It was two different football games in Vancouver on Saturday night, but in the end the Saskatchewan Roughriders prevailed as they hung on to beat the BC Lions 24-21.
The two teams were able to move the football in the first half with the Riders leading 20-18, but the defences took over in the second half making it tough for both teams to get yards.
In the end, the Riders defence made the big play to preserve a 24-21 win. With less than a minute to go, BC head coach Wally Buono elected to gamble on 3rd and a yard-and-a-half to go from the Saskatchewan 46 instead of attempting a game-tying 53 yard field goal. The decision was the wrong one as Cody Fajardo was stuffed short on the 3rd down gamble to give Saskatchewan the win.
Zach Collaros was 19 of 32 on the night for 212 yards with an interception and a touchdown. That touchdown pass was to Jordan Williams-Lambert from seven yards out. The other Riders touchdown came from Nick Marshall on a one yard plunge.
Head Coach Chris Jones says it was a win that left him very proud of his squad
“There’s a lot of heart in that locker room right there.” Jones declared. “They’ve played together a lot and there’s tremendous character in that room. They’re a joy to be around.
Saskatchewan is now 5-4 on the season. Next up is the annual back-to-back games against Winnipeg starting with the Labour Day Classic September 2 at Mosaic Stadium.