Glenn leads Riders to emphatic win over Redblacks in East semi

Kevin Glenn threw a touchdown pass and ran for another to lead the Saskatchewan Roughriders to a record-setting 31-20 East Division semifinal win over the Ottawa Redblacks on Sunday afternoon.

Saskatchewan visits the Toronto Argonauts in the East Division final next Sunday. The Roughriders will try to become the first crossover team to reach the Grey Cup since the rule was adopted in 1996.

Glenn finished 18-of-28 passing for 252 yards in his 12th career playoff start. Marcus Thigpen ran for a game-high 169 yards on 15 carries, including a key 75-yard TD scamper.

Trevor Harris, making his first career playoff start, had over 400 yards passing with two TDs and two interceptions for Ottawa. Harris is scheduled to become a free agent in February.

Ottawa suffered its first playoff loss after winning the 2015-16 East Division finals. The Redblacks (8-9-1) played their first semifinal game Sunday after finishing second to Toronto (9-9).

The Riders (10-8) were fourth in the West Division. They earned the East’s final playoff seed after amassing more points than the third-place Hamilton Tiger-Cats (6-10).

Saskatchewan and Ottawa combined for three touchdowns on the game’s first three possessions. That set CFL playoff marks for fastest two TDs (four minutes seven seconds); fastest three touchdowns (5:54); and first time the opening three possessions resulted in a touchdown.

Ottawa pulled to within 21-11 with Brett Maher’s 22-yard field goal at 2:56 of the third. But the Redblacks had a glorious chance for more after recovering a Saskatchewan fumble on a punt return at the Roughriders’ 19-yard line.

Thigpen cemented the win with his TD run on the next possession, putting Saskatchewan ahead 28-11 to the dismay of the TD Stadium sellout of 24,107.

Maher’s 29-yard field goal at 8:04 cut Saskatchewan’s lead to 28-14 but the Riders countered with Tyler Crapigna’s 31-yard boot to end the third for a 31-14 advantage.

Vernon Adams Jr. and Bakari Grant had Saskatchewan’s other touchdowns. Crapigna added the converts and a field goal.

Diontae Spencer and Juron Criner scored Ottawa’s touchdowns. Criner added a two-point convert while Maher booted a field goal.

Adams Jr. gave Saskatchewan a 21-8 half-time advantage with a one-yard TD run at 10:26 of the second quarter. The Riders dominated the opening half, outgaining Ottawa 308-213 and holding the ball for over 18 minutes.

Saskatchewan also forced two key turnovers. Samuel Eguavoen’s interception halted an Ottawa scoring drive at the Riders’ 10-yard line in the first before Ryan Lindley lost a fumble in the second at the Redblacks 37-yard line.

Saskatchewan’s defence forced 40 takeways (13 fumbles, 19 interceptions, eight on downs) this year, third-most in the CFL. Ottawa’s offence had 34 turnovers, third-most overall.

Saskatchewan opened the scoring with Glenn’s 29-yard TD strike to Grant at 2:49. Ottawa countered at 4:07 with Harris’s 56-yard TD pass to Spencer before finding Criner on the two-point convert.

Glenn’s one-yard TD run at 5:54 gave Saskatchewan a 14-8 lead, capping an eight-play, 82-yard march.

-CP

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48 Comments on Glenn leads Riders to emphatic win over Redblacks in East semi

  1. True Green // November 12, 2017 at 4:07 pm //

    Hello Donkey, coming to get you

  2. Former Cat Marcus Thigpen made Alex Green look as fast rushing as green grass growing.Your right, Snake, why did the Cats not reclaim mighty Thigpen?

    • Thigpen was sitting out of football. Anyone could have picked him up. It’s almost retribution as Thigpen was on the Riders Practise squad years ago when Hamilton picked him off of there.
      So all is fair in love and football.

    • Possibly his age was a factor , he is 31. Probably much like CJ Gable he is a playoff push solution not a long term building block . Both my Riders and Edmonton have the luxury of having younger guys around for the long term future and can pick a vet up for the playoffs and some platooning next year.

  3. Is it about the riders winning or me losing Truegreen? 😉

    Congratulations to the riders…..they won and the fans can celebrate. This day is sad and scary for all of sports dating back to the Roman empire

    • True Green // November 12, 2017 at 5:08 pm //

      Well, a little of both!
      I truly hope the final gladiator battle in two weeks is between our teams Stampyou, that would be a first in CFL history i believe? And one hell of a showdown between what i think is the best rivalry in the league. Good luck next week!

  4. It was a very well officiated game – not many flags – game allowed to be wide open

    Congrats officiating crew !!!!

    • Congrats to the Officiating crew? seriously?
      Why are you congratulating them on this site? do you think they are on here reading your comment????

      Just make the comment that you thought the refs did a good job – no need to say “congratulations”

    • Lancaster/Reed // November 12, 2017 at 5:55 pm //

      I agree, very few penalties called like it should be. Did you notice how fast the game seemed to play without all those penalty announcements? It made for a great viewing experience.

  5. Forgive me for being Bitter.Bakari Grant and Banks could have been a high scoring dual for the Tiger-Cats! Many fans, including Mark,must regret Bakari’s release.

  6. BleedzGreen // November 12, 2017 at 4:21 pm //

    Great win… Not even Rod Black could spoil this game!

  7. Hah!

  8. Harris can’t throw
    Harris can read the defence
    Ottawa game played poorly
    Defence can’t win rushing three all day…
    Last three minutes was dreadful… They needed 14? And threw 5 yard dumps…
    No running game…
    Pathetic and disappointed.

    • True Green // November 12, 2017 at 5:09 pm //

      And worst short kick attempt I’ve ever seen.

    • We knew that their DBs were bad and wouldn’t be able to keep up.
      I’m not going to make the excuse about “injuries”
      I don’t want to use the old lame Ticat fan excuse!! When players go down you have to replace them.

  9. Jim Harvie // November 12, 2017 at 4:29 pm //

    I’m with Simoni in picking Edmonton vs Sask in the cup

  10. Oh, and WORST onside kick ever…

  11. Great game, Riders. I expected a very close game, either way. I know the game against Toronto will be a different level. And that without the crowd that Ottawa brings. Hope the Riders can keep the drive alive. And for all the naysayers, thumbs are down!!!

    • The Riders should take the final in Toronto.
      Ricky Ray and the Argos are overrated.
      Not too many people in Toronto give a damn about them so it would be a shame for them to get to the Grey Cup

  12. Rick cowan // November 12, 2017 at 4:50 pm //

    Hay Donkey I don’t have to put my jersey away yet

  13. Once again, Go Bombers!!!

  14. Congratulations to Kevin Glenn. Keep ‘er going guy!

  15. Looks like an ALL WEST Grey Cup this year.
    Chris Jones is looking like a genius

  16. Congrat’s KG, you played an awesome game, crossing my fingers that you get one more shot at the earning that missing GC ring !!!

    • But why say “congrats KG” ? it’s not like he reads 3down nation……………

      • Lancaster/Reed // November 12, 2017 at 6:10 pm //

        Again jim? Give it a rest. Do you ever yell at your team while watching a game on tv? You know, yelling RUN, or NICE TACKLE? Why? They cant hear you.

  17. Haha can’t wait to run the table on all you idiots in Edmonton and Calgary. Unemployed red necks in that province. Run your mouth and let’s see eh boys. You idiots.

    • Is it that much better in Sask? while I hate your team I think Alberta and Sask should stand United on the political and economic front.

      • Lancaster/Reed // November 12, 2017 at 5:51 pm //

        Politics is about the only area you and I may have some common ground.

      • True Green // November 12, 2017 at 7:05 pm //

        Holy shite we finally agree on something Donkey. Maybe you’re not so bad after all 🙂

        I’d like to see the CFL played as a 2 country/division league, the All West Canadian Conservative League Vs the Ontario/Quebec Liberal League. Maybe in the future there would be a third Maritime division.

        • Lol the maritime league would only servive off the good will of the western league. We’d have to spot them points every game and agree to take all the penalties

  18. Must be sad to live a life based on hate.

  19. Lancaster/Reed // November 12, 2017 at 6:03 pm //

    OK fellow riders fans, it was a great win, but the only thing it means is the riders are guaranteed at least one more game this season. There is no trophy for todays victory, and its still a long way to the grey cup. Dont get ahead of yourself. Folow the lead of the team. There is zero chance the riders are looking beyond toronto. We shouldnt either. Lookin forward to the EAST FINAL.

    • Good thing you didn’t have prulux officiating today. He’s screwing the bombers over right now

      • Lancaster/Reed // November 12, 2017 at 6:32 pm //

        Its pretty sad that andre is considered good enough to ref a playoff game. But youre right, when he refs the rider game, its pretty much a guaranteed loss.

    • Great post L/R, agreed Toronto will be a huge challenge . However it is nice to be back in a relevant playoff game after two terrible seasons. 1 game off appearing in potentially 5 grey cups in 10 years not bad not bad at all, counting from 207-2017 if this year happens. grey cup appearances 2007, 2009. 2010. 2013 and ???

  20. The 13th Rider // November 12, 2017 at 6:59 pm //

    I am thinking that the name Blue Bombers will be more derogatory than Eskimos, anything is better than the Stamps, but we will take on any Albertan which brings me to my next point, I really think the Grey Cup needs to have Akroyd and Belushi (younger) singing the Blues Brothers rendition of Rawhide for the Grey Cup, please God…let it be the Stamps and Riders…an all Western Grey Cup, what a party!!
    Move ’em on, head ’em up
    Head ’em up, move ’em on
    Move ’em on, head ’em up, rawhide
    Cut ’em out, ride ’em in
    Ride ’em in, cut ’em out
    Cut ’em out, ride ’em in, rawhide
    Keep movin’, movin’, movin’
    Though they’re disapprovin’
    Keep them dogies movin’, rawhide
    Don’t try to understand ’em
    Just rope ’em, throw, and brand ’em
    Soon we’ll be livin’ high and wide!

  21. We played a good game. Gotta hang onto those picks. Will be interesting what the roster looks like again next week. Should be 2 good games. Nobody knows what will happen.
    Go Riders

  22. Ok I don’t want to bash anyone and I don’t want to be bashed. Had a few wobbly pops and I’m just happy and I want to sing. I can’t help it. I just need a campfire and a few more fans sitting around for the chorus. Ok… here goes. Hope the neighbours join in. In fact I hope the whole damn Province joins in….
    Green is the Colour. Football is the Game. We’re all together and Winning is our aim. So Cheer us on through the sun and rain. Saskatchewan Roughriders is our name.

    Let’s show our pride in the Green & White. We will fight, Green & White. Sing loud and clear till the game is won. The best is yet to come.

    Green is the Colour. Football is the Game. We’re all together and Winning is our aim. So Cheer us on through the sun and rain. Saskatchewan Roughriders is our name.

    Here at Taylor Field we are Number one. We’re the best; East or West. We’ll give our all till the game is done. Stand up and sing everyone …. Hey!

    Green is the Colour. Football is the Game. We’re all together and Winning is our aim. So Cheer us on through the sun and rain. Saskatchewan Roughriders is our name.

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