't turn the ball over right there on that part of the field. They scored the very next play to cut it to 3. And then it was a snowball effect from there, you know? I put it on my shoulders."
While the Riders did take the ball right back on a fumble by Calgary, it wasn't enough to get the momentum back. Stampeders' receiver Nik Lewis caught 1 touchdown toss late in the 4th quarter, and put the game away in overtime with 16 yard grab for the win.
Kory Sheets notched a pair of touchdowns for the Riders, who had the first possession in overtime, but had to settle for a 50-yard field goal by Chris Milo.
(pb july 20/12)