Riders win Banjo Bowl with last second field goal
The Saskatchewan Roughriders escaped Winnipeg with a 25-24 win in the Banjo Bowl.
A crazy finish to the game allowed the Riders the chance to win with 28 seconds left. Back-up quarterback Drew Willy, who replaced an injured Darian Durant in the first quarter, moved the ball to the Winnipeg 31-yard line and Sandro DeAngelis made the game winning field goal as the Riders win back to back games against Winnipeg.
The Blue Bombers looked to have the game all wrapped up with under a minute to go and in field goal range but when the Riders stopped them at the 36-yard line the Bombers decided to punt, instead of kick a field goal.
Bombers Head Coach Tim Burke was looking to pin the Riders deep but the punt went through the end zone, giving the Riders the ball at their own 35-yard line.
Willy hit Kory Sheets for 10 yards and than Brooks Foster for 20 before scampering 9-yards himself to set up DeAngelis' kick.
The Banjo Bowl was a back and forth game for the entire 60 minutes.
The Riders started the scoring with a field goal following a Blue Bomber fumble on their first play of the game. Durant would leave the game a few plays later with a hip flexor. It is unclear how serious the injury is. There was talk he may have been able to return for the second half but was still on the limp to begin the third quarter.
The Bombers took the lead when Demond Washington took a punt 81-yards for the touchdown to make it 10-3 Bombers in the first quarter.
Willy would tie the game when he hit Kory Sheets on a screen pass. Sheets had a clear path to the end zone for the 33-yard score.
After the team traded field goals, the Bombers took a 14-13 lead into the half when Justin Palardy missed a field goal and Saskatchewan conceded the single.
Again, the Riders took the lead on a Kory Sheets touchdown. Sheets ran in from two-yards out after Drew Willy hit Weston Dressler for 28-yards down the sideline on the previous play.
After the Riders got a single point and a seven point lead, the Bombers chipped away with a pair of Palardy field goals to make it 21-20 midway through the fourth quarter.
The Riders had a chance to take a four point lead late in the fourth quarter after the Bombers Kenny Mainor took an unnecessary roughness penalty that would have left the Riders out of field goal range. DeAngelis missed but the single point the Riders would get became very important by the end of the game.
With 2:23 left in the game, the Bombers took the lead with a field goal. The Riders weren't able to move the ball and gave the Bombers the ball in good field position with under two minutes to go.
The Bombers moved the ball all the way down to the Riders 36 when Bombers Head Coach Tim Burke had the option to kick the field goal and force the Riders to score a touchdown with under 30 seconds or punt and pin the Riders back.
Burke decided to punt and will wear the goat horns in Winnipeg this week as the Riders made him regret that decision by moving the ball and kicking the game winning field goal.
The Riders improved to a 5-5 record and a tie for third in the West with the Edmonton Eskimos. The Bombers slip to 2-8.
In relief of Durant, Willy was 17 for 23 and 188 yards. He threw one touchdown and one interception and added 52 yards on the ground off of six carries.