The Riders made it six wins in their last seven games on Sunday in Montreal while strengthening their chance at having a home playoff game.
Zach Collaros threw for 394 yards and a touchdown as the Riders held off a pesky Montreal team 34-29 to improve their record to 9-5.
While Collaros threw for only one touchdown, he had two calls where officials ruled the receivers knee had hit just short of the goal-line resulting in Nick Marshall having to come in for two short-yardage scores.
Head Coach Chris Jones was happy to get the win and see the offence come through with one of their best performances if not their best of the year, but he says it was a game where they just couldn’t put their opponents away.
“Unfortunately they were very opportunistic with what we gave them in turnovers and missed coverages” Jones said. That allowed them to sneak back into the game. But we played well offensively. They also returned a punt, and that kept them in the game. Coach Sherman and his staff did a nice job with their game plan.
The win now leaves Saskatchewan four points behind Calgary for first in the West and four ahead of both Winnipeg and Edmonton for second. They will take on the Eskimos on Thanksgiving Monday in a 2 PM start.
- Receivers Kyran Moore & Shaq Evans both had 100 yard days as Moore caught nine passes for 126 yards and Evans had six catches for 114 yards
- Collaros’ 394 yards passing were the most by a Rider quarterback since September 4, 2016 when Darian Durant threw for 399 yards in a win over the Bombers
- The Riders had 32 first downs and were 15-25 on second down conversions
- The Riders sacked Montreal quarterback Johnny Manziel five times. Charleston Hughes had one of those sacks which was his first in three weeks.