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.