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Recap: Winnipeg 0, Saskatchewan 52

CFL.ca Staff

REGINA -- Two touchdown grabs by Weston Dressler supported by a stellar outing by linebacker Tyron Brackenridge handed the Saskatchewan Roughriders a dominant 52-0 win over the visiting Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Sunday afternoon at Mosaic Stadium.

With the win, the Roughriders extended their Labour Day classic win streak to eight games over the Bombers.

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Dressler hauled in his two scores from QB Darian Durant, who left the game midway through the third quarter with an upper body injury. He did not return, forcing the Riders to insert backup pivot Drew Willy into the game.

Prior to Durant leaving, he completed 13 of his 19 passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns, prompting the Mosaic faithful to give him a standing ovation just before he exited the field.

Brackenridge, meanwhile, finished his best game as a Roughriders with three tackles, one interception and one punt block that he returned for a touchdown in the second quarter.

Sunday afternoon’s matchup marked the first of the season between the two bitter prairie rivals, as last season, the Blue Bombers were swept in the annual back-to-back outings by the Roughriders, as they were outscored by a whopping 73-30 margin.

The Bombers were hoping that a change in personnel on the sidelines would lead to better results on the scoreboard, as new head coach Tim Burke was making his debut in his new role following the dismissal of Paul LaPolice last Saturday.

Burke, who will also continue his duties as the team’s defensive coordinator, saw his defence hold strong against the Roughriders on their opening possession.

After the Riders successfully earned a pair of first downs thanks to two completions by Durant to receivers Chris Getzlaf and Jock Sanders, the Bombers defence stepped up, with safety Ian Logan dropping Durant in the backfield for an eight-yard loss.

The sack would ultimate force the drive to stall, leading to a 50-yard field goal by Sandro DeAngelis to give the Riders an early 3-0 lead.

But the defence wouldn’t be able to contain the Saskatchewan offence for long.

On the Green’s next possession, Durant led a furious 10-play, 92-yard drive that was capped off by a 25-yard touchdown by Dressler, that sent the capacity crowd at Mosaic into a frenzy.

The major strike marked the first since Week 7 for Durant, and the first since Week 4 for Dressler.

Following another drive in which the Bombers offence was unable to develop any traction, with running back Chad Simpson and QB Joey Elliott both unable to produce move the ball into Riders territory for a second-straight possession, the Durant-Dressler combination struck again.

With Durant seemingly moving the ball at will deep into Bombers territory, the 30-year-old pivot found his most reliable receiver in the endzone yet again, this time connecting for a 21-yard score.

Durant put together a near-perfect performance in the first quarter, as he completed 10 of his 12 passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns.

Dressler, meanwhile, hauled in three of those passes for 53 yards.

While the Riders offence stole the show in the opening frame, the special teams unit decided to make an appearance shortly after the second got underway.

After a two-and-out by the Bombers, punter Mike Renaud entered the game for what would be his third punt of the game. However, Roughriders linebacker Tyron Brackenridge busted through the line and blocked Renaud’s attempt only to recover it and carry it 15 yards untouched into the endzone, handing Saskatchewan a 24-0 lead.

Winnipeg's trouble on special teams would continue midway through the second quarter, as Renaud would bobble the snap on his next punt attempt, forcing him to scramble away from pressure and connect on a short kick with his left foot.

Durant Leaves Game

Roughriders QB Darian Durant was forced out of the game midway through the third quarter after taking a hard hit while rushing out of the pocket. He would, however, return to the sidelines, stating that it was simply for precautionary reasons.

The solid field position that arrived as a result of the rushed punt would lead to a second field goal by DeAngelis, as he connected from 30 yards out to give the Riders a 28-0 strangle hold over the visiting Bombers.

With less than two minutes remaining, Elliott and the Bombers offence would finally begin to create some traction, as he would cross into Roughriders territory for the first time of the half.

However, with Burke opting to leave the offence on the field facing a third-and-short situation from the Saskatchewan 47-yard line, the Bombers would be called for false start penalty, forcing Renaud to punt once again.

The second half got underway with the Bombers hoping to begin chipping away at what seemed like an insurmountable deficit that had been built by the Riders in the first 30 minutes.

After the Riders received the ball to start the third, however, it appeared as though they had very little intention on slowing down, as they started their second half much like they began their first; with DeAngelis connecting on a 45-yard field goal to extend his team’s lead to 31.

On that same drive, the Riders ran into some injury trouble as Durant was hit hard while rushing outside of the pocket.

It was later announced that he left the sidelines in favour of the locker room, and would be doubtful to return to the game.

On Winnipeg’s next possession, the Riders continued their stellar play without the ball, as Brackenridge’s big day continued with an interception that he returned 39 yards to the Winnipeg 21-yard line.

The Riders would take advantage of the opportune field position, with DeAngelis connecting on his fourth field goal of the afternoon, this time splitting the uprights from 30 yards out.

The beatdown would continue at Mosaic, as Willy would make his mark on the afternoon.

The 26-year-old pivot put together a nice march upfield that was capped off by a 43-yard touchdown toss to receiver Terence Jeffers Harris to increase Saskatchewan's lead to a monstrous 42.

It was Harris' first major of the year, and first since 2011 when he was a member of the Blue Bombers.

After DeAngelis connected on another field goal, extending Saskatchewan's lead to 45, the Riders would add to their already-monstrous lead with another touchdown, as Willy punched on in from one-yard out, giving the Riders a 52-0 lead.

Next Week:
These two teams close out their back-to-back regular season series with a return date at Canad Inns Stadium when the Bombers host the Roughriders. BUY TICKETS.

Fan Comments
als rule
OBR you serious? your post is insulting to you!! shows the lack of understanding on your part!! so take your own advice and learn how to correctly understand what you read before you attempt to challenge someone while showing NO class!!
September 04, 2012 - 3:33pm
AR .......You certainly have a way with words when it comes to setting the record straight!!
September 04, 2012 - 4:42pm
als rule
nuff with the kumbyiah!!
September 04, 2012 - 11:48pm
als rule
well well!! 1st N7 "hit hard" LOL LOL LOL SORRY NO!!
September 04, 2012 - 2:33pm
One thing needs to be said: FIRE JOE MACK.
September 03, 2012 - 12:14pm
I would think that Joe Mack has been asking all week, for devine intervention in his favour, for the return game this coming weekend.
And without such intervention, I believe that the already growing support being expressed, for your position, will take on an exponential growth.
September 05, 2012 - 12:27am
The Riders played with energy, heart, and skill on Sunday and for a change, the giver-of-the-breaks was smiling on them. The Bombers played less well in all of the previous named areas and the GOTBs was definitely not smiling on them.
But maybe the 'quality of the play' and 'getting the breaks' are somewhat complementary!
The win for the Riders was much needed but, a humiliating defeat was a sad outcome for the Bombers ...... and the excitment which comes in watching a close game was totally lacking.
I'm not a Bomber fan but I hope that Tim Burke can rally his players for a better showing next week-end... not better enough to win... but certainly enough to avoid another blow-out.
But this is the CFL and anything is possible!!
September 03, 2012 - 10:47am
I said in the article about the coaching change that I had been getting worried about the Bombers after the Hamilton game and the great effort against BC. And I also said that with the pointless and poorly timed coaching change just as the corner was being turned, the Bombers were in for trouble all over again. 52-0. I'd say that was about right.
September 03, 2012 - 6:33am
Big time smack-down!! Wonder how the BB's will respond to this embarrassment next week. Should reveal something about the team's pride and character.
September 02, 2012 - 11:25pm
Stated in a previous article that this was a must win for Winnipeg. This should keep the "temporary" status on Burke's coaching status.

Somewhere Mr. LaPolice has a smirk on his face.
September 02, 2012 - 10:27pm
I doubt that Paul LaPolice has a 'smirk' on his face .... he invested too much time and energy in the Bombers' players and team to wish them to be humiliated in their blow-out from the Riders.
He may feel some vindication re Joe Mack's decision, and like some CFL fans may have taken some satisfaction in watching Joe Mack's face as he paced the sidelines on Sunday!
September 03, 2012 - 10:28am
als rule
September 03, 2012 - 6:43pm
You might be right, but I'll go against the grain sticking with my initial theory that LaPolice was thinking differently.
September 04, 2012 - 4:08pm
Oh my. Perhaps Winnipeg should have retained Wayne. Oh well, water under the bridge. Suck it up and get ready for next week. Gotta be better. Go Blue Bombers!
September 02, 2012 - 9:11pm
Even more lopsided than the Als-Esks game. Congratulations to the Riders. They looked very good in this win. I hope that Darian Durant is truly o k after that hard hit. Although it isn't all his fault, Joey Elliott has gone downhill with each game since his first as a starter. It's got to be hard on his confidence. Let's hope that the apparently disorganized Bombers don't end up completely sinking a potentially good CFL qb's career.
September 02, 2012 - 8:19pm
als rule
bombers reminded me today of the 2011 riders after they fired HC greg marshall!! so bomber fans your in for a long season and it all started cause your new stadium still wasn't finished!! must have gotten the crew that build montreal's olympic stadium!! LOL LOL LOL
September 02, 2012 - 7:32pm
Huh? Under Greg Marshall the team was 1-7. After he left, despite being demoralized they went 4-6. Here's a suggestion: Make sure when you watch a football game that you sit directly in front of the TV set facing towards it with an unobstructed view. Then have a patient companion who will explain to you what's happening no matter how long it takes.
September 03, 2012 - 5:57pm
Wow OBR ... you hit hard!!
September 03, 2012 - 9:49pm
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