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Saskatchewan Roughriders Upset Calgary Stampeders in West Final

TORONTO, CANADA - JULY 11: Darian Durant #4 of the Saskatchewan Roughriders hands the ball off to Kory Sheets #1 during CFL game action against the Toronto Argonauts on July 11, 2013 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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Jim FlanneryAnalyst INovember 17, 2013

The Saskatchewan Roughriders took advantage of turnovers as well as injuries to easily beat the Calgary Stampeders in the CFL West Division Final, winning 35-13.

The win puts the Riders in the Grey Cup, which will be played next Sunday on their home field, Mosaic Stadium in Regina.

After place-kicker Rene Paredes put the Stampeders up 3-0 early in the first quarter, the Roughriders answered with a 10-play, 75-yard drive that resulted in a touchdown. 

The Riders would not relinquish that early lead, extending their advantage to 22-6 at half-time and never looking back from there.

The Stamps had a number of opportunities to make a game of it, but had an uncharacteristic rash of turnovers that sabotaged many of their chances. 

Calgary turned the ball over a total of seven times, twice on interceptions thrown by starting quarterback Kevin Glenn, one fumble by kick returner Larry Taylor, one turnover on downs and three lost fumbles by the receiving corps.

The Rider defense was also able to contain the CFL's top rusher for the first half, holding Jon Cornish to just four yards on the ground. Although Cornish finished with 67 yards rushing, he was never a factor.

Meanwhile, the Roughriders ground attack exploited two critical injuries in Calgary's defensive line. With Demonté Bolden and Micah Johnson on the shelf with knee injuries, running back Kory Sheets was able to gain yardage almost at will, finishing with 177 yards rushing and a touchdown. 

Riders QB Darian Durant also found himself with plenty of time to pass with the weakened Calgary D-line unable to put pressure on him. He was sacked just once, completing 80 percent of his passes for 280 yards and three TDs

Saskatchewan now heads home to prepare for next weekend's Grey Cup game against the East representative, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, who beat the Toronto Argonauts in the East Final earlier in the day by a score of 36-24.

The last time these two teams faced each other in a Grey Cup was in 1989 when the Roughriders beat the Ti-Cats 43-40. In that game, Saskatchewan quarterback Kent Austin won the game MVP; ironically, Austin is now Hamilton's head coach.

 

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