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Recap: Saskatchewan 38, Calgary 41
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CALGARY -- Kevin Glenn led the Stamps to a wild overtime win at McMahon Stadium on Thursday night, after storming back from a 17-point fourth quarter deficit to grab a 41-38 win.

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It was a wild, back-and-forth affair that saw the Stamps battle back from a 17-point fourth quarter deficit, on the shoulders of quarterback Kevin Glenn. Glenn, who's taken over for Drew Tate after the first-year starter injured his shoulder two weeks ago, threw for 385 yards and four touchdowns to lead a dramatic comeback that saw it all.

Riders QB Darian Durant threw for 238 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the loss, but was contained most of the night as Calgary's secondary kept star receivers Weston Dressler and Chris Getzlaf in check through most of the game.

After each team punted on their opening drives, the Stamps cashed in on an early edge in field position when Rene Paredes opened the scoring on a 46-yard field goal to make it 3-0.

The Riders looked to respond through the air, but the Calgary secondary, despite missing defensive back Keon Raymond, did an outstanding job in coverage to hold off the Riders offence.

It wasn’t until late in the first quarter that the running game would get involved, when Jacques Sanders found a major opening after a fake, sprinting for a 28-yard gain.

That would eventually set up a two-yard touchdown plunge for Kory Sheets, on just the rookie running back’s first carry of the game, to put the Riders ahead 7-3 with the game’s first major.

The Stamps looked to respond with a big play, but would be plagued by drops on the following drive.

Third-year receiver Johnny Forzani broke in alone behind the Riders’ defence, but with no defender within 15 yards, the pass was underthrown and Forzani couldn’t make the grab coming back for the ball.

Eventually though the 23-year-old would get a chance to make up for the drop, responding on the next drive with a 39-yard reception.

After Lewis’ league-leading 12th catch for a first down, the 30-year-old struck again. Matched up with Riders’ linebacker Tyron Brackenridge, Lewis made a swim move to get inside position and hauled in a six-yard touchdown catch.

The Riders responded quickly though. Set up by a Durant 20-yard run on second and long to extend the drive, Sheets found space along the sideline and made Stamps defenders miss on a 48-yard highlight-reel dash to the Calgary two yard line.

In short-yardage, backup quarterback Drew Willy took the reins and quickly found Neal Hughes in the end zone for his first career CFL touchdown pass, as the Riders re-gained the lead with just over eight minutes left in the half.

Larry Taylor gave the Stamps great starting field position on the next drive after a long kick return, eventually setting up a 37-yard field goal from Paredes to cut the deficit to one.

With the Riders forced to punt on the ensuing drive, the snap got past punter Chris Milo, who was forced to chase down the loose ball and concede a safety.

As the half winded down, the Riders appeared to be punting again after failing to convert on a second down conversion. But Torrey Davis was flagged after the play for unnecessary roughness, extending the drive and giving the Riders another chance.

Durant made the Stamps pay on a perfect strike to Dressler on a flag route, giving the Riders a 21-15 lead heading into the half.

The Riders picked up right where they left off at the beginning of the second half, with Tristan Jackson taking the opening kickoff for a 63-yard return. With great field position, Durant wasted no time getting the Riders back in the end zone.

He found Dressler on a highlight-reel 20-yard touchdown reception, putting the Riders ahead 28-15 and silencing the McMahon Stadium crowd.

Soon after, Paredes struck from 44 yards out to put the Stamps within 10 points as the third quarter unraveled, keeping him perfect on the night and capping off a promising drive for Calgary.

But the Riders would quickly storm back down the field in impressive fashion to start the fourth. After an Efram Hill touchdown was called back following a lengthy challenge, it took a leap over the pile on third down from Sheets to extend the lead to 35-18.

Glenn and the Stamps' offence showed signs of life again with five minutes to go in the game, as the first-year Stamp hooked up with Lewis for a 21-yard hookup on the receiver's second touchdown reception of the game.

On the ensuing drive, with Durant carefully and efficiently driving the Riders up the field and shedding the clock, the Riders' pivot made his first mistake of the season - and it was a big one. Linebacker Malik Jackson jumped on Durant's pass for the interception, giving the Stamps excellent field position with just a 10-point deficit.

It was the Riders' first turnover of the season, and it appeared to give Calgary a huge momentum boost. Glenn took advantage almost instantly, hooking up with Larry Taylor for a 20 yard touchdown, putting the Stamps down by just three points.

After the Stamps' defence rose to the equation once again, it seemed like Glenn would get another chance to strike. But Taylor fumbled the ensuing punt, and after a long challenge it was ruled a fumble, giving Saskatchewan possession.

With the Riders in field goal range, the Stamps responded again on defence in a major way, as Charleston Hughes sacked Durant on a second down play to knock the Riders out of field goal range.

Down by a field goal with 1:40 left on the clock, Glenn took over at the 17-yard line, and wasted no time in moving the Stamps in the right direction. After first downs to Forzani and Chris Bauman, Glenn hit Romby Bryant for his first catch of the game for a 32-yard gain.

Glenn was injured on the play, forcing Bo Levi Mitchell into the game. The rookie moved the chains once, but was flushed out of the pocket on a second down play and forced to throw the ball through the side of the end zone to give the Stamps a shot at the tying field goal.

Paredes gave Stamps fans a major scare after hitting the upright on the close attempt, but it took a fortunate bounce through the upright to tie the game.

As if the drama weren't enough, the Riders appeared to have a golden chance to get the go-ahaed score in the dying minutes of the game, when Dressler snuck behind the secondary but dropped a wide open pass that was right on the hands.

That meant overtime, and on the first possession the Riders got into trouble. Durant was sacked on second down by Chris McCoy, forcing Milo to kick a 50-yard field goal to help keep the Riders alone.

But on the ensuing drive, Glenn continued to shred the Riders defence just as he had during the fourth quarter. After a 19-yard completion to Romby Bryant, Glenn connected with Lewis on a 16-yard touchdown play for Lewis' third of the game, sending the McMahon Stadium crowd into a frenzy.

NOTES: Riders’ cornerback Eddie Russ was taken out of the game after being injuring his leg, and was replaced Tristan Jackson. Calgary's Dimitri Tsoumpas, meanwhile, was ejected from the game early in the third quarter.

Fan Comments
GoTi-Cats
This was a real "thrilla in Alberta." Just enough miscues, mistakes, & missed passes & pass coverages to make it exciting and it could have gone either way. Kudos to Kevin Glenn (I was cheering for you) & Nik Lewis in particular. (BTW alsrule, you picked it right.)
July 20, 2012 - 2:33pm
 
Horses123
A masterful performance from Glenn. The team was behind him and all the glue came together at the right time. Nik the "Tank" had a unreal game with 3 TD's. Glenn got the game ball. He deserved it. He had a chip on his shoulder and he should keep it there. He'll need it.
July 20, 2012 - 2:14pm
 
tabbiefanmcb
Definitely a good and exciting game down to the wire, although the Stamps tried really hard to shoot themselves in the foot with penalties especially in the first half. They seemed to settle down after Tsoumpas was tossed out. Great come back by Glenn in the fourth and in overtime with help from ex-Ticats McDaniel and Bauman and of course Lewis who was pretty much unstoppable! I didn't pick the Stamps to win but I don't mind being wrong about this one at all!
July 20, 2012 - 1:39pm
 
DiggerM
No lead is safe!? Understatement in the CFL.

That game ranks up there as one of the more exciting games of the year so far. Being in the Eastern time zone, I was having trouble staying awake for the end of the game - then I had difficulty getting to sleep. It was worth it, though.

As much as Kevin Glenn has frustrated me (and, no doubt, thousands of other fans) while he was with Winnipeg and Hamilton, he (finally) delivered when it counted last night.

When you see Nik Lewis hurdle and move sometimes, it's hard to believe he weighs in at 240 lb./109 kg.

LOVE the CFL - OUR national football league.
July 20, 2012 - 11:29am
 
als rule
teach me 2 fall asleep!!
July 20, 2012 - 7:24am
 
cflsteve
Give all the credit to kevin glenn as he turned the table this week. The Riders however still racked up 35 points and it did take the Stamps to have an incredible comback to win scoring 17 points in the last half of the 4th to do it. The Riders getting away from what got them their, however, and that was the Running game and Korey sheets in the 4th qtr with a 17 point lead. Coach Chamblin will assure that will not happen again but the Riders did get that loss out of the way. That may sound bad but now they can settle in and remember that you still have to finish to win.
Exciting season so far with home teams dominating.
July 20, 2012 - 1:05am
als rule
you kidding "COACH CHAMBLIN WILL ASSURE" oh really!! LOL LOL LOL
July 20, 2012 - 7:23am
 
Argonautt
WHAT A GAME!!! WHAT A GAME!!! Lewis is a BEAST!
July 20, 2012 - 12:50am