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The Roughriders and Stampeders met on three occasions during the 2012 regular season, with Calgary taking two of the three matchups by a combined 83-78 margin. The Stamps won the first two meetings of the season, including a thrilling overtime decision in Week 4 that gave the Riders their first loss of the year. However, the Riders sent a message in their most recent encounter, with a convincing 30-25 victory.

Wild West: Stamps win OT thriller over Riders
Kevin Glenn hooked up with Nik Lewis for a 16-yard touchdown in overtime, giving the Stampeders a thrilling victory over the Roughriders.

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Joe West recorded a major on his first career reception and Jon Cornish had another stellar day as the Stampeders left Mosaic with a 17-10 win over the Roughriders.
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Riders hold off late surge for win over Stamps
Riders QB Darian Durant threw two touchdowns, while the defence limited Jon Cornish to 67 rushing yards, as the Riders held on fora 30-25 win.
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Cornish, Stamps prepping for cold conditions - The Calgary Stampeders and Saskatchewan Roughriders are no strangers to playing big games in cold weather, something they may have to contend with Sunday. Stephen: Stamps must control turnovers - CFL.ca's Mark Stephen explains that while the Stamps are getting healthier, controlling the giveaway-takeaway can only help when going up against a big-play Riders squad. Tate: 'It means a lot to me' - After being named the Stampeders' starter for the Western Semi-Final, Drew Tate feels honoured that his coaching staff is putting their faith in him.

Nye: Game changers must take centre stage - If the Riders intend up moving onto BC, they'll need some big-time performances from some big-time players, according to Jamie Nye. Week off helps Durant prepare for familiar foe - After taking a week off to rest and get healthy, Darian Durant tells CFL.ca that he has no concerns about getting out of rhythm and is confident he will be on top of his game. Chamblin leaving nothing to chance in prep for Stamps - Roughriders head coach Corey Chamblin states that knowing who Calgary's starting quarterback is doesn't make matters any easier when prepping for Sunday.



Jon Cornish 1-on-1 - Stampeders running back Jon Cornish spoke to CFL.ca on Friday ahead of their Western Semi-Final matchup against Saskatchewan. Nik Lewis 1-on-1 - Calgary slotback Nik Lewis spoke to CFL.ca about how confident he and the rest of the Stampeders are in Drew Tate leading them into the Playoffs Stamps Defensive Line Ready to Dominate - The Stampeders defensive line has flown under the radar a bit this season but they are ready to show how dominant they are against the Roughriders on Sunday.

Darian Durant 1-on-1 - Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback Darian Durant spoke to CFL.ca about facing the Stampeders this Sunday in the Western Semi-Final. Willis Leads Confident Rider Defenders - Saskatchewan defensive end Odell Willis and the Riders defence is ready for Drew Tate and the Calgary Stampeders this Sunday in the Western Semi-Final. Chamblin, Riders prepare for WSF vs. Stamps - Saskatchewan Roughriders head coach Corey Chamblin spoke to media on Tuesday ahead of their West Semi-Final match-up against Calgary on Sunday.

Darian Durant has gone through his ups and downs this year, but he has a history of showing up during the playoffs. Simply put, when Durant is on, the Riders are as good a team on offence as anyone. However, both Drew Tate and Kevin Glenn have proven more-than-capable in leading the Calgary offence into the endzone and beyond. Advantage: Even

Weston Dressler's season has been nothing short of spectacular in Saskatchewan, and he has been complemented nicely by a strong supporting cast of Chris Getzlaf and Taj Smith. However, the bruising Nik Lewis and the recent emergence of Maurice Price and Joe West might be too much for any secondary to handle. Advantage: Calgary

Running Game
Jon Cornish and Kory Sheets rank one and two in rushing respectively, with Cornish finishing just 180 yards ahead of his Roughrider counterpart. Both Sheets and Cornish have the capability to be game changers. Advantage: Even

Defensive Line
The Stampeders boast an impressive group that includes the always-dangerous Charleston Hughes, Corey Mace and veteran Anwar Stewart, while the Roughriders counter with a fast, strong and hard-nosed bunch of their own comprised of Odell Willis, Tearrius George and Brent Hawkins. Advantage: Saskatchewan

Tyron Brackenridge's breakout season is one that will surely carry over into the playoffs, while the return of Abraham Kromah from injury gives them an added surge of life. The Stamps, field a group lead by veteran Juwan Simpson and rookie Chris Randle, both of which are primed for big post-seasons. Advantage: Calgary
Defensive Backs
Taking a look at Calgary's roster, it's hard not to be impressed with the names like Keon Raymond, Brandon Smith and Fred Bennett manning their secondary. Saskatchewan meanwhile, counters with the likes of Chris McKenzie and Eddie Russ who can't be ignored. Advantage: Calgary

Special Teams
With the return of Larry Taylor to the return game, combined with the kicking accuracy  of Rene Paredes, the Stamps appear to be in solid shape. Meanwhile, Sandro DeAngelis' inconsistencies combined with Chris Milo's injuries raise a few eyebrows in the kicking department. Advantage: Calgary


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