Roughriders drop Banjo Bowl, lose starting quarterback
Kevin Glenn listed as day-to-day with injured throwing hand
It was a Banjo Bowl the Riders would rather forget.
Following a strong Labour Day Classic victory over the rival Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Saskatchewan was riding a three-game win streak, and had won four of their last five.
They cruised to victory last week, jumping out to an early lead and fighting off a late Winnipeg push.
Saturday’s game was a little different.
The Riders got the ball to start the game, and only three plays in, Kevin Glenn had his pass intercepted by Jovan Santos-Knox. It looked like Winnipeg would score, but kicker Justin Medlock uncharacteristically missed a long 48-yard field goal attempt.
A quick Saskatchewan three and out gave Winnipeg great field position, starting on the Riders’ 35. Four plays later, Matt Nichols found Clarence Denmark in the end zone with a 12-yard pass to go up by a touchdown.
Saskatchewan continued to struggle on offence until late in the first quarter, when Kevin Glenn found Duron Carter, who ran the ball 67 yards to the house. The kick was good, tying the game at sevens.
Winnipeg struck again to start the second quarter. A 45yard punt by Josh Bartel was returned by Maurice Leggett for a touchdown to put the Bombers back on top.
Following an 85-yard Medlock punt, Winnipeg added a single.
Saskatchewan was quick to respond the very next play. Naaman Roosevelt caught a 26-yard pass from Glenn and scampered 49 yards to the end zone. The two-point conversion was no good, and The Bombers remained on top 1513.
The teams kept pace until late in the half, when a Saskatchewan offside negated a defensive goal line stop. The Bombers were able to regroup, and backup QB Dan LeFevour ran in for the one yard score. The kick was good, putting the Bombers back up nine, 29-20.
Winnipeg built on their lead in the third quarter, opening with a rouge followed by a 54yard pick six to go up 37-20. Another rouge extended the lead to 38-20.
Saskatchewan wouldn’t go down without a fight. Brandon Bridge scored on a ten-yard run, and then completed a pass to Chris Holley for two to bring the Riders back within 10.
That was as close as they would get. Winnipeg added another touchdown and a field goal to walk away with the Banjo Bowl title and a 48-28 victory.
Saskatchewan quarterback Kevin Glenn finished the day 15-22 with two touchdowns and a pair of interceptions. Brandon Bridge went four for eight with an interception. Though Saskatchewan totalled 488 yards of offence, including 294 through the air, the three turnovers cost them.
Winnipeg finished with 420 yards, including 282 through the air. Special teams also hurt Saskatchewan.
Winnipeg scored seven points off of a returned punt, as well as three singles from kicker Justin Medlock. They averaged 73.8 yards per kickoff and 52.5 per punt, much longer than Saskatchewan’s 40.6 yards per punt and 50.8 per kick-off.
If losing the game wasn’t bad enough, the Riders also lost Kevin Glenn. The quarterback left in the third quarter with what appeared to be an injury to his throwing hand and did not return. He is listed as dayto-day. He did not break any bones and is expected to be a game time decision Friday night against Hamilton.
At an even 5-5, the Riders are last in the west,.
If the playoffs started today, the Riders would not be in the postseason, despite boasting a better record than any team in the East Division.
The Riders’ next opponent, Hamilton, is riding a twogame win streak after coming out on top of close games against Toronto and Ottawa. Those two wins are the TigerCats’ only victories this year. Kick off is scheduled for 5 p.m.
askatchewan Roughriders quarterback Kevin Glenn threw for 327 yards and two long touchdowns before leaving Saturday’s game in the third quarter