Rid­ers’ rouge edges Red­blacks

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A sin­gle point from a sin­gle punt was all it took.

The Saskatchewan Roughrid­ers are now 7-6 and above 0.500 for the first time in the Chris Jones era, af­ter the team beat the Ot­tawa Red­blacks 18-17 on the road Fri­day night from the na­tion’s cap­i­tal.

And the Rid­ers did it with that most Cana­dian of Cana­dian football rules, the rouge, thanks to a Josh Bar­tel punt and some ex­tra hus­tle from Jeff Knox Jr.

Tied at 17 with 2:31 left to go in the game, Bar­tel and the Rid­ers punted the ball from the Ot­tawa 44-yard line into the Red­blacks’ end­zone.

Quincy McDuffie let the ball bounce once off the turf be­fore catch­ing it.

That was enough time for the Roughrid­ers’ punt re­turn team to swarm McDuffie, and for Knox Jr. to hus­tle down and force McDuffie out at the end­zone’s side­line, earn­ing a point for Saskatchewan to go ahead 18-17.

The Rid­ers’ of­fence was hardly ef­fec­tive in the first half of the game, go­ing down 17-0 un­til 10:46 of the third quar­ter, when Chris­tion Jones re­turned an Ot­tawa punt 97 yards for a touch­down.

Run­ning back Kienan LaFrance scored a six-yard rush­ing touch­down early in the fourth quar­ter, bring­ing his team closer to com­plete the come­back.

Thanks to kicker Tyler Crapigna’s one­point con­verts on each touch­down and his 33-yard field goal in the fourth quar­ter, the Rid­ers tied the score.

The punt re­turn team then took over and took the lead.

Vet­eran cor­ner­back Jovon John­son sealed the win with 14 sec­ond re­main­ing when he in­ter­cepted Ot­tawa backup quar­ter­back Ryan Lind­ley.

The Roughrid­ers will stay in On­tario through­out the week as they prep for their next game in Toronto against the Arg­onauts (7-7) on Satur­day.

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