THE CANADIAN PRESS
CALGARY -- Jon Cornish wasn't biting Thursday.
On Wednesday, Saskatchewan head coach Corey Chamblin guaranteed Cornish wouldn't surpass 100 yards rushing when the Riders host the Calgary Stampeders on Sunday. That didn't bother Cornish, who says he's all about wins, not rushing yards.
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"You win or you lose and that's the only thing that really matters,'' he said following Thursday's practice. "If I have five yards and we win, I'll be happy with that.
"I could care less what he has to say. I guess it could be almost unprecedented. Coaches have their various ways of trying to get in my head. To each his own.''
Calgary coach/GM John Hufnagel agrees.
"We're going out there to try to win the football game,'' he said. "I don't care if Jon Cornish gets one yard and we win.
"That's the only thing that our mindset is.''
A day earlier, though, Chamblin was very much to the point regarding Cornish.
"I will put the guarantee in the paper and say that Jon Cornish better not get over 100 yards rushing,'' Chamblin told reporters in Regina. "If he does, somebody won't be on that field come the next week. I'm going to tell you that right now.
"We're going to make a conscious effort to stop the run. If he's going to run the ball, he'd better be running through six tacklers on his back. There shouldn't be open gaps.''
Bold words, indeed, considering Cornish ran for 159 yards on 24 carries in Calgary's last game against Saskatchewan, a 17-10 win Aug. 25 at Mosaic Stadium. But the Riders held Cornish to 39 yards rushing on 11 carries in a 41-38 loss at McMahon Stadium on July 19.
"I don't really worry about what the other team does, I've always emphasized that,'' Cornish said. "It's about what we do.
"If we do everything right, I can't speculate about what they'll do. When you make guarantees and stuff, being an honourable man you have to follow through with it. Unfortunately, he made one that will negatively affect somebody.''
Stopping the 27-year-old Cornish won't be easy. The native of New Westminster, B.C., is the CFL's rushing leader with 880 yards and is a focal point of Calgary's offence.
"When you play the Calgary Stampeders, one of the areas that you want to make a point with your football team is trying to stop the running game,'' Hufnagel said. "We've been a good rushing team since I came on board.
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