Roughriders storm back from 17point deficit to down Redblacks
OTTAWA Josh Bartel kicked a 41yard punt single with just over two minutes to play as the Saskatchewan Roughriders rallied past the Ottawa Redblacks 18-17 on Friday.
Bartel's game-winning point completed an 18-point comeback by Saskatchewan.
The win came despite the fact that William Powel set a new Redblacks' record for rushing yards in a single game.
Jonathan Williams set the mark of 180 yards in 2014. Powell broke it late in the third quarter, finishing the game with 187 yards.
Ottawa's record dropped to 5-9-1 and the Reblacks are now in danger of losing their second seed and a playoff berth in the East Division.
Saskatchewan improved to 7-6 and is two points behind the fourth place Edmonton Eskimos in the West Division and what will likely be a crossover playoff berth,
The Roughriders trailed 17-7 heading into the fourth quarter but a six-yard touchdown run by Kienan Lafrance and a 16-yard field goal by Tyler Crapigna at 9:46 tied the game 17-17.
Both offences sputtered in the first half as the Redblacks took an 11-0 lead into the break.
An interception by the Redblacks turned into a 22yard field goal by Brett Maher at 13:18 for the opening score of the game.
In the second quarter Ryan Lindley threw his first CFL touchdown when he connected with Greg Ellingson in the back of the end zone for an 18-yard strike at 10:47 of the first.
Lindley was making his second start at quarterback for the Redblacks following the injuries to Trevor Harris and Drew Tate.
Powell rushed for 111 yards in the opening half, giving him three consecutive 100-plus yard rushing games for the first time in his career.
He kept piling up the yards in the second half, collecting another 36 on the opening drive of the third quarter that ended with a one-yard touchdown run by Lindley at 4:43.
Powell was stopped on the two-point conversion and holding the Redblacks lead to 17-0.
The Roughriders got their first points of the game at 10:49 of the third quarter on a 97-yard punt return for a touchdown by Christian Jones. Tyler Crapigna's conversion made the score 17-7.
Saskatchewan Roughriders linebacker Jeff Knox Jr. (49) drags down Ottawa Redblacks running back William Powell (29) during second half CFL football action in Ottawa on Friday.