While the game itself was a laugher—the Saskatchewan Roughriders pummelled the Ottawa RedBlacks 38-14—Ottawa's first score of the game was something special.
Late in the second quarter, the RedBlacks were already down 32-0 and had missed two field goals that would have at least put them on the board. On 3rd-and-3 from their own 53-yard line, Ottawa looked as if they were going to go for it, keeping quarterback Thomas DeMarco on the field with a full complement of backs and receivers.
DeMarco took the snap as his backfield took off in what appeared to be receiving patterns. But instead of dropping into the pocket for a pass, DeMarco punted the ball deep into Roughriders territory. The ball skipped at about the 17-yard line and rolled into the end zone.
As players from both teams trotted into the end zone to down the ball, RedBlacks receiver Dobson Collins stormed in from well behind the lead players and pounced on the loose ball. Upon review, Collins was indeed onside when DeMarco kicked the ball, still at least a yard behind the QB when the punt was made.
Net result, Ottawa's first home-field touchdown in their brief history as the newest CFL team. A highlight-reel play in an otherwise ugly game for the RedBlacks.
See the replay on the CFL website.
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