Nick Marshall’s end-zone interception set up the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ 29-26 overtime win over the host Calgary Stampeders on Saturday.
On Calgary’s second possession of OT, quarterback Jake Meier’s pass to Trey Odoms-Dukes ended up in Marshall’s hands as the Roughriders ran down the field in celebration.
Shea Patterson scored a pair of short-yardage touchdown runs for Saskatchewan.
Roughriders quarterback Trevor Harris threw a touchdown pass to Tevin Jones and completed 20 of 30 pass attempts for 273 yards and one interception.
Saskatchewan improved to 2–1 with their second consecutive win to start the CFL season.
Calgary fell to 1–2 and still looking for their first home win.
Roughrider running back Jamal Morrow ran for 133 yards.
Brett Lawther made a field goal from 18 yards out and was successful from both 38 and 20 yards in overtime, but missed a 52-yard attempt in the second quarter.
Stampeder kicker Rene Paredes’ four field goals gave him 502 points in his career. He is the eighth CFL kicker to reach the 500 mark.
Paredes had good performances from 47 and 46 yards and a career-long 53-yarder with 11 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to force overtime in front of an announced 24,923 at McMahon Stadium.
The veteran hit a 23-yard field goal in overtime.
Malik Henry caught a touchdown pass for the Stampeders and earned 92 receiving yards in the game.
He left the game in the fourth quarter due to discomfort.
Maier scored a three-yard rushing touchdown and went 18 of 35 passing for 288 yards and one touchdown.
He was stopped three times.
Calgary took a 13–9 lead midway through the third quarter on Henry’s 52-yard catch and run, but on the final play of the quarter, the Roughriders retook the lead on a Jones 44-yard grab and dash. Took.
The Stampeders lost their first down in the fourth quarter at Saskatchewan’s 12-yard line, when Maier was sacked by Larry Dean after throwing to Odoms-Dukes in the end zone.
The Roughriders scored on the following drive with his second one-yard major of the game by backup quarterback Patterson.
The two-point conversion attempt failed, but the visitors still led 23–13.
Maier’s rushing touchdown and Paredes’ convert pulled the Stamps to within a field goal with five minutes remaining in the game.
Patterson’s short-yard dive fell short on a third-down play on the following drive, so Saskatchewan turned the ball over at Calgary’s nine-yard line.
Maier completed three consecutive passes for the first time in the game to drive the Stampeders into midfield.
The quarterback then left the game due to arm soreness.
Backup Tommy Stevens completed a pass and ran for one yard, allowing Paredes to nail a 53-yard attempt to force overtime.
Maier was back on the field for overtime when the Stampeders opened the scoring with a 23-yard Paredes field goal.
Lawther rebounded for 38 yards and then 20 yards before Marshall’s pick ended the game.
Saskatchewan’s Adam Korsak kicked a 90-yard punt single in the third quarter.
Early in the quarter, the Roughriders converted an interception into a touchdown to take a 9–6 lead.
Julian Housare’s pass was intercepted by Cam Judge and gave the Stampeders the ball at midfield, but Calgary quickly gave the ball back when Maier was intercepted by Rollan Milligan Jr.
Milligan returned the punt 56 yards to be tackled by Cole Tucker at the one-yard line.
Patterson finished the job with a one-yard leap, although Lawther missed his convert attempt.
The hosts took a 6–3 lead early in the second quarter on Paredes’ 47-yard field goal, and held that slight lead into halftime.
Harris was sacked four times in the first half.
The two sides exchanged field goals on their opening drives for the only points of the first quarter.
Both clubs are entering the first of three bye weeks this season.
The Roughriders are at home in Edmonton on July 6.
The Stampeders play a road game on July 7 in Winnipeg.
Notes: Calgary’s top returner Peyton Logan suffered a left foot or ankle injury in the fourth quarter and did not return to the game… Stampeders head coach Dave Dickenson 6-3 overall against his older brother and Roughrider coach Craig Are. This also includes Saskatchewan’s playoff win over Calgary in 2021.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on June 24, 2023.