THE CANADIAN PRESS
CALGARY -- The Saskatchewan Roughriders went from elation to deflation in the span of just 52 seconds.
Greg Carr caught a 24-yard touchdown strike from Darian Durant at 14:08 of the fourth quarter to put the Riders up 30-29 over the Calgary Stampeders in Sunday's West Division semifinal at McMahon Stadium.
Calgary quarterback Drew Tate then responded with a 60-yard TD bomb to Romby Bryant just 22 seconds later. The Stamps added a 90-yard kickoff single by Rene Paredes and held on for a 36-30 win to advance to next Sunday's West Division final in Vancouver against the B.C. Lions.
"That's tough,'' said Saskatchewan coach Corey Chamblin of the heart-breaking finish. "You have a game and you've just got to be able to clinch it. I think that's the summation of our season that we've been close all year.''
Durant went 24-for-37 for 435 yards and tossed a pair of touchdown passes to Carr and two more to Korey Sheets. He also threw two interceptions including one on the final play of the game that Calgary defensive back Keon Raymond picked off at the goal line.
"You work so hard and you fight all year,'' Durant said. "It's a tough way to end it. I'm proud of the team. We're a young team. We showed a lot of fight. It's something positive to carry over to next year.''