The Saskatchewan Roughriders staged a furious rally, but fell short in Edmonton Thursday night losing to the Eskimos 26-19, dropping their record to 3-4 on the season.
Riders Head Coach Chris Jones said they simply were not good enough in a number of aspects.
“We were out coached, we were out executed, and we were the more undisciplined football team, it showed its head again tonight,” Jones told reporters after the game in Edmonton. “We know we’re good enough to beat that football team, but they were disciplined enough to make the plays when they needed to and ended up winning the game,” he added.
Zach Collaros was solid in his return from injury, going 22 for 34 for 261 yards and a touchdown in his first game since week two against Ottawa.
Collaros said he felt good, but also noted there were things to clean up for next game.
“I felt good and I felt comfortable, it usually takes a series or two, especially after a long layoff to get acclimated to game speed, and on a short week it was tough,” Collaros said. “Our guys battled up front all night, the receivers and backs did as well, not the result we wanted and we have to clean a lot up,” he said.
The defense also picked up four sacks on the night.
Things won’t get any easier for the green and white, who will be home to Calgary on the 19th after a bye-week, the Stampeders remain undefeated at 6-0.
For the Eskimos the win is their third straight, and moves them to 5-2 on the year.