REGINA -- It's over and done with.
Thanks to a 52-0 rout over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Sunday afternoon, the Saskatchewan Roughriders can now focus on gaining some much needed momentum, rather than thinking about ending their five-game losing skid.
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"Our guys are hungry,'' said Saskatchewan head coach Corey Chamblin. "They needed this. This is the one we really needed to move on.''
Saskatchewan received exceptional efforts from all parts of their lineup, especially from the team's leaders.
Offensively, it was quarterback Darian Durant leading the charge, as the 30-year-old completed 13 of his 19 passes for 168 yards and two touchdown passes. Durant was also effective on the ground, as he tacked on 38 more yards on four carries.
The pivot was forced out of the game in the third quarter after taking a hit while rushing the ball. However, Chamblin stressed it was simply for precautionary reasons.
Defensively, the Riders were led by linebacker Tyron Brackenridge. The second-year Rider registered three tackles and an interception on the defensive side of the ball, and added a crucial blocked punt that he returned for a touchdown.
The complete effort was something that had been lacking in recent weeks for the Riders, leaving Chamblin very impressed with his club's performance.
"We would win in a couple of phases, each one would take its turn,'' said Chamblin. "But today we won in all phases.''
The Blue Bombers, meanwhile, were left searching for answers.
"We have to move on to the game next week,'' said Bombers QB Joey Elliott, who completed nine of 19 passes for only 61 yards with one interception. His reliever Alex Brink was also ineffective, completing five of seven passes for 35 yards.
"When the wheels fall off, the wheels fall off,'' said Elliott. "It's going to happen. The best thing about it is that we've got another game in seven days.''
Sunday's matinee matchup marked the first in the post-Paul LaPolice era, as new Head Coach Tim Burke made his debut on the Winnipeg sidelines.
Suffice to say, it wasn't the introduction he may have envisioned.
"I'm not used to getting my ass kicked,'' Burke said. "We got down early and the score snowballed. I can't think of any aspect of the game that we won,'' he added.
The two teams meet again in Winnipeg next Sunday in the Banjo Bowl.
Burke, for one, is hoping for better results.
"All I can do is try my best,'' he said. "We've got to dig down deep and pull out the best performance we can find.''