Friday, September 15, 2017

Bridge Leads Riders To Victory In Hamilton

 Saskatchewan quarterback Brandon Bridge threw three touchdown passes in just his second career start, and the Roughriders held on to defeat the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 27-19 Friday night.

The 25-year-old got the official nod as the starter late Friday afternoon after Head Coach/General Manager Chris Jones had said all week that while Glenn's hand was healing from an injury suffered at the Banjo Bowl that he was day-to-day.

Bridge, who was the first Canadian to start at Riders at quarterback since Eric Guthrie in 1977,  is the first Canadian to pass for three TDs in a single game since Greg Vavra in 1984. He completed 21-of-31 pass attempts for 231 yards, three TDs and one fumble.

Devon Bailey, Bakari Grant, and Naaman Roosevelt scored for the Riders, who lost their top receiver Duron Carter early in the game to an ankle injury. Carter was one of several Riders who went down to injury with others like Otha Foster, Marcus Thigpen,  Mike Edem and Brendon Labatte going down during the night.

Saskatchewan improves to 6-5 and temporarily ties B.C. for fourth in the CFL West and a possible playoff crossover spot. The Riders also hold a game in hand.

Hamilton falls to 2-9, last in the East Division. The Ticats had five turnovers, totalling 17 points.

Hamilton had one last drive with 31 seconds left and had first-and-goal on the one with five seconds left thanks to a pass interference call against Saskatchewan. But the final play was a pass that went incomplete in the endzone and Saskatchewan held on.


Anonymous said...

Whose call was it to bring in a stone cold Vernon Adams and kill a nice drive?

Anonymous said...

What a gutty effort by Labatte. That's Saskatchewan Tough!!

Anonymous said...

Quality win, ugly win with a duct tape D at the end. How many of those injuries are serious? If its nicks, OK, but with Calgary here, it could be ugly next weekend if we have to put the 12 that ended the game back on the field to start next week.

peter dalla riva

Anonymous said...

New football regime really looks good on the Saskatchewan Roughriders, you can feel it, you can see it. Kudos to Mr.Reynolds, Mr.Jones, Mr.Murphy, plus on field associated staff for setting the Saskatchewan Roughriders franchise back to respectability while presenting a perenial team contender in a fashionable time frame onward to CFL Championships now and into the future. Thank you for your major league direction, true professional sports management to Saskatchewan Roughriders Football. Keep up the good work.

PS, This team rebuild definitely not happening under the last clueless regime.

Happy fan.

Anonymous said...

To Happy fan;

Marc Trestman in Toronto is going to prove you don't have to blow up a team to rebuild it in the CFL. Last year was a total waste by Jones.

Anonymous said...

Keep living in the past bub with the ways of the past rider loser regime. Mr.Jones and his Saskatchewan Roughriders Football management team on target for long term organization success.
PS, What Toronto does is on Gm Jim Popp, the man running the Argonaut show. Marc Trestman just one of his puppets on a string.

Happy Sk.Rrs fan.