Roughrid­ers storm back from 17point deficit to down Red­blacks

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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.

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