Stampeders hand Roughriders their fifth straight loss
The Saskatchewan Roughriders dropped their fifth straight game as the Calgary Stampeders jumped out to an early lead and held on for a 17-10 win.
The Stampeders were aided by a strong wind in the first quarter and took advantage, scoring on the first two possessions.
"That's where we lost it, in the first two drives," said defensive lineman Keith Shologan. "Completely on the defense?
Kevin Glenn hit Joe West for a 34-yard touchdown and followed that up with a 14-yard touchdown strike to Romby Bryant for the Stampeders to go ahead 14-0.
The Roughriders were able to move the ball but couldn't muster any points in the first half. That included a 48-yard missed field goal by Sandro DeAngelis in the second quarter.
Calgary ran the ball well in the first half as Jon Cornish had 117-yards by halftime.
The struggles continued for the Roughriders in the second half as the Stampeders jumped ahead 17-0 with a 34-yard field goal five minutes into the third quarter.
The Riders would eventually find a groove on offense late in the game. They marched down the field to kick a field goal with seven minutes left in the game. Just three minutes later, Kory Sheets found the end zone on a three-yard run to put the Roughriders to within a touchdown.
However, the Stampeders went back to the run game and were able to run enough time off the clock to kill any chance of a Riders comeback.
For the third straight game, the Roughriders Darian Durant was unable to throw a touchdown pass, instead he turned the ball over twice with a fumble and an interception.
After the game, head coach Corey Chamblin was overheard giving his players quite the talking to, and he wasn't happy.
"I shouldn't have to chew a team out," said Chamblin. "If I have to chew you out to get you going, then you're not self motivated."
Chamblin wasn't the only one sharing his thoughts after the game, when the locker room was opened up to reporters quarterback Darian Durant held a meeting with his receivers. The message from Durant was pretty clear, everyone has to start making plays.
"One of the things I said was, We were in the Grey Cup with less talent than what we have now," he said.
Durant did use his legs a lot more, running six times for 72-yards.
Jon Cornish ended up running the ball 24 times for 159-yards.
The loss drops the Riders to last in the West Division with a 3-5 record and will take on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in a battle of last place teams in the Labour Day Classic next Sunday.