THE CANADIAN PRESS
CALGARY -- Nik Lewis would rather have won the game in a less heart-wrenching fashion.
Lewis caught the last of his three touchdowns in overtime as the Calgary Stampeders rallied from a 17-point fourth quarter deficit for a 41-38 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Thursday.
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"We've lost some close games,'' said Lewis, whose team snapped a two-game losing streak with the thrilling victory. "We finally came back and won a close game. Fans with heart problems are probably dying right now, so we need to get out of these close games and just play complete games.''
Calgary coach and general manager John Hufnagel praised his veteran receiver for coming through in the clutch once again for the Stamps (2-2).
"Nik's had an outstanding year so far,'' Hufnagel said. "He's been solid. He's worked awfully hard and he's healthy and we need him to continue to play at that high level.''
Larry Taylor also had a touchdown reception, Rene Paredes kicked four field goals, while Calgary also recorded a safety.
Calgary quarterback Kevin Glenn completed 27 of 42 passes for 385 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions one week after throwing a costly late interception during a 33-32 road loss to the Montreal Alouettes.
"I wasn't surprised at all,'' said Hufnagel in regards to Glenn's bounce-back performance. "Kevin is a veteran quarterback that can win football games and is an active passer.''
Glenn said the comeback victory as very satisfying.
"It shows a lot of character from the guys in this locker room of sticking together and still fighting and beating a very good team out there,'' Glenn said. "The one thing that we want to do is always stay in the game and stay positive and I think that's what we did on the sidelines.''
Kory Sheets ran for a pair of touchdowns for the Roughriders (3-1), who had the first possession in overtime, but had to settle for a 50-yard field goal by Chris Milo.
Saskatchewan's Chris Getzlaf and Weston Dressler caught touchdown passes from starting quarterback Darian Durant, while backup QB Drew Willy threw a TD pass to Neal Hughes.
Durant went 20 for 38 for 238 yards with two touchdowns, but also threw a costly interception to Calgary linebacker Malik Jackson late in the fourth quarter that resulted in Glenn tossing a 20-yard touchdown to Tucker on the next play.
"You can't turn the ball over right there in that part of the field,'' Durant said. ``They scored the very next play to cut it to three. Then it was like a snowball effect from there. I put it on my shoulders.''
Notes: Heading into the contest, home teams had won 12 of 13 games so far this CFL season and 12 in a row, a streak that ended with Calgary's loss. ... The Riders had gone three straight games without a turnover before Jackson picked off Durant in the fourth quarter. ...