Riders back in hunt for title with win over Stamps

Wes Cates ran in from five yards out in overtime and Andy Fantuz had 255 yards receiving and a big touchdown late in the fourth as the Saskatchewan Roughriders got back in the hunt for the CFL’s West Division title Friday with a 43-37 win over the Calgary Stampeders.

Saskatchewan Roughriders slotback Andy Fantuz

Saskatchewan Roughriders slotback Andy Fantuz

Saskatchewan 43 Calgary 37

REGINA — Wes Cates ran in from five yards out in overtime and Andy Fantuz had 255 yards receiving and a big touchdown late in the fourth as the Saskatchewan Roughriders got back in the hunt for the CFL’s West Division title Friday with a 43-37 win over the Calgary Stampeders.

Reminiscent of their season opener against Montreal, the ’Riders tied the game late in the fourth quarter to send the game to overtime.

Luca Congi’s 44-yard field goal late in the fourth was the equalizer after Fantuz scored on a long TD pass from quarterback Darian Durant.

After Cates gave the Roughriders the lead in OT, Stamps quarterback Henry Burris threw an incompletion into the end zone on third down from the three to seal the Saskatchewan win.

The ‘Riders (7-4) seemed frozen early by the unseasonably frigid weather with a temperature at kickoff of 5 C. Calgary linebacker Milt Collins returned a Durant interception for a touchdown on the game’s opening drive and the Stamps (9-2) added a Rob Maver field goal to take a 10-0 lead after the first quarter.

A series of big plays in the second quarter got Saskatchewan back in the game.

Fantuz had receptions of 23 and 36 yards, the latter setting up the Roughriders first touchdown. Durant then hit Weston Dressler with a 77-yard catch-and-run as Saskatchewan took a 15-10 lead.

The Roughriders continued to post highlight-reel material in the third quarter, setting up a 30-yard touchdown rush by Hugh Charles with a 35-yard catch-and-run from Durant to Jason Clermont.

In the fourth quarter Fantuz then caught a 57-yard pass, setting up a Congi field goal, and a 60-yarder for a touchdown with 4:56 to play.

Calgary never trailed at the end of a quarter. Joffrey Reynolds and Drew Tate contributed rushing touchdowns, Jon Cornish ran in a 30-yard reception from Burris, and Maver finished the game with three field goals.

Eddie Johnson booted two singles to round out the scoring for the Roughriders.

Burris finished 29 of 40 for 348 yards. Durant completed 23 of 39 passes for 500 yards.

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