Here is the weekly Roughriders play-by-play. Very sorry for the delay. We had some issues with posting to the blog, but those have been resolved. Anyway, here goes ….
0:07: Luca Congi’s 63-yard kickoff is returned 36 yards by Tristan Jackson. Neal Hughes makes an early block to enable Jackson to get running room. Jackson is tripped up by Aaron Kelly at the Riders’ 48-yard line. (1-10, SK48)
0:27: Darian Durant hits Efrem Hill for a gain of 15. Hill, playing left wideout, is unguarded against zone coverage and catches the ball eight yards downfield. (1-10, H47)
0:49: Darian Durant finds Weston Dressler for 16 yards. Dressler and Chris Getzlaf are both in motion toward the right side. Getzlaf rubs out defensive halfback Bo Smith as Dressler gets open in the right flat and motors for first-down yardage (1-10, H31)
1:16: Darian Durant to Weston Dressler for eight yards. Dressler flares out of the backfield to the right, catches the ball, gets a good block from Terence Jeffers-Harris, and fights his way for eight yards. (2-2, H23)
1:58: Kory Sheets runs for five yards and a first down. Xavier Fulton with a nice block. (1-10, H18)
2:28: Darian Durant’s first-down pass for Chris Getzlaf is incomplete. Bo Smith grabs Getzlaf before the ball is thrown. No call. (2-10, H18)
2:52: Darian Durant to Efrem Hill for eight yards before he steps out of bounds. Shades of the first play from scrimmage. Hill is uncovered on the right side. (3-2, H10)
3:18: Drew Willy, in a short-yardage situation, pushes his way for five yards on third-and-two. He slides to the right and gets a good block from Ben Heenan en route to first-down yardage. Chris Best, lined up as a tight end of sorts on the right, also clears a lane in his first game of the season. (1-5, H5)
3:53: Darian Durant throws the ball out of bounds after being pressured by linebacker Jamall Johnson, who does not bite on a play-action fake to Kory Sheets. (2-5, H5)
4:34: Darian Durant to Efrem Hill for four yards. Hill runs a crossing route, going from left to right from the slot, and catches the ball at the one. Demetrice Webb with the tackle to prevent a touchdown. (3-1, H1)
4:52: Kory Sheets dives one yard for a touchdown, giving him at least one major in each of his first five CFL games, and six TDs overall. Riders drove 62 yards in 10 plays. Nice push up front, with Dominic Picard pinning defensive lineman Robert Rose. Saskatchewan leads 6-0.
5:11: Chris Milo’s convert gives Saskatchewan a 7-0 lead.
5:46: Chris Milo’s 60-yard kickoff is returned 20 yards by Chevon Walker. Tyron Brackenridge with the tackle. (1-10, H35)
6:06: Henry Burris flips the ball to Chris Williams on the right. Tristan Jackson with a sure tackle, limiting the gain to three. (2-7, H38.)
6:22: Henry Burris finds Andy Fantuz down the right sideline for 16 yards. Fantuz runs a wheel route against Tyron Brackenridge and makes a nice leaping catch before being pushed out of bounds. (1-10, H54)
7:13: Chevon Walker is stopped for no gain by Tyron Brackenridge, who shoots in untouched from the right and corrals the speedy ball-carrier. (2-10, H54)
7:28: Henry Burris scrambles for nine yards before being tackled by James Patrick. Burris isn’t pressured a great deal, but he sees a lane and takes off. (3-1, SK46)
7:59: Quinton Porter sneaks one yard for a first down. (1-10, SK46)
8:40: Henry Burris to Chevon Walker for six yards over the middle. Abraham Kromah with the tackle. (2-4, SK40)
9:17: Henry Burris to Onrea Jones for nine yards and a first down. Terrell Maze with the tackle. Jones runs an out to the right after lining up in the right slot. Chris Williams, lined up wide to the right, runs a bit of a rub and creates a momentary distraction for Maze. (1-10, SK31)
9:48: Henry Burris’s pass for Chris Williams is incomplete. The pass is low and slightly behind Williams, who is running a quick slant. Nick Graham is right there to provide coverage. Not much doing. (2-10, SK31)
10:28: Chevon Walker runs for six yards on second-and-10. Macho Harris with his first tackle as a Roughrider. (3-4, SK25)
10:46: Luca Congi with a 32-yard field goal to reduce Saskatchewan’s lead to 7-3.
10:54: Luca Congi’s 63-yard kickoff is returned 43 yards by Tristan Jackson. Mike McCullough with a nice block to help clear an alley. Kory Sheets, the other deep returner on the play, leads the way but doesn’t really block anyone. (1-10, 55)
11:30: Darian Durant’s pass for Weston Dressler is intercepted by Bo Smith at Hamilton’s three-yard line. Smith returns the ball three yards. Interesting play. Riders line up with four receivers on the right, with Kory Sheets as the far wideout. Durant fakes a handoff to Jock Sanders in the backfield and rolls right. Nobody is open, so Durant runs laterally to buy time. He seems Dressler down the right sideline and tries to float the ball over Smith, but the receiver is underthrown. (1-10, H36.)
11:42: Henry Burris’s deep pass for Sam Giguere is incomplete. Tristan Jackson suffers a knee injury on the play. (2-10, H36)
12:00: Henry Burris’s pass to Dave Stala is incomplete. The pass over the middle is high and Stala can’t bring it down. James Patrick with a hit after the ball arrives. (3-10, H36)
12:19: Josh Bartel’s 55-yard punt is returned 11 yards by Jock Sanders, who makes a nice move on Chris Rwabukamba after catching the ball and finds some room down the right sideline. (1-10, SK30)
12:51: Darian Durant is stopped for no gain by Demetrice Webb. Hamilton doesn’t fall for a quarterback draw. (2-10, SK30)
13:16: Darian Durant to Kory Sheets fo seven yards on second-and-10. Jamall Johnson with the tackle. Durant unloads the ball under pressure to a safety valve. (3-3, SK37)
13:36: Chris Milo’s 51-yard punt is returned one yard by Chris Williams before James Patrick makes the tackle. Patrick is the first man downfield and defeats a block. (1-10, H23)
14:27: Chevon Walker runs for seven on first down. Shomari Williams with the tackle. (2-3, H30)
14:49: Henry Burris to Andy Fantuz for 23 yards. Tyron Brackenridge with a missed tackle after Fantuz catches the ball in tight coverage. James Patrick with the tackle. (1-10, H53)
15:00: Chevon Walker runs for eight. Abraham Kromah with the tackle. (1-10, SK49)
0:15: Henry Burris looks for Onrea Jones. Pass is knocked down by Chris McKenzie, who steps in front of the ball. Terrell Maze nearly picks off the pass after the deflection. (3-2, SK49)
0:28: Josh Bartel punts 52 yards for a single. Riders lead Hamilton 7-4. (1-10, SK25)
0:48: Darian Durant’s pass for Efrem Hill is incomplete. Hill catches the ball but lands out of bounds. (2-10, SK25)
1:13: Darian Durant’s pass to Weston Dressler is incomplete. Dressler goes deep on a post pattern but Geoff Tisdale provides fine coverage. (3-10, SK25)
1:30: Chris Milo’s 33-yard punt is returned three yards by Chris Williams. Craig Butler, the first man down, trips up Williams. (1-10, H26)
1:45: Chevon Walker with a one-yard run. Tyron Brackenridge with the tackle. (2-9, H27)
2:08: Henry Burris’s pass to Onrea Jones is incomplete. Jones is open deep and the connection just misses. Jones slows down a bit as Burris steps up in the pocket. (3-9, H27)
2:19: Josh Bartel with a 54-yard punt. Riders’ Mike McCullough is called for holding. (1-10, SK19)
2:56: Kory Sheets runs for 13. Dominic Picard clears a lane up the middle. (1-10, SK32)
3:30: Darian Durant to Chris Getzlaf for 10 yards. Durant fakes a handoff and rolls to his right before finding Getzlaf. (1-10, SK42)
4:22: Darian Durant to Weston Dressler for 25. Dressler runs a quick post and Durant finds him. (1-10, H43.)
4:59: Darian Durant to Weston Dressler for 15 yards. Durant scrambles and finds Dressler on the right sideline. Great catch by Dressler, who stretches out to make the catch while keeping his right foot in bounds. Before the next play, Saskatchewan calls a timeout after Durant doesn’t like what he sees. (1-10 H28)
5:14: Darian Durant throws to Chris Getzlaf on a corner route on the left side of the end zone. Getzlaf is open behind Bo Smith but he can’t make the over-the-shoulder catch as the ball tails inside. (2-10, H28)
5:50: Darian Durant is sacked for a loss of 11 by left end Brandon Boudreaux, who goes wide on right tackle Patrick Neufeld and muscles his way toward Durant. The Tiger-Cats’ Greg Peach, causing trouble for left tackle Xavier Fulton, is also in the vicinity. (3-21, H39)
6:08: Chris Milo’s 47-yard field goal gives the Riders a 10-4 lead.
6:15: Chris Milo’s 61-yard kickoff is returned 30 yards by Sam Giguere. (1-10, H44)
6:53: Henry Burris to Chris Williams for 17 yards. Williams runs a short crossing pattern from right to left, eludes a diving Terrell Maze, and gets a first down. (1-10, SK49)
7:25: Chevon Walker runs for eight yards. Shomari Williams with the tackle. (2-2, SK41)
8:15: Henry Burris to Aaron Kelly for 10 yards. Tyron Brackenridge with the tackle. Burris with a bootleg before launching a low pass to Kelly. Andy Fantuz with a nice block on defensive end Brent Hawkins to buy time for Burris. (1-10, SK31)
8:51: Chevon Walker with a two-yard run. Abraham Kromah with the tackle. (2-8, SK29)
9:26: Henry Burris scrambles for nine yards and a first down. (1-10, SK20)
9:57: Henry Burris to Chevon Walker for nearly 10 yards and a first down. Abraham Kromah with the tackle after being isolated one-on-one on Walker, who runs a quick out. (2-inches, SK10.)
10:26: A holding penalty to Tim O’Neill negates a four-yard run by Henry Burris. (2-10, SK20)
10:45: Henry Burris throws to Onrea Jones in the end zone. Chris McKenzie knocks the ball away. (3-10, SK20)
11:03: Luca Congi’s 27-yard field goal reduces Saskatchewan’s lead to 10-7. (1-10, SK35)
11:29: Kory Sheets with a four-yard run. (2-6, SK39)
12:01: Darian Durant scrambles and barges his way for six yards and a first down. Durant breaks a tackle by Greg Peach and sells out for the first down. (1-10, SK45)
12:19: Darian Durant runs for nearly 10 yards. (2-inches, 55)
12:23: Kory Sheets runs four yards for a first down. Dominic Picard with the key block, pushing Greg Peach out of the way to clear a lane. (1-10, H51)
12:47: Darian Durant to Chris Getzlaf for 26 yards, who gets in behind Bo Smith and catches the ball near the sidelines to the right. (1-10, H25)
12:52: Kory Sheets with a one-yard run. Defensive tackle Robert Rose gets inside and blows up the play.
13:15: Darian Durant to Terence Jeffers-Harris for 18 yards, down to the Hamilton six. Durant gets rid of the ball quickly when faced with a safety blitz from Craig Ray. (1-6, H6)
13:37: Darian Durant’s pass to Jock Sanders is incomplete. Perfect matchup for the Riders. Jock Sanders, lining up in a slot position to the right, is isolated on a linebacker (Ray Williams). Sanders runs a quick out and is open at the one, but the pass is low and hits the turf at the three. (2-6, H6)
13:42: Darian Durant’s pass is knocked down at the line of scrimmage by Robert Rose. Chris Getzlaf is the intended receiver. Getzlaf ran a square-in route from the right side and was open. (3-6, H6)
13:44: Chris Milo’s 13-yard field goal gives Saskatchewan a 13-7 lead.
13:50: Chris Milo’s 58-yard kickoff is returned 22 yards by Sam Giguere. Scott McHenry with the tackle. (1-10, H39)
13:59: Chevon Walker runs for 15 before being tackled by James Patrick. Abraham Kromah, Keith Shologan and Chris McKenzie are left flailing. James Patrick with the tackle. (1-10, H54)
14:20: Henry Burris is sacked by Brent Hawkins for a five-yard loss. Hawkins, at left end, blows around right tackle Cody Husband and makes the sack. (2-15, H49)
14:42: Henry Burris to Sam Giguere for nine yards. (3-6, SK52.)
14:51: Josh Bartel punts 44 yards. Riders are called for illegal block. (1-10, SK6)
14:47: For some reason, the Riders hand off to Kory Sheets out of the shotgun formation from the six-yard line instead of taking a knee. (2-7, SK9)
15:00: Darian Durant takes a knee, as he should have on first down. End of first half.
0:06: Chris Milo’s 70-yard kickoff is returned 16 yards by Sam Giguere, who mishandles the ball. Abraham Kromah with the tackle. (1-10, H21)
0:54: Chevon Walker with a one-yard run. Keith Shologan with the tackle after fighting off centre Marwan Hage. (2-9, H22)
1:06: Henry Burris’s pass for Sam Giguere is incomplete. Burris has to hurry the throw in the face of pressure from Craig Butler, who is blitzing to the quarterback’s left. The Riders blitzed another non-import defensive back, Graig Newman, to Burris’s right, but that blitz was picked up. (3-9, H22)
1:18: Josh Bartel’s 56-yard punt is returned nine yards by Jock Sanders. (1-10, SK41)
1:40: Darian Durant to Weston Dressler in the right flat for close to 10 yards. Kory Sheets lines up at right wideout again. (2-inches, SK51)
2:18: Kory Sheets runs for three yards and a first down. Jamall Johnson with the tackle. (1-10, SK54)
2:39: Darian Durant’s pass for Weston Dressler is incomplete. From the right slot, Dressler gets behind defensive back Demetrice Webb and goes straight downfield. The pass is a few feet long as Dressler dives. (2-10, SK54)
3:27: Darian Durant to Kory Sheets for 22 yards and a first down. Durant dumps off the ball to Sheets, who eludes Jamall Johnson to get first down yardage. Rey Williams is also left reaching. (1-10, H34)
4:03: Darian Durant to Chris Getzlaf for three yards. Bo Smith with the tackle. (2-7, H31)
4:30: Darian Durant’s pass for Weston Dressler is knocked down by Demetrice Webb. Durant scrambles out of the pocket to his left and tries to drop the ball over Webb to Dressler on the sideline, but Webb leaps and knocks down the ball. (3-7, H31).
4:54: Chris Milo’s 39-yard kickoff return is wide to the left by about a yard. The ball sails through the end zone for a single that gives Saskatchewan a 14-7 lead. (1-10, H35)
5:44: Henry Burris to Onrea Jones for 17 yards. Jones finds a seam between Abraham Kromah and Nick Graham. Kromah with the tackle. (1-10, H52)
6:27: Henry Burris to Chevon Walker for 12 yards. Walker flares out of the backfield to the right and is unaccounted for by the Riders’ defence. Shomari Williams with the tackle. (1-10, SK46)
7:01: Henry Burris to Chris Williams for eight yards. Paul Woldu with the tackle. The Riders just hand Hamilton eight yards, basically. Williams is lined up on the far left. The closest defender, Woldu, is 11 yards away when the ball is snapped. Williams hooks up and gets eight. (2-2, SK38)
7:36: Henry Burris to Onrea Jones for seven yards and a first down. Paul Woldu with the tackle. More pitch and catch. Burris with play-action before finding Jones on a quick pass to the right. It appears that Tyron Brackenridge gets rubbed. (1-10, SK31)
8:07: Henry Burris to Dave Stala for 10 yards and another first down. Burris recovers after dropping the snap. James Patrick with the tackle. (1-10, SK21)
8:31: Henry Burris to Chris Williams for 21 yards and a touchdown. Williams, who is lined up opposite Nick Graham, runs a crossing route from right to left and is wide open. Graham is beaten immediately, and loses an angle due to congestion over the middle (an oficial is in the way, as are Andy Fantuz and Chris McKenzie). At the 18-yard line, near the left hash marks, Williams cuts back inside and loses Graham. Chris McKenzie gets a hand on Williams and that’s all. Ditto for a diving Paul Woldu. Saskatchewan leads 14-13.
8:46: Luca Congi’s convert creates a 14-14 tie.
8:55: Luca Congi’s 64-yard kickoff is returned 25 yards by Jock Sanders. (1-10, SK36)
9:12: Darian Durant throws a 74-yard touchdown pass to Taj Smith, who makes the most of his first CFL reception. Smith takes off down the right sideline and is wide open as Durant finds him. Smith is lined up on Geoff Tisdale, who bites on what he thinks will be a hitch pass to Weston Dressler in the right flat. Smith runs by him and catches the ball at the Hamilton 50. Touchdown gives Riders a 20-14 lead. On top of that, Hamilton’s Robert Rose is called for a face mask that will be assessed on the kickoff.
9:34: Chris Milo’s convert gives the Riders a 21-14 lead.
9:37: Kicking off from the Saskatchewan 50, Milo boots the ball four yards deep into the Hamilton end zone. Chevon Walker concedes a single. Riders lead 22-14. (1-10, H35)
9:58: Henry Burris’s deep pass to Onrea Jones is incomplete. Paul Woldu and Chris McKenzie provide double coverage. (2-10, H35)
10:27: Henry Burris to Onrea Jones for one yard. Tyron Brackenridge with the tackle. (3-9, H36)
10:36: Hamilton’s Jamall Johnson is penalized for illegal procedure. (3-14, H31)
10:43: Josh Bartel’s 44-yard punt is returned 10 yards by Jock Sanders. No yards penalty is declined. (1-10, SK45)
11:03: Darian Durant to Weston Dressler for six yards on a quick screen to the left. (2-4, SK51)
11:29: Darian Durant to Efrem Hill for 24 yards. Hill makes the grab over the middle, going from right to left on a crossing route against man coverage. (1-10, H35)
12:14: Kory Sheets with a three-yard run. Rey Williams steps in and prevents a long gainer. Dominic Picard, clearing from left to right, does not notice Williams. If the Riders get a helmet on Williams, it’s a big gain. (2-7, H32)
12:37: Darian Durant scrambles right and approaches first-down yardage before hook-sliding. Riders need four feet for a first down. After initially sending in the short-yardage team, the Riders call a timeout and then send in the field-goal unit. This is the second needless expenditure of a Saskatchewan timeout in this game. (3-1, H26)
13:05: Chris Milo’s 33-yard field goal gives the Riders a 25-14 lead.
13:11: Chris Milo’s 59-yard kickoff is returned six yards by Sam Giguere before Mike McCullough and Abraham Kromah conspire on a tackle. The tackle is officially, erroneously credited to Tyron Brackenridge. (1-10, H22)
13:33: Henry Burris’s pass to Andy Fantuz is incomplete. Shomari Williams drops deeep into zone coverage and bothers Fantuz. (2-10, H22)
13:57: Henry Burris’s pass to Chris Williams is incomplete. Burris has to throw the ball away as a blitzing Craig Butler exerts pressure. Butler has a hold of one of Burris’s legs as the ball is thrown. (3-10, H22)
14:06: Josh Bartel’s 45-yard punt is returned six yards by Jock Sanders. (1-10, SK49)
14:31: Darian Durant to Weston Dressler for 26 yards. Tack on an unnecessary roughness penalty to Chris Ray, who shoves the receiver when he’s out of bounds, and it’s a 41-yard advance. Durant finds Dressler, lined up in the left slot, on a quick crossing route. An official impedes the path of Bo Smith to the receiver (much like the Chris Williams touchdown). The middle is wide open because safety Carlos Thomas is blitzing. (1-10, H20)
14:58: Darian Durant to Jock Sanders for a 20-yard touchdown that gives the Riders a 31-14 lead. Sanders lines up in the backfield before moving to the left slot. Kory Sheets is lined up as the left wideout. Durant scrambles out of pressure to the left and finds Sanders at the five. Craig Ray misses a tackle and Sanders scampers in for his first CFL touchdown.
15:00: Chris Milo’s convert puts the Riders ahead 32-14.
0:02: Chris Milo with a 94-yard single on a kickof. Riders go ahead 33-14. (1-10, H35)
0:41: Henry Burris to Chris Williams for six yards. Paul Woldu with the tackle. Woldu gives Williams a 10-yard cushion off the line. Again, Williams hooks up and Hamilton takes a solid gain. (2-4, H41)
0:58: Hamilton left tackle Brian Simmons is called for illegal procedure. (2-9, H36)
1:34: Henry Burris to Sam Giguere for 52 yards. It’s a free play for Hamilton because Brent Hawkins is offside. Complicating matters, Odell Willis is called for roughing the passer after giving Burris a helmet to the chest. Hamilton’s net gain: 67 yards. Giguere gets behind Paul Woldu deep left and catches the ball on Saskatchewan’s 35-yard line before dragging the defender another 14 yards. (1-10, SK11)
1:44: Burris throws an incompletion. Marwan Hage is called for holding. Odell Willis and Chris Ellis provide pressure and force Burris to throw the ball away. Riders take the penalty. (1-20, SK21)
2:25: Henry Burris to Daryl Stephenson for 11 yards on a screen to the left. Abraham Kromah with the tackle. (2-9, SK10)
2:47: Henry Burris with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Onrea Jones to reduce Saskatchewan’s lead to 33-20. Jones runs a quick out to the right and is wiiiiiiiiide open for his first CFL touchdown. On the snap, Chris Williams is wide right, opposite Paul Woldu. Jones is in the slot right, with Terrell Maze opposite him on the one-yard line. Williams pushes up-field and Jones runs a quick route underneath. Maze is too far back and reacts late. Piece of cake, even though the Riders are rushing (get this) SEVEN.
3:04: Luca Congi’s convert reduces Saskatchewan’s lead to 33-21.
3:21: Luca Congi’s 65-yard kickoff is returned 31 yards by Jock Sanders. (1-10, SK41)
3:54: Darian Durant to Weston Dressler for six yards on a swing pass to the right. (2-4, SK47)
4:36: Darian Durant is sacked by Brandon Boudreaux, who forces a fumble. Rey Williams picks up the ball at the Riders’ 42 and motors 19 yards before being felled by Xavier Fulton. (1-10 SK23)
4:10: Henry Burris to Chris Williams on a crossing route for seven yards. Chris McKenzie with the tackle. (2-3, SK16)
4:24: Henry Burris to Dave Stala for a 16-yard touchdown that reduces Saskatchewan’s lead to 33-27. Burris fakes a handoff to Chevon Walker and takes a half-roll to his left. Chris McKenzie is pressuring, but Burris stands in and throws the ball to Stala in the front left corner of the end zone.
5:37: Luca Congi’s convert reudes the Riders’ lead to 33-28.
5:42: Luca Congi’s 58-yard kickoff is returned 11 yards by Jock Sanders. (1-10, SK28)
6:04: Darian Durant’s pass to Chris Getzlaf is incomplete. Durant looks for Getzlaf down the right sideline. As Getzlaf catches the ball, he is hammered by Matt Buckner. (2-10, SK28)
6:50: Darian Durant to Terence Jeffers-Harris for eight yards. Under pressure, Durant makes a long throw to the right sideline and finds Harris, who catches the ball and cuts inside. If he simply turns unfield after the catch, he likely gets a first down or is very close. Instead, a punt is prescribed. (3-2, SK36)
7:14: Chris Milo’s 52-yard punt is returned one yard by Chris Williams before Sam Hurl makes his 11th special-teams tackle of the year. (1-10, H23)
7:34: Henry Burris to Chris Williams for 14 yards. Paul Woldu forces him out of bounds. (1-10, H37)
8:17: Henry Burris to Chris Williams for 12 more yards on a crossing pattern. Nick Graham is caught in traffic (Andy Fantuz, Chris McKenzie) as Williams comes free over the middle. Abraham Kromah with the tackle. Riders rush four without success. (1-10, H49)
8:44: Henry Burris to Onrea Jones for 16 yards. Jones makes a tough catch in traffic as James Patrick lowers the boom. Abraham Kromah is also in the vicinty. Riders rush four and are unable to penetrate the pocket. (1-10, SK45)
9:15: Henry Burris to Sam Giguere for 15 yards. Gigure hooks up at seven yards, catches the ball, and heads upfield. Zone coverage is very soft. Paul Woldu with the tackle. (1-10, SK30)
9:56: Henry Burris to (who else?) Chris Williams for 13 yards. Nick Graham with the tackle. Yes, it’s another crossing route. Riders rush five and don’t get anywhere near Burris. (1-10, SK17)
10:34: Henry Burris runs 12 yards to the Riders’ five. Nicely designed play. The Riders bite on a fake handoff to Chevon Walker, after which Burris takes off to his right. Andy Fantuz, as a pseudo tight end on the right, feints inside before flaring out. This forces Tyron Brackenridge to choose between Burris and Fantuz. It’s a win-win for the Tiger-Cats. If Brackenridge goes after the quarterback, Fantuz is wide open. If Brackenridge goes with Fantuz, an alley is created. The latter scenario materializes and Burris has a clear path to the first down. (1-5, SK5)
11:17: Henry Burris to Chevon Walker for no gain. Abraham Kromah makes the tackle. (2-5, SK5)
11:34: Henry Burris’s pass for Sam Giguere in the end zone is incomplete. Paul Woldu with solid coverage. (3-5, SK5)
11:47: On third-and-goal from the five, Henry Burris hits Onrea Jones for a five-yard touchdown to put Hamilton ahead 34-33. Chris Williams lines up wide left, with Jones inside. It’s a pick or a rub … whatever. Williams heads inside and Jones zoops outside. Chris McKenzie is caught in traffic and Jones is wide open to the left.
12:08: After a time-count violation, Luca Congi’s convert gives Hamilton a 35-33 lead.
12:15: Luca Congi’s 63-yard kickoff is returned 22 yards by Jock Sanders. (1-10, SK34)
12:24: Darian Durant to Chris Getzlaf for 12 yards. Getzlaf comes over the middle and is open against Carlos Thomas. (1-10, SK46)
12:42: Darian Durant to Weston Dressler for nine. (2-1, 55)
12:57: Kory Sheets runs up the middle for eight and a first down. (1-10, H48)
13:13: Darian Durant to Jordan Sisco on the left for eight yards. (2-2, H40)
13:19: Darian Durant’s pass for Chris Getzlaf is incomplete. With left defensive end Jermaine McElveen crashing inside, Durant fakes a handoff to Kory Sheets. The primary receiver appears to be Weston Dressler, moving from left to right behind the line of scrimmage and flaring to the right. However, middle linebacker Rey Williams reads the play and makes a bee-line for Durant as Craig Ray rushes toward Dressler. Any window to get the ball to Dressler quickly closes. Hence, Durant looks for Getzlaf at the 31. The ball arrives around the same time as Bo Smith, who hits Getzlaf when the ball is about a yard away. The Riders maintain that pass interference is warranted. No call. In comes Chris Milo to attempt a field goal. (3-2, H40).
13:35: Chris Milo’s 48-yard field-goal attempt is just wide to the right. Chris Williams runs around and burns nine seconds before giving up the single. Hamilton clings to a 35-34 lead. (1-10, H40).
13:40: Odell Willis stops Chevon Walker for no gain. (2-10, H40).
14:05: Chevon Walker runs for four and out of bounds (with some assistance from Abraham Kromah, stopping the clock in a situation where the Riders are out of bounds. Walker is the early favourite for the CFL’s Marion Barber Award. This buys the Riders 20 seconds. Hamilton has to punt.
14:15: Josh Bartel’s 46-yard punt is returned 23 yards by Jock Sanders, who makes a great move on Nathan Kanya at the Riders’ 30 to get 13 more yards. (1-10, SK43)
14:21: Darian Durant’s pass for Chris Getzlaf over the middle is too high. Kory Sheets was open for a dump-off that might have produced first-down yardage. Efrem Hill is open on the left sideline near midfield. Annnnd, Weston Dressler has a step or two on a deep route, with Demetrice Webb chasing. Hill and Dressler are better options than Getzlaf on this play. (2-10, SK43)
14:26: Darian Durant’s pass for Chris Getzlaf is incomplete. The pass is behind Getzlaf. (3-10, SK43)
14:31: Darian Durant tries for Chris Getzlaf again. The pass hits the turf and Getzlaf is short of the first down, anyway. Booing is audible. (1-10, SK43)
14:35: Henry Burris takes a knee. (2-11, SK44)
14:58: Henry Burris takes a knee (3-13, SK48)
15:00: Henry Burris takes a knee. Game over.