STAMPEDERS 40 ROUGHRIDERS 27

October 25th, 2014

CALGARY (CP) – For Kerry Joseph, one bad quarter outweighed three positives.

Largely due to a strong performance by Joseph, the Saskatchewan Roughriders built up a 27-15 lead over the Calgary Stampeders through three quarters.

The Stamps (14-2) then responded with 25 straight points in the fourth quarter to win 40-27. It was the fifth straight loss for the Riders (9-8) and the second in a row with Joseph at quarterback.

“We just lost momentum,” said Joseph, who completed 21-of-37 passes for 322 yards and two touchdowns. “The game is on me. Three interceptions, that’s on me.”

After Calgary took a 30-27 lead early in the fourth the Riders still had a chance to answer back, but Jamar Wall picked off an errant Joseph pass and ran it back 50 yards for a back-breaking touchdown.

“I’ve got to see the field better and I can’t turn the ball over,” said Joseph, who subsequently threw two more interceptions to Brandon Smith and another to Wall in the end zone late in the game. “They brought me in here to lift this team up. Two weeks in a row, I turned the ball over and let these guys down. It’s just inexcusable.”

Saskatchewan coach Corey Chamblin wouldn’t go so far as pinning the loss on his veteran quarterback.

“Kerry’s doing a phenomenal job,” Chamblin said. “He’s a little tough on himself. He threw some picks at the end. That was just part of where we were towards the end of the fourth quarter. I don’t want to say we ran out of gas, but the Stampeders, they are a strong team.

“It showed where they are and where we are. I think we know just as a whole, we have a little bit more to go to be able to defeat a team like that.”

Receiver Korey Williams, who had three catches for 55 yards, also refused to put all the blame on Joseph.

“It’s never on one guy,” Williams said. “We have to block, we have to catch the ball, he has to throw the ball. It’s a whole bunch of things. You can never just say one guy messed up. We just have to continuously move forward and build off the opportunities that we have.”

The Riders now have a bye-week before they host the Edmonton Eskimos in Regina on Nov. 8 for their final regular season game.

“We’ve got to try to stay positive,” Joseph said. “We’ve still got a football game to play. We’ve got one more and then we’ve got the playoffs. It’s not like we’re out of the playoffs. We’ve got to find a way to win. I’ve got to find a way to be better.”

Williams agreed that the Riders have to try to remain positive despite the fact they’re in the midst of a five-game losing skid.

“We’ve been building positives for a while,” he said. “It’s just that we have to learn to win games when we have the opportunity to win them. It’s as simple as that.”

Despite the setback to the Stamps, Chamblin said he saw some positives that the Riders can build on heading into the post-season.

“This team is growing,” Chamblin said. “We’re young in some areas and I’m seeing guys grow through experience. We’re going to have a chance. I think over the next couple of weeks this team will grow. At the right time, I think we’ll be ready.”

RIDERS AT STAMPS

October 24th, 2014

SASKATCHEWAN (9-7) at CALGARY (13-2)
7:30 pm, Friday, McMahon Stadium
TSN, 620 CKRM, ESPN3

RIDERS: Road 4-4, vs West 4-3
STAMPS: Home 6-1, vs West 5-1

RIDER OFFENSE: RUSH 2ND, PASS 9TH, OVERALL 6TH
Kerry Joseph makes his second straight start (213 yds, 2 TDs, 2 INTs) … Top CFL rusher Anthony Allen (849 yds, 5 TDs) will sit this game and be replaced by Jerome Messam and Keith Toston … WR Rob Bagg is the team’s leading receiver (604 yds, 1 TD) however he was held off the scoresheet last week … The Riders are 5th in points scored and 7th in sacks allowed.

STAMPS OFFENSE: RUSH 1ST, PASS 7TH, OVERALL 2ND
Bo-Levi Mitchell makes his first career start against Saskatchewan (2554 yds, 17 TDs, 5 INTs) … Leading rusher Jon Cornish (817 yds, 4 TDs) will sit this game … SB Marquay McDaniel is their leading receiver (627 yds, 4 TDs) … Calgary is #2 in points scored and #1 in fewest sacks allowed.

RIDER DEFENSE: RUSH 7TH, PASS 6TH, OVERALL 6TH
DE John Chick continues to lead the CFL in sacks (14) … DBs Mark Legree and Tristan Jackson lead the club in INTs (4) … LB Brian Peters leads the club in tackles (63) … The Riders are 6th in points allowed and #1 in sacks

STAMPS DEFENSE: RUSH 2ND, PASS 7TH, OVERALL 4TH
DE’s Shawn Lemon and Charleston Hughes lead the club in sacks (8) … LB Keon Raymond and DB Jamar Wall lead the club in INTs (4) … DB Brandon Smith leads the club in tackles (65) … The Stamps are #1 in fewest points allowed and 5th in sacks.

RIDER SPEC TEAMS: K Chris Milo is 71.4% on field goals while P Josh Bartel 4th in the CFL with an average of 44.5 yards … Tristan Jackson leads the club in KR yards while Weston Dressler leads in PR yards … Brian Peters is their ST tackles leader (18).

STAMPS SPEC TEAMS: K Rene Parades is 72.2% of field goals while P Rob Maver is 3rd in CFL punting with an average of 45.2 … Sederrik Cunningham leads in KR yards and Jock Sanders leads in PR yards … Their ST tackles leader is LB Karl McCartney (19).

INTANGIBLES: Calgary is a CFL-best +14 in the turnover ratio while the Riders are 2nd at +6 … The Stampeders are the CFL’s least penalized team while the Roughriders are 3rd … Calgary is favoured by 10.5-points … The forecast calls for sunshine, a high of 10 degrees Celsius (50 above Fahrenheit and a west wind at 30 km/h.

RP

DURANT BACK TO THE 6-GAME

October 23rd, 2014

The Roughriders announced on Thursday morning QB Darian Durant has gone back to the 6-game injured list.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders today announced international kick returner/running back Steven Miller and international linebacker Alvin Bowen have been added to the team.

Miller (5’7 – 172) signs with the Riders after attending training camp with the Detroit Lions of the National Football League where he appeared in three preseason games registering two receptions for 39 yards. The 23 year old Appalachian State product spent part of the 2013 season on the Lions practice roster after originally signing with the team as an undrafted free agent in April, 2013.

Bowen (6’2 – 225) will join the Green and White’s practice roster. The Iowa State product spent the 2013 season with the Calgary Stampeders where he appeared in 11 regular season games registering eight special teams tackles, three defensive tackles, and one interception. He also played two regular season games for the Stampeders in 2014 recording two special teams tackles.

The 30 year old previously spent four seasons in the NFL after being drafted by Buffalo in the fifth round (147th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft.

SOME STARTERS TO SIT, TOSTON TO DEBUT

October 22nd, 2014

The Roughriders held Day 1 of their practice week with a closed workout at Mosaic Stadium on Wednesday.

Afterwards head coach Corey Chamblin revealed they’ll leave a handful of starters at home for Friday’s game at Calgary.

The list includes SB/PR Weston Dressler, OG Chris Best, RB Anthony Allen and QB Darian Durant.

In the case of Durant, Chamblin said his top pivot practiced lightly on Wednesday and threw some short passes however the right elbow injured he suffered on September 7 hasn’t come around to the point that he can be activated for Friday’s game.

Chamblin also announced rookie RB Keith Toston will make his pro debut Friday night against the Stampeders.

Kickoff on Friday is 7:30 pm on TSN and the 620 CKRM Rider Radio Network.

RP

RIDERS RELEASE THREE, INCLUDING FORD

October 22nd, 2014

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have announced the following transactions:

· RELEASE international running back Will Ford
· RELEASE international quarterback DeNarius McGhee
· RELEASE international receiver Eron Riley

ESKIMOS 24 RIDERS 19

October 20th, 2014

REGINA – Mike Reilly staged an 84-yard touchdown drive midway through the fourth quarter to lift the Edmonton Eskimos to a 24-19 victory over the host Saskatchewan Roughriders on Sunday.

Reilly called his own number on the touchdown, a five-yard run that saw him dive across the goal-line.

The Eskimos’ defence shut out Kerry Joseph and the Riders’ offence until the final minute of the second half, while Reilly and Edmonton’s special teams scored 20 unanswered points after halftime en route to their second straight win to improve to 11-5.

Edmonton trailed 13-4 at the break.

Reilly completed 20 of 30 pass attempts for 260 yards and an interception.

Joseph, playing in his first game in more than a year, started at quarterback for the Riders (9-7) and was 17 of 36 passing for 213 yards and two touchdown, and was intercepted twice.

Joseph provided Saskatchewan with a spark in the first half as the 41-year-old found slotback Brett Swain for a 17-yard touchdown. Swain made a pretty diving catch in the end zone for the only major score in the first half.

Chris Milo kicked a 17-yard field goal and the Riders, who have lost four straight games, enjoyed a rare lead at the half. Milo had two field goals, with the other coming from 43 yards.

Edmonton opened the second half with Kendial Lawrence returning the opening kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown to cut into the Riders’ lead.

Hugh O’Neill’s 46-yard field goal with five minutes to go in the third quarter put the Eskimos in front at 14-13.

Joseph hooked up with Korey Williams on a 28-yard touchdown pass with 42 seconds remaining. The two-point convert failed.

O’Neill kicked three field goals on the day and picked up a single on a missed field goal attempt.

Adarius Bowman, who leads the CFL with 117 recpetions, had six catches to break Craig Ellis’ team record for receptions in a season. Ellis had 116 catches in 1990.

Meanwhile, the Riders’ offence struggled to incorporate slotback Weston Dressler in their attack. Dressler managed just two catches in the game and has only 10 receptions in his last four games.

The Riders will travel to Calgary next week to face the first-place Stampeders, while Edmonton has the bye.

(Canadian Press)

RIDERS-TICATS TRADE

September 24th, 2014

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have acquired international defensive lineman Brandon Boudreaux, along with a fourth-round selection in the 2015 CFL Draft and a fourth-round selection in the 2016 CFL Draft from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
 
In 30 games over the last three seasons with the Tiger-Cats, Boudreaux recorded 62 defensive tackles and 12 quarterbacks. The 25-year-old led the Ti-Cats defence in quarterback sacks last season with seven on his way to being named an East Division All-Star.   
 
In exchange, the Riders have sent a third-round selection in the 2015 CFL Draft, a third-round selection in the 2016 CFL Draft and a negotiation list player to Hamilton.

DRESSLER NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK

September 23rd, 2014

Saskatchewan Roughrider receiver/returner Weston Dressler has been named a CFL Player of the Week.
 
The 29-year-old was named Special Teams Player of the Week following an impressive outing in the Riders 35-32 overtime win versus Ottawa on Sunday. The North Dakota native had five punt returns for a 103 yard total, including a 78 yard return for touchdown.
 
Dressler also added a game high 125 yards receiving on seven receptions, including a 60 yard touchdown.
 
Through four regular season games played, the seven year Rider has registered 13 punt returns for 219 yards and two touchdowns, and one kickoff return for 17 yards. He’s also added 16 catches for 210 yards and one touchdown. 
 
This is the third time in his career Dressler has picked up CFL Player of the Week honours and second Special Teams recognition. 
 
It is the eleventh time this season a Rider has earned Player of the Week honours after John Chick (three), Ricky Foley (three), Sam Hurl, Rob Bagg, Jerome Messam, Anthony Allen and now Weston Dressler have all been recognized.     
 

RIDERS 35 REDBLACKS 32 (2 OT)

September 21st, 2014

REGINA – Chris Milo kicked a 22-yard field goal in overtime to give the Saskatchewan Roughriders a 35-32 victory over the Ottawa Redblacks on Sunday.

It was Milo’s second chance to win the game in extra time. On the Riders’ first possession, he missed a 37-yard field goal attempt. A bad snap affected the timing of the play and the kick sailed wide.

Ottawa, however, couldn’t take advantage of the missed opportunity. Kicker Brett Maher had a chance to tie the game for the Redblacks with a 37-yard field goal attempt, but it was blocked and fell short.

In his second straight start, Saskatchewan quarterback Tino Sunseri faired much better than the previous week.

Sunseri engineered a last-minute, game-tying touchdown drive to force overtime. A pass interference penalty moved the Riders to the Ottawa one-yard line with 54 second remaining in regulation. One play later, running back Anthony Allen plunged ahead for a one-yard touchdown run to pull the Riders to within two at 32-30. Weston Dressler caught the two-point convert to pull the Riders even.

Sunseri finished the day 20 for 32 passing for 260 yards and two touchdowns.

(The Canadian Press)

SUNSERI ANSWERS QUESTIONS

September 18th, 2014

The 8-3 Saskatchewan Roughriders hit the practice field on Wednesday for the first time since Sunday’s 28-3 loss in Hamilton. Quarterback Tino Sunseri took questions on suffering a loss in his first pro start.

ON WHAT HE LEARNED FROM THE GAME

TS: Well shoot as soon as we got out of the locker room I was able to download the game and look at the tape and start going through play-by-play, pick it apart and see what I was looking at, what my footwork was like, look at it like a coach and the way I was playing and I took a lot away from it. It was my first start, making sure I was on rhythm with everybody, making sure we can do anything possible to make it smooth. That’s why we worked extra today so we can make sure our timing is right, right route depths and make sure we’re all on the same page.

ON THE TICATS DEFENSIVE GAME PLAN

TS: You always have to give the other team credit. They went out and made plays. We missed some throws on certain plays and they covered some things up. We made the adjustments to this week we can play fast and confident and make plays.

ON HIS CONFIDENCE RIGHT NOW

TS: My confidence is always through the roof. You can tell – I’ve always been a very confident individual when I step on the field. They’ll battle for me and I’ll battle for them. We’re excited to play. Whenever you don’t play as well as you want to, the game can’t come fast enough. You always want to put points on the board and win.

HOW CRITICAL ARE YOU OF YOUR PLAY?

TS: I’m always critical of my performance. Even when they said I played well against BC, and other teams, I was critical. I missed throws and that’s how you get better – being critical and picking it apart.

ON THE GAME PLAN IN HAMILTON

TS: Coach Cortez always does a great job of getting us prepared in the film room and on the practice field. We just have to execute a high level. He’s done a great job and let’s not be too critical — we’re 8-3 and so we need to understand we lost last week and this is a new week.