Durant, Roughriders down Alouettes 16-11
REGINA - Darian Durant's 30-yard touchdown pass to Rob Bagg on the first play of the fourth quarter was the difference as the Saskatchewan Roughriders edged the Montreal Alouettes 16-11 on Saturday at Mosaic Stadium.
The victory was the fourth straight for the Riders (5-2), who moved into a tie for third place in the CFL's West Division standings. The Alouettes (1-6), meanwhile, have lost five consecutive games and find themselves in a three-way tie for second place in the East Division.
Montreal's Duron Carter added suspense in the game's final three minutes after his 123-yard return for a touchdown on a missed field goal. The score brought the Als to within two points at 12-10 with a little more than three minutes remaining. However, Montreal elected to kick the convert rather than go for the two-point conversion that could have tied the game.
Bagg was the offensive star of the contest with six receptions for 90 yards. Durant threw for 221 yards and rushed for two key first downs in the final minute to put the victory on ice.
Alex Brink started at quarterback for Montreal in place of the injured Troy Smith and was 16-for-27 passing for 151 yards and one interception.
Jerome Messam led the Riders in rushing with 54 yards on 10 carries before he left with an undisclosed injury.
Montreal kicker Sean Whyte booted a 45-yard field goal with a little more than five minutes remaining in the second quarter to tie the game at 4-4, a score that stood heading into halftime. Riders kicker Chris Milo booted two field goals (31 yards and 30 yards) and punter Josh Bartel had three singles points to account for the Riders' scoring.
Saskatchewan defensive end John Chick recorded three sacks and leads the league with 12. He also moved into fifth all-time on the Riders' sack list.
The announced crowd of 33,427 marked the first Riders sellout of the season.