Canadian Football League

Monday, September 05, 2005

Riders win first of Canadian Football League home and home series with Bombers

Kenton Keith ran for 170 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns as the Saskatchewan Roughriders outgunned the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 45-26 in CFL action Sunday.
Saskatchewan (4-6) snapped a five-game losing streak and moved into a third-place tie in the West Division with the Calgary Stampeders (4-5), who host the Edmonton Eskimos on Monday.
Keith, who carried 17 times and boosted his season rushing total to 556 yards, scored on a two-yard dive at 5:39 of the final quarter and added a 75-yard dash up the middle at 9:07 that clinched the victory.
Marcus Crandell, a surprise starter at quarterback for Saskatchewan as Nealon Greene remained on the sidelines, completed 20 of 35 passes for 248 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions.
Winnipeg's Kevin Glenn was 16-of-38 for 310 yards with two interceptions. He threw three touchdown passes for the fourth consecutive game.
Corey Holmes, who returned the opening kickoff for an 81-yard touchdown when the teams first met on June 25, put the Roughriders ahead with an 89-yard punt return for a major at 5:59 of the first quarter.
Saskatchewan expanded the lead to 14-0 at 9:16 of the second quarter when Crandell completed a 16-yard scoring pass to Elijah Thurmon.
Winnipeg responded 54 seconds later when Glenn found Milt Stegall on a short post pattern that turned into a 68-yard scoring pass. Stegall's touchdown gave him the all-time CFL lead in career touchdown receptions with 118, one more than former Calgary Stampeders star Allen Pitts.
Troy Westwood's convert and 94-yard single on the subsequent kickoff narrowed the gap to 14-8. Saskatchewan kicker Paul McCallum added a 33-yard field goal at 14:57 to give the Roughriders a 17-8 halftime lead.
Both teams scored a pair of majors in an entertaining third quarter. Glenn threw scoring passes of 41 and 22 yards to Chris Brazzell and Stegall respectively. Saskatchewan countered with running scores of one and four yards by Crandell and Chris Szarka respectively to lead 31-22 after three quarters.
Westwood booted a 42-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter but the Roughriders replied with an efficient nine-play, 72-yard drive culminating in Keith's two-yard touchdown dive.
The teams meet again Saturday night in Winnipeg.


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