What a difference a week makes!
Last Sunday, Rider Nation was up in arms over the release of Duron Carter and a workout of pro football hall-of-famer Terrell Owens with the crosshairs aimed directly at Head Coach and General Manager Chris Jones.
Fast forward seven days and the football team came out of its second bye of the season with arguably its best effort of the season as they demolished the Calgary Stampeders 40-27 to even their record at 4-4 while handing their Western Division rival their first loss of the season as they are now 7-1.
While playing a complete game, Jones says they haven’t done anything yet and that any excitement caused by this victory should be tempered somewhat.
“Let’s be careful to anoint us that we’re going to the Grey Cup. Last week, people had us finishing last in the league. ” Jones said. ” This is one game on a long journey. The good thing is we are facing all these western opponents face-to-face. We’ve got to play more really good football starting in six days in Vancouver. Did we realize some things tonight? We found out that if we can take care of the ball, run the ball, play some good special teams and get to the quarterback that we are a good football team.”
Zach Collaros was 25 of 34 for 270 yards with rookie Jordan Williams-Lambert catching 10 of those passes for 152 yards. Collaros says it was a total team effort.
“The defence was amazing, special teams scored a touchdown for us and we had good field position all night long.” Collaros told reporters as a sold out crowd left Mosaic Stadium. ” Offensively, we were able to sustain some drives. Moving forward, we have to score touchdowns, but beating an undefeated team, the team coming into this game as the best team in the league, we’ll take it any way we can.”
- Nick Marshall not only had his second touchdown of the year on an interception return, but he also scored an offensive touchdown running one in from three yards out in the second half. He is the first CFL player since Milt Stegall in 1999 to have a touchdown on two sides of the ball in the same game. Stegall caught a TD and scored on a blocked kick.
- Defensive lineman Charleston Hughes had two sacks on the night to give him a CFL-leading 11 sacks on the year.
- Brett Lauther went 6-6 on field goals making him 25-27 on the year.
- Receiver Caleb Holley went down in the first half with a knee injury. There are reports it could be a season-ending injury