Roughriders blow big lead for second straight game
The Saskatchewan Roughriders coughed up a 19-point lead in the fourth quarter to lose 35-34 to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
The Riders rolled through the third quarter building on their 13-7 halftime lead to go up 32-14 into the final quarter. But just like the week previous when they gave up a 17-point fourth quarter lead to Calgary, something changed in the final 15 minutes.
"You can't do that in the CFL," said defensive end Brent Hawkins. "Any team come back at any given moment."
Henry Burris and the Tiger-Cat offense started to catch fire. Burris hit Onrea Jones three minutes into the fourth quarter for the first of three touchdowns.
After a Darian Durant fumbled on the next drive, Burris would find Dave Stala in the end zone to cut the lead to five.
"We just got to learn how to finish," said Durant. "A one pint win, a 30 point win, it don't matter."
The Riders offense failed to move the ball again and the Tiger-Cats would make them pay for the third straight drive.
Hamilton drove 87-yards on nine plays, finishing it off with a pass to a wide open Jones and the Tiger-Cats took a 35-33 lead.
Durant and the Riders weren't done however, they responded by moving the ball into field goal range and with 1:41 left kicker Chris Milo went wide right.
"I think my teammates deserve better than that," said Milo. "They put me in a position to win the game, and I didn't. That one is on me."
The Riders did get the ball back with 45 seconds left but Durant missed Chris Getzlaf three straight times to kill their chances at a win.
It is the Riders' second straight loss of the season, while it's the Tiger-Cats third straight win.
The Roughriders did play in front of a sold-out crowd of 32,898 for the first time this season.
Both Saskatchewan and Hamilton now have 3-2 records.
The Roughriders are on a bye week and don't play again until they visit Edmonton on August 10th.