Missed opportunities haunt Riders in 25-13 Banjo Bowl loss
A little bit of revenge for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers beating the Riders 25-13 in the Banjo Bowl.
At the end of the day the Riders only have themselves to blame after failing to take advantage of numerous opportunities in the first half, when the Bombers offence was unable to even produce a first down.
The first came very early in the game when linebacker Weldon Brown would pick off a Justin Goltz pass during the Bombers first possession. The offence would march down to the goal line only to be come up short and be forced to settle for a field goal and a 3-0 lead.
On the ensuing kick off Bombers running back Will Ford return it 98 yards for the touchdown and a 7-3 Bombers lead. Chris Milo kicked two more field goals for the Roughriders to give them a 9-7 lead. A few minutes later the Bombers got a field goal giving them a 10-9 lead.
The Roughriders continued to come up short in the red zone...finishing off the second half with another Milo field goal, his 27th straight, to go into the locker room with a 12-10 lead. This despite the fact the Bombers didn't register a first down in the half.
The second half is where the Riders have made their money, but this week would not be the case as they had no answer for the Bombers pressure as they racked up sack after sack on Darian Durant.
The Bombers would strike first in the second half as a penalty filled drive would end with Goltz running for his first of two touchdowns and a 17-12 lead. A Ricky Schmitt punt single soon after would make it 17-13.
From then on out it was the Bombers game, as two-and-outs would be the name of the game for the Riders on offence as there was no answer for the Bombers pressure. In total the Bombers would get to Durant eight times.
In the fourth quarter the Bombers would extend their lead after a long pass to Aaron Kelly, ending with Goltz's second touchdown run of the game, growing the lead to 24-13. The Bombers would pick up another point off a missed DeAngelis field goal.
After that, the defences for both teams took over, especially the Bombers as that pressure basically didn't allow Durant to do anything. The Riders also didn't seem too interested in changing up the game plan much, as Durant stayed in the pocket and continued to get hit there the rest of the game.
Durant would finish the game 15-for-33 and 129 yards with an interception and no touchdowns, Durant also added 93 yards on the ground to be the team's top rusher. Kory Sheets was the top receiver picking up only 53 yards. No Rider was able to find the end zone at all. Milo is still perfect on the season with 27 straight field goals. Milo needs only one more field goal to tie Dave Ridgway's all time Rider record of 28 straight field goals.
The Riders were able to get to Goltz seven times from six different players. Weldon Brown led the team with five tackles.
As mentioned the Bombers got to Durant eight times by seven different players. Goltz himself was only 8-17 on the game with 129 yards.
Linebacker Rey Williams left the game with a knee injury.
The Riders are now 8-2 on the season, while the Bombers improve to 2-8.
The Riders will now host the Toronto Argonauts next Saturday night at Mosaic Stadium.