Zach Collaros was as candid as could be when it came to the play of the Saskatchewan Roughriders offence following a rough night for himself and his football team as the green-and-white saw their four game win streak come to an end as they were beaten 30-25 by the Ottawa Redblacks in front of a sold-out crowd at Mosaic Stadium.
Try as they might, an offence that has struggled all year could not gain any traction thanks to penalties, dropped passes or something else the Riders simply could not move the football registering under 250 yards of total offence.
Collaros, who said he would have booed the team if he was a fan too after that effort, added if you want to blame someone, point the finger at him.
“There were plays to be made, but we all missed our fair share.” Collaros said. “The buck stops at me though. I haven’t seen the film yet, but you feel like you let the team down. It’s very frustrating. We had missed opportunities. Plays were there and we missed them.”
One play that had Collaros mad was an interception at the goal-line by Jonathan Rose. A play that came moments after a 3rd down pass to Kyran Moore that gained 40 yards to put the ball deep in Ottawa territory.
“I have to throw a better ball and make a better decision. We were down 14-10 at the time I think and when we get down with our kicker its a guaranteed three points.” Collaros said.”I just have to make a better decision there.”
Like his quarterback, head coach Chris Jones wasn’t going to sugarcoat this effort saying it was one that you can’t just hang on the offence because his defence allowed almost 500 yards as well including one touchdown drive where Trevor Harris took the team 109 yards.
Jones added it’s an effort that left a lot to be desired, but he couldn’t find a reason for the sluggish performance.
“It starts and ends with me.” Jones stated. “We’re a good football team, but tonight we didn’t play our best football so you can look right at me. The sky isn’t falling though.”
The loss drops the Riders record to 7-5. They will be in Toronto September 22 to take on an Argos team that is 3-8.
- The Riders first touch of the ball in each half was a touchdown. Marcus Thigpen took the opening kickoff back 98 yards to start the game while Kyran Moore took a punt back 90 yards to start the second half after Ottawa recorded a two-and-out to open the 3rd quarter. The last time the Riders did that was in 2003
- Naaman Roosevelt’s 4th quarter TD was the first touchdown by the offence in just over 118 minutes of action
- Mike Edem led the team in tackles with 9
- The Riders were trying for their first five game win streak since 2014