Fifty-two points or one point, it doesn't matter to the Saskatchewan Roughriders. It probably doesn't matter much to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers either.
The Riders completed a sweep of the Bombers on Sunday with a nail-biting, gut-wrenching, cliffhanger of a game in Winnipeg which ended on a last-second 40-yard field goal by Rider kicker Sandro Deangelis. The Riders won the game 25-24 seven days after destroying their prairie rivals 52-0 on Labour Day in Regina. This game featured seven lead changes.
The fact is the Bombers were up 24-22 with 28 seconds to go and I wasn't sure rookie Rider quarterback Drew Willy could march his team down the field and give his team the chance to win. We'd seen Darian Durant do it many times before, but he was knocked out of this game with a hip injury.
No, I was starting to prepare for a long, blistering week back home if the Riders were to lose. They could have lost very easily, having taken double the amount of penalties Winnipeg did and losing the turnover battle as well. But Willy had other ideas and so did Deangelis, the most-accurate field goal kicker in CFL history.
Rod Pedersen is the Voice of the Saskatchean Roughriders on 620 CKRM. You can check out his award-winning blog at www.rodpedersen.com. Follow Rod on Twitter @sportscage.
|2||Blue Bombers||DE||Mulumba, Andy|
|3||Alouettes via EDM||LB||Edem, Mike|