Als lose game, pos­si­bly Calvillo

Los­ing QB would be much big­ger blow to team

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when I played for B. C. all those years. He plays so hard and he’s such a gifted, tal­ented guy. To see him go down, no mat­ter what it is, you don’t want to see a guy like that get hurt be­cause he works so hard in prac­tice and puts ev­ery­thing he has into it.”

Roughrid­ers head coach Corey Cham­blin had no up­date on Bagg’s con­di­tion af­ter the game.

Saskatchewan sur­vived an­other scare ear­lier in the game when We­ston Dressler came up un­able to move his left shoul­der af­ter div­ing out the back of the end zone for a 22- yard touch­down catch in the first quar­ter.

Un­like the oth­ers, Dressler was able to re­turn to the game.

That twist of fate proved crit­i­cal late in the game when Dressler re­turned a Mon­treal punt 38 yards to the Alou­ettes’ 38- yard line.

Dressler’s punt re­turn put the Rid­ers in scor­ing po­si­tion and Chris Milo won the game on a 36yard field goal with no time left on the clock.

Dressler was fill­ing in for Jock San­ders af­ter San­ders fum­bled twice deep in Saskatchewan ter­ri­tory, set­ting up two of Alou­ettes kicker Sean Whyte’s four field goals on the night.

“It didn’t hap­pen the way we planned it but we kept fight­ing. ( Du­rant) trusted me and I made a play when it came to me,” said Taj Smith, who caught a 60- yard touch­down pass from Du­rant to tie the game 21- 21 with barely a minute to play.

That catch came just sec­onds af­ter Jer­ald Brown re­turned Du­rant’s sec­ond fum­ble of the game for a 54- yard score to put Mon­treal ahead by seven.

It was also fi­nally enough to si­lence the boos of the third- largest crowd ever at Mo­saic Sta­dium — an­nounced at 40,637. The fans showed their dis­sat­is­fac­tion with Du­rant through most of the third quar­ter.

Du­rant ul­ti­mately went 18- for- 32 for 250 yards in his sixth straight game with­out an in­ter­cep­tion.

“The fans, they want perfection and I’ve been here eight years and I’ve been booed plenty of times so it was noth­ing new,” he said.

“Of course it’s noth­ing you want to hear but at the same time you un­der­stand why and if you don’t want to hear it, just go out there and make plays and give them some­thing to cheer about.”

Saskatchewan led for most of the first half but had to rally for the win af­ter San­ders coughed up the ball on the open­ing kick­off of the sec­ond half. That turnover giftwrapped an 11- yard field goal from Whyte and gave the Alou­ettes an 11- 9 lead.

The Rid­ers tied the game when Whyte gave up a safety in­stead of punt­ing from his own 11- yard line and took a tem­po­rary lead on the sec­ond play of the fourth quar­ter when Milo kicked a 26- yard field goal.

Milo has now hit all 16 of his field goal at­tempts this year.

Whyte tied the game 14- 14 on his fourth field goal of the game early in the fourth quar­ter and had all of Mon­treal’s of­fence up un­til that point, hav­ing also kicked two sin­gles — one on his only missed field goal of the game and the other on a punt sin­gle in the third quar­ter.

— The Cana­dian Press

PHO­TOS BY LIAM RICHARDS / THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

Above: Saskatchewan Roughrid­ers wide re­ceiver Rob Bagg leaves the field

af­ter suf­fer­ing an in­jury against the Mon­treal Alou­ettes in Regina. Right: Alou­ettes’ Dr. David S. Mul­der talks to quar­ter­back An­thony Calvillo af­ter he

took a hit in the first half.

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