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101st Grey Cup Recap: Hamilton 23, Saskatchewan 45
Derek Mortensen/ Staff

REGINA -- Rider Nation is in full celebration Sunday night, as the Saskatchewan Roughriders captured the 101st Grey Cup Championship thanks to a 45-23 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Mosaic Stadium in Regina.

Kory Sheets earned Most Valuable Player honours as he broke Johnny Bright’s single-game record for yards in a Grey Cup game with 197, while Chris Getzlaf took home Most Valuable Canadian thanks to several timely catches.

The party started early for the Riders’ faithful, who jumped out to a 31-6 first-half lead en-route to becoming the third straight team to win the championship on home turf.

After getting a two-and-out defensively to get the crowd into it early, the Riders had some trouble on offence out of the gate. Durant had the ball knocked out of his hands on a second-down play, and while the offence recovered and punted the Ticats took over possession at midfield.

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Burris and co. managed one first down, before settling for a 45-yard field goal from Luca Congi to give the Ticats a 3-0 lead.

It took a touch of good luck to get the Riders offence clicking, as Durant scrambled on second down and had the ball knocked loose again – this time only to be recovered by Sheets in the open field. He sprinted 42 yards to move into enemy territory, before running out of room and being knocked out of bounds.

After Durant moved the chains with his legs on a play-action bootleg, the dual-threat pivot went to the air to Simon in single-man coverage for a 15-yard touchdown pass. Riderville erupted, as the home team took a 7-3 lead on the strength of a seven-play, 75-yard scoring drive over 3:06.

The Riders added a field goal to their lead on the strength of a 20-yard boot by Chris Milo, on a drive highlighted by a 38-yard hookup by Durant and Chris Getzlaf on a second-and-long play.

But they weren’t done there. After Burris couldn’t handle the snap and the Ticats were forced to punt, a 15-yard penalty for no yards set Durant and the Saskatchewan offence up with another short field.

Needing 11 yards on second down, Durant hit Getzlaf again to move the chains, before connecting with Weston Dressler and Rob Bagg for two more first downs to the Hamilton 19. Sheets then found more space to the outside for a 15-yard gain, leading to a Jock Sanders three-yard plunge up the middle to give the Riders a 17-3 lead.

The Ticats dodged a bullet after fumbling and losing the ball deep in their own end, thanks to a fumble by Durant on the ensuing possession. But the Roughriders got the quick stop and the ball back in response, and continued to push the ball downfield.

Another long completion to Getzlaf for 29 yards moved the Riders to the one, where Sheets punched it in for his first touchdown of the game to give Saskatchewan a 24-3 lead.

A 48-yard completion to Bakari Grant on the next drive led to a 24-yard field goal by Congi, cutting the Ticats’ deficit to 24-6. But it wasn’t to last.

Sheets continued to his dominant half, going for sprints of 18 and 15 yards respectively. That set-up another big play through the air, as Durant found the league’s all-time yards leader Simon for a 42-yard touchdown.

Before a stunned visitors’ sideline at Mosaic Stadium, the Riders suddenly had a 31-6 lead and by the end of the first half the celebration for Rider Nation was already under way.

The Ticats’ defence settled down in the third quarter, holding Saskatchewan’s high-powered attack at bay.

After throwing an interception earlier, Burris finally took advantage of a blocked punt and short field with less than three minutes remaining in the quarter.

First he went to Fantuz for an 11-yard pickup, before doing the rest himself for an 18-yard touchdown run to cut the deficit to 31-13. They built on the possible momentum swing with a quick two-and-out on defence, returning the offence to the field with possession at their own 51.

After a 25-yard completion from Burris to Tasker, the Ticats added 33-yard field goal by Congi to make it a 31-16 game, cutting their deficit to two scores heading into the final quarter.

But in the final quarter the Riders finally put the foot on the gas once and for all, thanks to some downhill running by Sheets. He bolted for long runs of 21 and 16 yards to pull the Riders from deep in their own end, then when the Ticats finally did get a stop they committed a 15-yard penalty for roughing the kicker.

Durant and the offence took full advantage, as the veteran quarterback found Durant for a long gain down the goal line, and Sheets finished things off with a 4-yard touchdown to give the Riders a 38-16 lead with just five minutes left in the game.

Dessler hauled in a 26-yard catch just a minute later to add to the RIders' lead, marking Durant's third touchdown pass of the game.

This was the Roughriders fourth Grey Cup in franchise history and first since 2007.

Fan Comments
Allan Warner
Thank-you Geroy! Saskatchewan loves you!
November 26, 2013 - 8:53pm
I have to admit I had my doubts during the second half of the season, with the inconsistent offence and Calgary looked so good all year. However, when it came to when it really counted, they played up to their potential. Congratulations to DD, he finally has the monkey off his back. Congrats to the rest of the team, the coaches, and GM Brendan Taman who put the pieces all together and made it fit. An honorable mention to the B.C. Lions, who gave the Riders enough of a scare in the Western Semi to raise their gave to another level. Congrats to Rider Nation and the province as a whole, who stuck with their team through the good and bad parts of the season, and behaved themselves after the game on the green mile. Finally, congrats to me, this win at home will finally eradicate those ghosts of the past, 1972,1976,2009, all grey cups we should have won. Those demons have been exorcised and will never haunt me again. What a league! What a team! What a season! What a WIN!!!
November 25, 2013 - 3:06pm
als rule
brendan taman was run out of winnipeg on a rail by the bomber brass and their fans so this GC victory must be REALLY SWEET for him!!
November 26, 2013 - 7:08pm
I guess you have to host a GC to win one! (Just joking, congratulations Riders, you played a fine game.) I'm proud of the 'Cats for getting to the GC although I expected a closer game. Now, I'm hoping for a good 1014 season. I also hope mgmt is thinking O-line, O-line, O-line. RBs & QBs aren't doing much without a good one.
November 25, 2013 - 12:46pm
Congratulations to the Saskatchewan Roughriders for their victory at home in the Grey Cup. They were decisively the better team.
November 25, 2013 - 9:47am
Congrats to the Roughriders. You guys earned it. As a Hamilton fan I was sincerely happy just to see them in the Grey Cup. A nice foundation to build on. As a new CFL fan I can't wait for next year!!
November 25, 2013 - 4:18am
I'm so proud, I think I'm going to cry! What a moment for a truly iconic and great organization.
November 25, 2013 - 3:23am
parents got me grey cup tickets for my birthday almost a year ago, got to see Tom hanks 100 feet away on the field, grey cup came down my stairway as they brought it to the field, could have touched it if I reached just a little bit. best of all, my team won...amazing!! My parents are the best :)
November 25, 2013 - 1:55am
Sorry - forgot to edit before posting - The Ticats fought hard to even be at the Grey Cup. Just sorry that they couldn't keep the score closer!
November 25, 2013 - 12:57am
Congratulations, Riders! Simply too strong today. A great season followed by an outstanding playoff run. I feel so good for many in the Green Team but no-one more than Darian. He has been a superb leader and totally deserves this. Well done, TiCats. Not your year this year but you'll be back. Now, time to partyyyyy!!!! Go Riders, Go!
November 24, 2013 - 11:49pm
I can't believe some of the "fansite" forums are saying this was rigged. Some of these so called "fans" need to realize that nothing is rigged. the better team won. don't hate because your team didn't even make the playoffs or lost to the Riders. grow a pair and move on
November 24, 2013 - 11:49pm
small town argo
They said the same thing about the Argos last year. Some fans are ridiculous and really aren't fans of the CFL. Congratulations Saskatchewan on your win!! And Congratulations Hamilton on representing the East!
November 25, 2013 - 11:11am
And as a part of the rigging, I assume that the Ti-Cats, because of Kent Austin's association with the Riders, were also selected at the beginning of the season to be in the Cup!!
That would then make the the playoff games between the Ti-Cats and the other Eastern teams just a charade also!
So now with that part of the puzzle in place, the 'rigging conspiracy' seems plausable to me.... NOT!!
November 26, 2013 - 7:43pm
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