Roughriders stay undefeated by beating B.C. 23-20
The Saskatchewan Roughrider fans were treated to a historic afternoon.
First, they were given the news construction of a new stadium would begin next year and then watched the home side survive the battle of unbeaten teams by edging the B.C. Lions 23 - 20 Saturday, due to a historic touchdown.
"I told McCallum, that if he missed, I guaranteed I was going to score," said Tristan Jackson.
Jackson set a Roughrider record with a 129-yard missed field goal return for a touchdown to begin the fourth quarter. The touchdown would end up being the winning score as it put the Riders up 23-13.
"When I caught it, I was going to take a knee," said Jackson. "They had two guys outside, and we had two guys."
Until then the Roughriders and Lions shared blows as the game was tied at 13 at halftime.
It was a tough night for the usually consistent Lions kicker Paul McCallum as he missed two field goals. Jackson took his first miss of the afternoon to midfield and the Riders later kicked a field goal to go up 16-13.
The last time McCallum missed two field goals in a game was September of 2010.
"He's gained his job as a returner for another week," joked Head Coach Chamblin, when asked if Jackson has lost his corner spot.
For the third straight game, the Roughriders didn't turn the ball over, while they picked off B.C. quarterback Travis Lulay twice.
"We never want the ball on the ground," said Chamblin. "The guys are protecting the ball, that's the most important part thing about this game."
The Riders did come close to giving up their first turn over the year, when running back Kory Sheets was called for a fumble. However, Chamblin would challenge the call, and was right.
Lulay also threw two touchdown passes, while the Riders touchdowns came from Kory Sheets and Jackson's return.
The Riders now lead the CFL standings at 3 - 0, while the Lions fall to 2 - 1.
The team was 900 people short of a sellout with 32,080 announced as the paid attendance.