Heartbreak in Cowtown.
The stands were sprinkled with a balanced mix of red and green at McMahon Stadium on Saturday night, as the Calgary Stampeders hosted the Saskatchewan Roughriders in front of 24,923 rowdy fans in Week 3.
Overtime was required to determine a winner, as Calgary dropped their second-straight home game by a score of 29-26 to push their regular season record to 1-2.
Rene Paredes was a difference maker for the Stampeders, hitting a significant career milestone in the contest, while also tying the longest field goal kick of his career.
Jake Maier – 18-for-35 for 288 yards with one touchdown and 3 interceptions.
Dedrick Mills – 14 carries for 74 yards, averaging 5.3 yards per carry.
Rene Paredes – 4-for-4 on Field Goals for 169 total yards. Longest: 53 yards.
Dedrick Mills started the game with an 11-yard carry off the kickoff and added another 11-yard carry on the next play for a Calgary first-down. He picked up 30 yards rushing in the opening quarter for the Red and White.
The Red and White scored first, courtesy of Paredes, who put the Stampeders on the board early with a successful 47-yard field goal. 3-0.
The Roughriders answered back just over three minutes later, as Brett Lauther converted a kick from 18 yards out to tie the game 3-3, capping off an 11 play, 92-yard drive.
Paredes hit a significant milestone in the second quarter, sending his 500th career field goal through the uprights from 46-yards out to give the Stampeders a 6-3 lead at the half.
Derek Wiggan, Michael Griffin and James Vaughters each recorded a sack for Calgary in the half.
In the third quarter, on a Saskatchewan passing play, defensive lineman Julian Howsare tipped the pass and weak side linebacker Cameron Judge came up with it, for his second interception of the season.
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On the next play, Rolan Milligan Jr. intercepted a pass, returning it all the way to the house, however, it was reviewed, and the Riders’ DB was ruled down at the one-yard line. On the next play, Shea Patterson finished off the drive with a one-yard rush into the endzone and, despite missing the convert, the Riders led 9-6 with 12:46 remaining in the third quarter.
Later in the quarter, Maier completed a pass to Malik Henry up the middle, who broke free from coverage and rushed 52-yards for the touchdown. It was a five-play drive for 89 yards to give the Stampeders a 13-9 lead.
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In the final play of the third quarter, Kevin Jones completed a 44-yard drive for a Riders’ touchdown. The extra-point attempt was successful, and the Roughriders took a 17-13 lead into the final frame.
Calgary had a promising start to the fourth quarter, as Maier scrambled for an 11-yard rush to pick up the first-down, followed by another first-down conversion two plays later. The 14-yard reception by Canadian receiver Luther Hakunavanhu set the Stamps up at the Saskatchewan 35-yard line. A 21-yard reception by Tre Odoms-Dukes brought them to the 12-yard line, but on the next play a pass up the middle tipped off the intended receiver and was picked off in the endzone by Roughriders’ LB Larry Dean, who ran it back 25 yards to end the Stamps offensive rush. Saskatchewan followed up the turnover with a big drive up the field, with former Stamp Shawn Bane Jr. putting together a 60-yard catch-and-run for the Riders to get move the chains to the Calgary seven-yard line.
Shea Patterson entered action on the next sequence for Saskatchewan, punching it in for a one-yard touchdown play, capping off a four-play, 83-yard drive. Despite an unsuccessful two-point conversion, the Riders took the lead 23-13 with 9:07 left in the fourth quarter.
Late in the game, Calgary completed a seven-play drive which was capped off by a three-yard touchdown dash from Maier, who dove into the endzone to close the scoreboard gap. After a successful conversion the score sat 23-20 with just over five minutes remaining.
Trailing late in the contest, the Stamps began their final march up the field (in regulation), putting together a seven play, 55-yard drive. On their final down, the Stamps set up a Paredes field goal attempt – which was good for 53-yards – tying the longest of his career and tying the game at 23 apiece, forcing overtime.
Paredes got another shot at the uprights in extra time, making good for his fourth field goal of the game to give the Stampeders the lead. 26-23. Saskatchewan answered back with a 38-yard field goal from Lauther, tying the game at 26-26 after the first overtime mini game. Lauther then put the Roughriders up 29-26 in the second overtime, completing a 20-yard field goal for his third of the game.
Finally, on the ensuing Stampeders possession, Nic Marshall intercepted a pass deep in the endzone, sealing the Riders’ win for a final score of 29-26.
The Stampeders head into their bye-week, as they get set to face the Winnipeg Bluebombers in Week 5.