REGINA — The Saskatchewan Roughriders almost relived their lowest moment of the 2009 Grey Cup on Thursday when another penalty for having too many men on the field cost them a chance to win against the Montreal Alouettes.
This time, however, they were given a second chance — and they made good on it.
The Roughriders scored four second-half touchdowns and two more in overtime Thursday as they rallied from a 21-point deficit to beat the Alouettes 54-51 in the third-highest scoring game in CFL history.
Riders receiver Weston Dressler, playing his first regular season game since a broken leg ended his 2009 season, caught a 32-yard pass from Darian Durant in the second overtime period that set up his three-yard touchdown reception to win the game.
CALGARY — While Rob Maver kicked five field goals in his Canadian Football League debut, he couldn’t help but think about the one he missed.
“I really want that one kick back,” said Maver of a 42-yard field goal he missed in the third quarter of a 30-16 win for his Stamps over the Toronto Argonauts on Thursday. “It’s an okay start. I could have hit a couple kickoffs better and I could have made that field goal, but it’s okay.”
“Rob’s a special player,” added Calgary quarterback Henry Burris. “We didn’t ask him to come here and be Sandro or replace him. We asked him to be Rob Maver. I’m happy to have him here.”
Burris completed 27 of 40 passes for 324 yards, but failed to throw for a touchdown and remains one away from 200 for his career
Joffrey Reynolds had a rushing touchdown for the Stamps (1-0), while Malik Jackson also scored when he recovered a fumble late in the game and ran it into the end zone.
WINNIPEG — Buck Pierce made a point of keeping the game ball after the Winnipeg Blue Bombers defeated the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 49-29 in their CFL season opener Friday night.
It was the ball he heaved almost 50 yards to slotback Terrence Edwards, which Edwards turned into a 90-yard touchdown. Pierce completed 17-of-25 pass attempts for 291 yards with two TD passes to Edwards and no interceptions in front of 26,302 fans at Canad Inns Stadium. And the 28-year-old, who has a reputation for being injury prone, also ran six times for 89 yards, including a 13-yard TD. His longest run was 30 yards.
The Bombers finished with 502 yards total offence, compared to Hamilton’s 290 yards.
EDMONTON — The B.C. Lions literally took the boot to the Edmonton Eskimos in the season opener for both teams on Sunday night. Paul McCallum booted six field goals as the Lions defeated the Eskimos 25-10.
McCallum’s six field goals tied his own career record set in 2006. The CFL record is eight field goals in a game, accomplished twice by Dave Ridgway. The Lions were in field-goal range at the end of the game but chose to run out the clock.
The Lions join Calgary and Saskatchewan atop the Western Division standings at 1-0 with the Eskimos already a full game behind the other three teams at 0-1.