Not all wins are pretty.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders found a way to win on Thursday night as they got past the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 18-13 to even their record at 2-2 in what was a defensive struggle that only saw one touchdown scored on offence. That came late in the 4th quarter when Marcus Thigpen broke through the line and scored on a 34 yard run.
It was a game that head coach Chris Jones had a tough time describing.
“Uh, you know what, that’s kind of hard. I think resilience would be the word.” Jones said. “We played from behind all night long and then we got the lead. We chipped away and got a shot to win in the 4th quarter which was nice. In 10 years, you won’t remember how we won, but that we won.”
Jones baffled many by rotating Brandon Bridge and David Watford throughout the game. He credited both for being able to get through the game, but he says there is still a lot of work to do.
“I want more out of them, I’m hard on them. ” Jones said. “They both have some unique qualities. David is maybe a little faster than Brandon, but Brandon has more experience. We’re just going to keep grindin until we figure it out.”
Bridge, who was 11 of 13 passing for 101 yards while running for 30 yards, says it was a strange game considering all that happened.
“It was very strange to play a game like that.” Bridge admitted. “I’ve never been a part of that and it was hard to get into a rhythm, but those are the cards we were dealt. I can’t control that, I just have to go out and execute what I can do. I think I did a great job of not putting the ball in jeopardy and taking what the defence gives me. The only time I felt like I had rhythm was in those last two minutes when I felt I had to make something shake.”
The Riders other touchdown came from the defence as Charleston Hughes recovered a Jeremiah Masoli fumble in the 2nd quarter and rumbled untouched into the endzone from 69 yards out. Brett Lauther had the other points on two field goals and one convert.
The team now takes its first bye week of the season. They are not in action again until July 19th when they are in Hamilton.
- Despite losing, Hamilton quarterback Jeremiah Masoli tied a CFL record by throwing for 300 plus yards for a 9th straight game
- Hamilton had 25 first downs to Saskatchewan’s 12 and had 418 yards in net offence compared to Saskatchewan’s 275.
- The announced crowd was 30,594
- As part of the Thursday Night Football concert series, Canadian country music artist Tim Hicks performed at halftime.