The Saskatchewan Roughriders fell 48-15 to the Toronto Argonauts on Saturday. This was the first road game of the regular CFL season for Brendon LaBatte and the Riders.
Both the opening drives for the Argos and the Riders were two-and-out. Toronto then got on the board with a touchdown during their second series.
After starting at their 34-yard line, Ricky Ray marched it all the way down field and capped the series with a one-yard touchdown run to make the score 7-0.
The Riders gave up a turnover during their second series. This gave Toronto their third series at their one-yard line and they managed one first down before punting. Neither team were able to score any points, with the first quarter ending 7-0 for the Argos.
On the second play of the second quarter, Toronto hit a 19-yard field goal to take a 10-0 lead. The Riders got the ball at their 35-yard line after the field goal for their fourth possession. Two plays after, the Riders fumbled the ball and the Argos recovered. Toronto made short work of the drive, scoring a 15-yard touchdown pass for a 17-0 lead.
With 8:34 to go in the half, the Riders got their first sack of the game. When the Riders came out for their next possession, they attempted a 35-yard field goal, but the kick was wide and they settled for the single.
With 2:17 to go in the first half the Rider offense took over the ball at their 18-yard line. They got a first down after receiving a roughing-the-passer penalty before punting.
Toronto got the ball at their 20-yard line with 1:08 left in the half. They got just over midfield, when they fumbled on the final play, and the Riders recovered.
The Riders were two-and-out when they opened the third quarter with the ball. The Argos' first series began at their 15-yard line, and they scored a 14-yard touchdown pass to bring their lead to 24-1 at the 5:24 mark.
Toronto had their quarterback sacked with 7:25 left to go in the third quarter. They still managed a 51-yard punt single. The Riders scored their first touchdown of the game with 4:29 to go in the third, when they scored a 59-yard touchdown pass.
The Riders claimed another touchdown, when they captured a nine-yard touchdown with 1:36 remaining in the third. This made the score 25-14 for Toronto.
The first play of the fourth quarter was a 40-yard field goal for Toronto, to make the score 28-15. Then with 11:42 left on the clock, a 46-yard punt return set the Argos up at the Rider 50-yard line. After a few rushes for first downs, the Argos captured a five-yard touchdown pass to make the score 34-15.
The Riders quarterback was sacked for a nine-yard loss, with 7:59 remaining in the game.
Toronto claimed a 17-yard touchdown with 6:26 remaining in the game, for a 41-15 lead.
With 3:56 to go the Riders started at their 30-yard line after a 10-yard conduct penalty. They got all the way down to the Argo four-yard line, but had the ball intercepted by the Argos.
Toronto returned the ball 108 yards for another touchdown. The Riders had one last attempt at the goalline, but had a touchdown bomb knocked away by the Argos.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders will face up against the B.C. Lions at Mosaic Stadium on Saturday, July 12. As for Brett Jones and the Calgary Stampeders, they had the week off, and will return to action with a game against the Toronto Argos on Saturday, July 12.
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