Riders hammer Tiger-Cats 37-0

Riders remain only unbeatean team in the CFL
Reported by Joel Gasson
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The Saskatchewan Roughriders are still the only undefeated team in the CFL, and this time they did it in style, shutting out the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 37-0 at Mosaic Stadium.

It was a windy evening in Regina, but that didn't seem to bother the Riders one bit as they were able to keep the Ti-Cats at bay in the first quarter despite Hamilton having the wind, after that the team slowly started to get their momentum offensively, and there wasn't much Hamilton could to do to stop it.

Chris Milo would actually score the first six points of the game with a pair of field goals in the second quarter, the Riders would then extend their lead to 13-0 when quarterback Darian Durant would find receiver Rob Bagg in the end zone for the first of his two touchdowns on the day.

Every week so far the Riders have had a different leading receiver and this week was no different, this time was Bagg's turn as he finished with 125 yards receiving and te two touchdowns.

"Have a game like this at home, it's big, I'm so proud of him," said Durant.

Linebacker Craig Butler would make his presence felt as the Ti-Cats were marching down the field, he would end up picking off Burris near the goal line, ending what turned out to be one of Hamilton's best drives of the day.

"That was probably their top drive," said defensive lineman Keith Shologan. "That pick really sealed us doing well."

Milo would boot another field goal as the half expired to make it 16-0 heading into the locker room.

With the wind at their backs again the Ti-Cats weren't able to muster up much again in the third quarter. Then with just over four minutes to go the Riders would then march the ball down the field from their 25 yard line ending in probably the most memorable moment of the game, a touchdown pass by offensive lineman Dan Clark.

"A dream come true, I've never got a touchdown my whole life," said Clark.

It's a play the Riders have been working on in practice for a few weeks now, as they load up the line with tight ends, including Clark who had to change his number for the be eligible to catch the ball. Despite the catch, Clark was still surprised to hear his number called.

"I just figured my hands were made for blocking, not catching a ball," said Clark.

The fourth quarter would be all green and white, as momentum turned for good when Ti-Cats pivot Henry Burris would be sacked on back-to-back plays.

After the punt Durant would hit Bagg in stride for a 60 yard touchdown pass increasing the lead to 30.

Durant would come out for one more series and it also ended in a score, as he would find Weston Dressler wide open in the end zone to make it 37-0.

From then on it was Drew Willy behind centre, with a heavy dose of Kory Sheets. Thanks to the Riders running out the clock Sheets once again broke 100 yards on the ground, running for 130 yards.

All week long the talk was about Durant's foot, but the focus probably should have been on his arm, Durant would finish the day with 347 yards passing for four touchdowns and once again no interceptions.

It was a relatively quiet debut for Geroy Simon, making two catches for 38 yards, but one of them was a big second and long catch.

"I can be a possession guy, I can be a big play guy, I think I can do a lot of things for this offense," said Simon.

Milo was once again perfect, making all three of his field goal attempts, including his first attempt over 40 yards this year.

Defensive back Prince Miller led the team with 6 tackles, Williams added another two sacks to his total, Butler, Jermaine McElveen and Ricky Foley also got in on the sack attack.

The team will now take Monday and Tuesday off before returning to practice on Wednesday as they prepare for the Ti-Cats yet again, this time in Guelph.

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