The Stampeders won an instant classic on Saturday night as veteran kicker Rene Paredes hit a last-second field-goal to push Calgary past Saskatchewan 33-31.
The win moves the Stamps to 2-3 on the season while the Riders fall to 3-2.
Tommylee Lewis, Luther Hakunavanhu and Dedrick Mills found the endzone in the win.
QB Jake Maier – 26-for-37 for 315 yards and two touchdowns
RB Dedrick Mills – 11 carries for 36-yards and one touchdown
REC Luther Hakunavanhu – five receptions for 94-yards and one touchdown
DL James Vaughters – five tackes, two sacks
The Riders got the first big play of the game in the first-quarter as speedy returner Mario Alford brought back a punt 66-yards for a touchdown to make the score 7-0 early.
The Stamps responded late in the first frame getting the ball down to the Riders 22-yardline on a nice pitch-and-catch between Maier and Luther Hakunavanhu. That led to a Calgary field-goal making the score 7-3 after one.
The Riders hit a field-goal of their own on their first drive of the second-quarter to make it 10-3.
Calgary hit another three from 51-yards out to get them within four, 10-6.
Maier found trusty receiver Reggie Begelton for 32-yards on the next Stamps drive, that lead to a Tommylee Lewis touchdown in his first career CFL game. It was 13-10.
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The Stamps forced a fumble in Riders territory that was recovered by Mike Rose and they found the endzone again as Maier spotted Hakunavanhu in the endzone to make the score 20-10 at the half.
The Riders drove halfway through the third-quarter but the Stamps came up with a huge stop on third-and-short to turn the ball over on downs.
The Stamps were forced to punt and Alford returned his second punt of the game to make the score 20-17.
That was the score heading into the final quarter.
The Riders intercepted Maier early in the fourth-quarter but Saskatchewan quarterback Trevor Harris took a hit following a run and had to leave the game. The Riders missed a field-goal that Clark Barnes returned to the Riders 24.
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Tailback Dedrick Mills punched the ball in from inside the five-yardline to extent the Stampeders lead to 27-17 with five-minutes to go.
The Riders countered quickly as they found the endzone with 2:45 to go. The score was 27-24.
Calgary then moved the ball down the field and tacked on a field-goal with 1:35 remaining making the score 30-24.
After back-to-back sacks the Riders backup QB Mason Fine tossed up a Hail Mary pass that somehow was caught for the touchdown to make the score 31-30 with 42-seconds to go in the game.
Calgary pulled off the improbable, driving down to the Riders 43-yardline and Paredes hit the 50-yard field goal to give the Stamps a 33-31 win.
The Stamps are back home Sunday, July 23 to host the Ottawa Redblacks! You can buy your tickets to the Family Day game here!