Joe McKnight ran for 150 yards and a TD in his first CFL start while Joe Craig scored on a 71-yard punt return as the streaking Saskatchewan Roughriders defeated the Toronto Argonauts 29-11 on Saturday.
McKnight, who appeared in two games with Edmonton last year, opened with a 29-yard run on the first of his 17 carries as Saskatchewan (5-10) earned its fourth straight win. But the Riders must play the role of spoiler as they’ve been eliminated from playoff contention.
After registering their first four wins by a combined eight points, the Riders easily recorded the West Division’s 14th straight victory over an East Division rival. The West is 23-8 overall head to head.
Riders’ quarterback Darian Durant finished 15-of-22 passing 164 yards and TD strikes of 14 yards to Craig and five yards to Caleb Holley. After Mitchell Gale played in the second half, the Riders went with Brandon Bridge of Mississauga, Ont., at quarterback for the final 2:33.
Toronto (5-11) suffered its fifth straight loss and ninth in 10 games. The Argos also closed out the home portion of their schedule a dismal 2-7 at BMO Field and heard it throughout the contest from the announced gathering of 15,023.
And with good reason. It was the second abysmal home performance for Toronto, which lost 48-20 to Calgary last weekend.