CFL: Saskatchewan Roughriders Keep Rolling in Win Over Montreal Alouettes

TJ ZwarychSenior Writer IJuly 20, 2008

The Saskatchewan Roughriders are the only remaining undefeated team in the CFL and they are now 4-0!

Although the game was delayed almost an hour, the weather in Regina during the game was beautiful, and as a Rider fan, so was the fourth quarter.

Darian Durant won his second straight start against the pass-loving Alouettes. Durant showed that despite making some rookie mistakes (he isn't a rookie, but pretty close) he can pull tough games out.

Durant went 23-34 for 353 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions. Both interceptions were caught by former Roughrider Reggie Hunt, who played his first game since becoming a Montreal Alouette.

With the loss, the Alouettes drop to 2-2 but are still first in the Eastern Conference.

Anthony Calvillo had a great game, completing 29-41 passes for 352 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions.

Both interceptions came in the fourth quarter with one of them going to Lance Frazier (who gave me his glove after the game—thanks Lance!) to set up the game winning score, and the other one being caught by Anton McKenzie on a last-second Hail Mary attempt.

This is the first time the Roughriders have been 4-0 since 1970, 11 years before Frazier was born.

''I haven't been 4-0 with any team since my sophomore year in high school,'' Frazier said. ''That was 1997. This is huge and it's very emotional. Nobody gave us a chance and we're OK with that. We loved being the underdogs last year and look how that turned out."

After Frazier's key interception in the fourth quarter, Darian Durant had a one yard touchdown plunge to put the Riders ahead.

If the Roughriders keep rolling like this, they will be a hard team to beat.

The only three teams the Roughriders haven't played yet are the Calgary Stampeders, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, and the Toronto Arogonauts. They play Kerry Joseph and the Argos next week, and the Stamps the week after.

This team is for real—the way the Argos are playing as of late, it doesn't look like they can beat the Riders. The real test will be former Rider Henry Burris and the Stamps', who will be coming in Week Six.