The Saskatchewan Roughriders have sole possession of second place in the West after a nail-biting 30-29 win in Toronto that came right down to the last play before being decided.
In a back-and-forth affair, the Riders had to watch Toronto kicker Zack Medeiros miss a game-winning 51 yard field goal before being able to secure their eighth win of the season.
Riders kicker Brett Lauther had given the green-and-white the lead with 80 seconds to play when he connected on a career-long 56 yarder.
Saskatchewan got a struggling offence going as they put the ball into the endzone three times. Zach Collaros threw a pair of touchdown passes to Jordan Williams-Lambert while Marcus Thigpen rumbled 82 yards in the second quarter.
Head Coach Chris Jones says it wasn’t a work of art, but he’ll take it.
“It wasn’t our prettiest performance but we’ll never apologize for a win.| Jones told 620 CKRM’s Luc Mullinder moments after the final gun. “We were fortunate to walk out with a win, but it was a win.
The win is the Riders fifth in their last six games and improves them to a record of 8-5. They will be in Montreal September 30 for a game against the Alouettes.
- Lauther had three field goals on the night. He is 39 for 42 on the season
- The 82 yard TD run by Thigpen was the longest TD run the team has had since the 2010 season
- Duron Carter was a non-factor in his first game against his old team. Carter did not catch a pass nor did he have one thrown his way in limited action
- Jordan Williams-Lambert now has 4 TD catches this year.