Thursday, June 22, 2017
Alouettes 17 Riders 16
It looked like the Riders were going to win their season opener in Montreal, but a 44 yard FG attempt by Tyler Crapigna on the game's last play sailed wide right as the Alouettes won 17-16 in a game the green-and-white should have won.
Darian Durant threw for two touchdown passes in the win and told TSN's Matthew Sciantti after the game that the football gods are what pushed Crapigna's attempt wide because they know what happened shouldn't have ended the way it did. Durant was extremely enthusiastic after winning the opening game of the season as he hopped around the field celebrating while appearing to yell something towards the Riders bench most likely at Chris Jones.
Kevin Glenn threw one touchdown pass, and it was a controversial one as Bakari Grant appeared to have fumbled as he hit the goal-line, but the refs after review called it a touchdown.
Nic Demski had a break-out game for the green-and-white as he caught 7 passes.
The Riders are back in action July 1 versus Winnipeg at Mosaic Stadium as the first official CFL game is played at the team's new 278 million dollar home.
Thoughts on the game and other topics will be found in the usual "This and That" column which will appear on Saturday morning.