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Recap: Edmonton 1, Saskatchewan 17

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REGINA – It was a battle of which defence was going to hold on longer and when the final whistle blew it was the Saskatchewan Roughriders holding onto a 17-1 win over the Edmonton Eskimos in front of 31,459 at Mosaic Field in Regina.

It has been a defensive battle from the beggining with both teams combining for 10 quarterback sacks. 

Both offences got off to a sluggish start with penalties taking centre stage but the Riders would get on the board first with under a minute left in the opening quarter when K Chris Milo hit a 32-yard field goal to put Saskatchewan up 3-0.

The Eskimos passing game just couldn’t seem to get in a rhythm, leading to starter Steven Jyles being pulled midway through the second quarter for backup Kerry Joseph.

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No stranger to Rider Nation, Joseph remains a hero in Regina after leading them to a Grey Cup Championship and earning a Most Outstanding Player award back in 2007.

Jyles tried numerous times to stretch the Riders defence, throwing deep balls that either sailed just over or just under his intended receivers.  He finished the first half with 26 yards on only 3 of 10 passing.

After his first drive stalled, Joseph had great field position – after the Riders were pinned deep – scrimmaging from the Saskatchewan 37 yard line but after the first rushing attempt by Hugh Charles was snuffed out by the Riders d-line, DE Brent Hawkins pounced on a fumble to put Darian Durant at the home offence back on the field.

They too were confused by the Eskimos defence as after trading punt singles and the Eskimos conceding a safety, the teams went into halftime with the Riders up by a narrow 4-1 margin.

Jyles returned to start the second half and led an impressive drive to start but the Esks’ best chance to put more points in the board to that point was taken away when Grant Shaw missed a long field goal, sailing it wide right.

The defences continued to dominate heading into the fourth quarter with the two clubs combining for 8 quarterback sacks as the third frame came to a close.

Jyles' tough night continued when he was hit hard on three consecutive plays and left the game with just under nine minutes left.  Joseph returned to take over the Edmonton offence.  It is not certain whether Jyles left because of injury or a lack of production.

Joseph would concede the Riders' sixth sack of the game and with 2:12 left in the game, Sheets wiould ice the game for Saskatchewan by taking a handoff off-tackle and bursting 34 yards for the game's one and only major.

Any hope of an Eskimos comeback was dashed on Edmonton's next possession when Joseph missed his intended target and was picked off by the Riders' Craig Butler which set up a Chris Milo field goal to confirm the 17-1 win.

Fan Comments
The esks D lasted as long as they could possibly ba asked to getting absolutely no help fro the Offense.
July 10, 2012 - 1:51am
I don't know who the Riders gave the game ball to, but it should go to whoever is the conditioning coach. In the fourth quarter, the Riders still looked fresh, but the Eskimos were dragging their butts.
July 09, 2012 - 3:08pm
The fact that the Edmonton offense is based on key players who were Rider cast-offs showed its effect yesterday - Jyles, his-back-up Kerry Joseph, who was allowed to be cherry-picked by Toronto in 2008 in the mistaken belief the cornerstone franchise needed the most outstanding QB at the time, plus Hugh Charles and Carey Koch just proved that what was kept on offense was better than what was let go. No wonder the Esks helmets were mostly green yesterday.
July 09, 2012 - 2:09pm
What an embarrassment...this is what happens when you trade away a veteran quarterback who is the heart of your team. For all those who were talking last week about how Tillman made the right decision, well, take a look at who's the league's leading quarterback. So much for all those "Jyles spoils Ray's homecoming" headlines. Thank goodness for a mighty EE defense, but this might be a long season...
July 09, 2012 - 4:17am
Nice to see fans here appreciating a defensive game.

17-1 is a rare result for CFL. I love it.

IMO the constant demand for higher scoring come from uneducated fans.
July 09, 2012 - 2:54am
i get what you're saying but i think what made this game so unbelievably dull was the back and forth 2-and-outs and punting the entire game. what a sleeper.
July 09, 2012 - 7:46pm
Rider’s defense . . . . ok… a mention of Hawkins’ fumble recovery and Butler’s INT, but other than that, I don’t see one name of a Rider defensive player. I see a lot written about Jyles this and Joseph that. They lost the game right?
July 08, 2012 - 11:11pm
Willis and the gang were having a field day in the esks backfield as far as I could see
July 09, 2012 - 2:50pm
Rider’s defense . . . . ok… a mention of Hawkins’ fumble recovery and Butler’s INT, but other than that, I don’t see one name of a Rider defensive player. I see a lot written about Jyles this and Joseph that. They lost the game right?
July 08, 2012 - 11:10pm
Awesome "D" by both teams. Offence better step it up if Sask. wants to go to the playoff's. Esk "O" was really bad. Sask "O" only moderately bad. Think that was mostly because the Esk "D" played a hell of a game. Hats off to the fans in the stands. Made life miserable for the Esk "O".
July 08, 2012 - 10:56pm
For anyone who likes to see dominating defence, this was a GREAT game. I can only hope that my Ti-Cats can develop a D like either of those on view tonight.
July 08, 2012 - 10:25pm
Amen to that. Combined with the great offense, that would make them almost unstoppable. But it remains to be sen if they can be as dominant. Still a work in progress.
July 09, 2012 - 4:04pm
battle of defenses. again the Esks D kept them in the game as long as they could but a different outcome this week. The short dump offs were taken away and downfield passes were not even close. The book is in on the Esks offense and when they come up against another good D you see the outcome 1 point OUCH! The riders stuck to their plan and finally broke through.
I noticed a lot more fullback play from both teams in thesecond half opposed to the 5 receiver single back set
July 08, 2012 - 10:14pm