Riders find a way to win, beat Ticats 18-13

Saskatchewan’s Marcus Thigpen didn’t need much space to change the game.

Thigpen found a hole and went 34 yards for the touchdown with 1:29 to play as the Roughriders downed the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 18-13 on Thursday.

Lirim Hajrullahu’s fourth field goal of the night – a 39-yarder – gave Hamilton a 13-12 lead with 6:27 to go in the fourth quarter, but Saskatchewan quarterback Brandon Bridge engineered a four-play drive starting on the Roughriders 33 that was capped by Thigpen.

“It just kind of opened up front side, so I took it and the rest history,” said Thigpen.

Bridge finished 11-of-13 passing for 101 yards, while backup David Watford was 3-for-6 for 47 yards. Thigpen had 50 yards on seven carries.

Roughriders (2-2) head coach Chris Jones wasn’t afraid to change his quarterback throughout the evening as Watford made his first appearance on the Riders’ third drive of the game.

“I’m hard on (the quarterbacks),” said Jones. “We’re going to keep grinding until we figure it out.”

The Ticats (2-2) dominated the scoresheet in most of the offensive categories with 429 yards of offence compared to the Riders 298. Despite the lopsided numbers, they were unable to cross the goal line all night.

“We knew that they were a great defensive team,” said Ticats defensive lineman Ted Laurent. “Kudos to them, they had a great game plan.”

Tiger-Cats quarterback Jeremiah Masoli produced his ninth straight game with 300 or more yards passing to tie a long-standing CFL record shared by Sam Etcheverry and Kent Austin. He finished the game with 333 yards, but no touchdowns and one interception.

Brandon Banks was Masoli’s top target with seven receptions for 113 yards.

The visitors opened the scoring with an 11-yard field goal from Hajrullahu on Hamilton’s first drive of the game. Hajrullahu would attempt another field goal later in the quarter but missed leading to a rouge.

The Riders appeared to have taken the lead in the second quarter after a mad scramble by Bridge, but after another look by the command centre it was concluded that Bridge fumbled right before crossing the goal line.

Later in the quarter, defensive end Charleston Hughes forced a fumble and 57-yard recovery for a touchdown to give the Riders a 6-4 lead. The Ticats responded with another Hajrullahu field goal for a 7-6 edge at the half.

Brett Lauther added a field goal midway through the third quarter for a 9-7 lead only for Hajrullahu to respond with another field goal of his own.

The see-saw battle continued early in the fourth quarter with Lauther hitting a 41-yard field goal for a 12-10 lead.

Thigpen’s game-winning touchdown was the seventh lead change of the game.

“We did what we had to do to win the game,” said Jones. “I thought our guys did an outstanding job.”

Both teams are now on their first bye-week of the season and meet again on July 19 in Hamilton.


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206 Comments on Riders find a way to win, beat Ticats 18-13

  1. What an inept offensive performance from these two bottom feeders.

    Brando Bridge with a laughable 101yds passing.

    Jer Masoli – – dumber than a bag of rocks – – with a brutal 4thQ INT.

    • True Green // July 6, 2018 at 12:19 am //

      Let’s go Riders! Grey Cup bound!
      Yeah but seriously, thank god for D. That was a good solid defensive outing by half of our team. And a few great individual plays on Offence. I’ll take it. The QB rotation is just baffling. Maybe it’s all a part of Jones master plan…. they’re just faking the unexplainable decisions.

    • Can’t wait for your Argo Nots to underwhelm us Areola

    • MR. Green // July 6, 2018 at 12:34 am //

      51 you called Stanford garbage a while back. I was angry after his holding penalty early, but he made a great catch and a huge block on Thigpens TD on the wide DB. He’s only 23.
      Jones is a great coach and said he will figure it out. He admitted he’s hard on his QB’s and will get something figured out,( like last season.)
      Carter played well and they matched player for player on D.
      As for Bridge, not sold, but I’ll take the win against a good Hamilton team. I hope Collaros is back soon.
      Zach tonight and we win easier. Time of possession wasn’t too bad, it was 18-11 minutes at one time but the coaches did thier best with poor QB’s to keep it under control and help the defence some. But Collaros and the time of possession is closer and Masoli doesn’t reach 300. Three brutal calls from the refs helped Hamilton,but we were resilient.

      • Stampeding // July 6, 2018 at 12:38 am //

        What exactly did you figure out last year. You basically palyed musical Qbs like you are now. Only the names have changed!

        • Puck Hog // July 6, 2018 at 12:40 am //

          Time for ma to tuck you in.

        • MR. Green // July 6, 2018 at 12:41 am //

          And it it got is a minute from the cup without a legit starter. He maximized QB play for what we had. A quality QB last season and we easily win the Grey Cup.
          Jones knows what he is doing. You don’t know what your talking about. Now pizz off!

          • Well there were 2 HOF QB’s on the TSN panel tonight who disagree with your claim that Jones knows what he’s doing.

          • Puck Hog // July 6, 2018 at 1:03 am //

            One who couldn’t make it as a coach, and we are, after all, talking about coaching.

          • lol
            Who are you trying to convince that Jones knows what he’s doing, me or yourself???
            FYI- Dunigan with a single year of experience had a defense as good has Jones right now and a better offense- and that was with the owners son at QB!!!!

          • Puck Hog // July 6, 2018 at 1:46 am //

            Look, we are all aware that you have split personalities, and you respond to your own posts, and you change your name every day, but try to focus on the comment to which you are responding. Now remember, it is YOU who tries to convince yourself that the Riders and Jones are the boogie men. Your unhealthy obsession and hatred of the Riders is based on jealousy and fear. That, and the fact that you’re bat cave gonzo……..

      • Puck Hog // July 6, 2018 at 12:39 am //

        I don’t like to comment on officiating, but you’re correct -Riders are getting shafted on some of these phantom calls!

    • A51 is a dbag // July 6, 2018 at 12:35 am //

      Bottom feeders?
      The Argos play Friday.

      • Philski // July 6, 2018 at 7:47 pm //

        LOL! I don’t even respond to this non-objective clown anymore…waste of space.

    • Cant exactly blame Bridge for his low passing yards when he was puled every other play… He was 11-13 i believe? Thats not exactly terrible. Typical A51. Use ony part of the story to reflect it in a negative light. You’re a sad sack.

      • Tailgate YYC // July 6, 2018 at 11:21 am //

        The play calling for the Riders was awful.
        Easily read by the Cats.
        I don’t know about Jones. Looked desperate to me. Almost out of his league. I do not like this QB rotation thing.

    • Area. Hamilton executed 58 plays on offence. The interception was absolutely brutal but it does not support your analysis.

      I am still having trouble with Tolliver. Masoli hit him in the hands in the end zone. If he makes that play the game goes the other way.

    • Sir Gallahsn of the Prairies // July 6, 2018 at 6:33 am //

      Only a true basement dweller uses the word bottom feeder. Watching his favourite Stargate TV shows and then naming himself after and Area in the kids show. A true slithering silverfish that obviously has no football IQ. Just a juvenile name calling brat that has no I’d what a defensive battle is all about.

    • More positive comments from Area-Chitty-1.

    • True Green // July 6, 2018 at 9:44 am //

      How are these two teams bottom feeders, compared to your Argos? What has your team accomplished? I do recall a week 1 win in favour of my “bottom feeder” team over yours.

      • Oh wait a second True Green.
        How can you disparage the Argos? They are the defending Grey Cup Champs as you reminded us all after you beat them!!
        Funny how you convenience speak!

        • True Green // July 7, 2018 at 8:53 pm //

          I’ve haven’t reminded anyone of that here once. That’s on you, living in your convenient world inventing statements from others.

    • Elaine Ottoson // July 6, 2018 at 10:12 am //

      JUst win baby

    • greenrider89 // July 6, 2018 at 1:09 pm //

      Are you referring to Toronto (centre of the universe)?

  2. Stampeding // July 6, 2018 at 12:18 am //

    Give credit where it’s due. The riders defensive front played pretty well. But the Helter Skelter QB management by Jones is awful.

  3. God damn Hamilton is a fantastic football team. Nothing but respect to June Jones his staff, and the players for a 180 turn around.

    Definitely Eastern representative in Edmonton this year. Cheers Cats – great battle!!

    • I’m going to say that Masoli is fantastic. They’ve got more than just Masoli, but he’s the guy reaching elite status. I’m also going to say, HOLY COW is that Rider defence fantastic! That was right up there with the greatest defensvie performances I’ve ever seen. The offence … not so much, but the defence was amazing. Now we have to get the OL and the QBs sorted out. Will we see a trade during the off week?

    • Looked like an illusionist’s trick raising the curtain to view the Austin Cats of 2017; shocking to witness, and with that sickening familiar feeling of the past.

  4. Evil Empire // July 6, 2018 at 12:18 am //

    The Riders were the better team tonight. Congrats to them.

    • Hardly! They had a play or two go their way at the right time in a very tight game. Hamilton for the most part dominated the game but made just one or two too many mistakes at the wrong time. Passes just off in the end zone or they would have had at least 2 TDs instead of FGs – possibly 3. They had plenty of good plays on D keeping the Riders offense stymied except for that late drive. Certainly there are lots of things for the Ticats to improve, including better returns to get themselves into better field position to start drives. They are still the better team.

      • True Green // July 6, 2018 at 1:22 am //

        Cats had plays go there way to. Cats have a team that’s clicking better than the Riders right now but I wouldn’t say they’re way better. They did lose after all. 6

        • Riders made about four plays that counted, Ticats made WAY more but failed to capitalize on scoring opportunities. That can be improved pretty quickly. Not sure how quickly the Rider O can get itself to make more than 2-3 good plays in a game (one of your scores WAS from the defense). Ticats are WAY ahead of the Riders, but as with all teams certainly have areas that they need to improve – especially in the return game.



    • MR. Green // July 6, 2018 at 12:38 am //

      Nope! Wrong. Not a Chris Jones Defence. I’ll take him over any football coach. He’s a coach as the season goes gets it right. A Manziel against a week 15 Rider D, Riders pitch a shutout.

    • Yes he would have. There is no way Manziel goes full game and no touchdowns. Lot of yards for Masoli but al between the 20 heard lines. The have to give Manziel a few game reps every game to get ready. There seems to be this belief by some on here if you put him in he is not going to advance ball and score.

  6. Chris Jones gave the NFL coaches a true whipping and lesson on how to win a game in the CFL..Truly disgruntled Cat fan!!

  7. mr62cats // July 6, 2018 at 12:21 am //

    My prediction: Masoli will start in the return matchup against Saskatchewan despite a terrible performance by the offence tonight.
    But if we stumble like we did tonight,I think Jones will have found his excuse to put Manziel in the game.

    • Masoli played alright. There just wasn’t alot out there tonight for either team. The very first drive looked like a missed PI on the goal line and there was another near catch on a long throw in the 2nd.

    • Mr62. You hang this one on Masoli??!!??

    • Red&White Forever // July 6, 2018 at 11:27 am //

      I would be careful what you wish for. Masoli has been playing well so far, and Manziel hasn’t even thrown a pass in a regular season game yet.

  8. Mazola oil just like bo levis michelle is just an overrated qb just like the tiger cats are overrated, no real surprise here.

  9. Puck Hog // July 6, 2018 at 12:33 am //

    The Riders pull off a huge win. We’ve got big problems, however. We need a qb. We need to make changes to our o-line. We need to rush more than three -just look at the success near the end when there were five rushing. I hope this team can make these improvements as the season goes on, but for now, we’ll take the two points!

    • Collaros could still be our guy. Mike Reilly is a FA at the end of the year and he won a GC with Jones in Edmonton. As for this year, I can think of some trade possibilities.

      On the OL Clark continues to be a weak link. When JSJ gets back I’d like to try Bladek at C and JSJ at G. It would be nice if Schram turned out to be a player too.

      • Puck Hog // July 6, 2018 at 12:57 am //

        If that tap to Collaros’ chin concussed him, then we can’t ever depend upon him playing for a long period of time. Riley seems happy in Edmonton, although that would be cool to snag him as a FA.
        Not sure about JSJ, is he a dud?

        • Reilly doesn’t seem so happy this year. I think the Esks are regressing under Sunderland.

          They keep saying that JSJ has looked very good in off season camps, but then he gets injured in training camp.

      • RFD, settle down and breathe…its week four, great to win a tight football game but geez, I wonder what goes on over there in Saskatchewan sometimes.

  10. Once again Jer Masoli has more INTs than TDs. And that 4thQ pick by Antigha – – a DE who was inexplicably lined up at Safety on the play – – was atrocious.

    Masoli and his comically weak arm just lifting a wobbling rainbow up right to the defender for an easy pick.

    • Again Areola…..we will wait for your Argo Nots to underwhelm us on the weekend

    • MR. Green // July 6, 2018 at 12:48 am //

      Going into the game, Jones said he liked Antigahs versatility, a former receiver. He said he would play back at times. The guy is a smart coach.
      What’s funny is, Masoli loses a game an somebody cries foul. Give the defence credit. His reciever ran like he was out for a jog in the park and never looked. He does make dangerous throws at times, but he ain’t garbage like you insinuate. Your eye for talent is. Infact, are you blind?

    • Here he is Ladies and Gents. Just like I told you, JM has 1 bad game, and Boom. “my prediction of JM was accurate all along.” Move along [email protected] no one respects your opinion here.

  11. Somehow Bridge or Watford need to step up. The defense can’t stand on its head forever. BUT that was a damn impressive game by the D unit. Carter did much better tonight playing the wide side of the field. The extra distance lets him catch up to the ball and I think he had a very solid game.

    If Mazoli keeps playing like this in Hamilton I really could see Jones calling Tillman to try to get Johnny Football in green though.

  12. Cats let one get away. Gotta finish drives if you want to win.

  13. June Jones and his gimmick offence has always been able to put up big yardage with scrub QBs – – Tim Chang…Colt Brennan…Kyle Padron – – but they could never win anything.

    Casual fans will “celebrate” Masoli throwing for 300yds again without realizing he had more INTs than TDs yet again.

    • CanuckDomer // July 6, 2018 at 12:51 am //

      Had more to do with who they played than the “system” offence…remember that Hawaii was in the Western Athletic Conference which didn’t play much defense…

      But once again, you show you don’t have a clue what you are commenting on…

    • Area. Is your full time job picking cherries?

      • Philski // July 6, 2018 at 7:51 pm //

        Abacus…don’t usually agree with you…but…GD man…that is one good comment…LOL!

  14. Just saying // July 6, 2018 at 12:44 am //

    Hold on! Masoli through for over 300 yards against the best defensive performance for any team this year. Masoli is top notch. There defence is also top notch. We got away with one tonight Go riders

    • Let’s not forget Masoli also had ZERO (0) touchdowns and catastrophic INT in the 4thQ.

      That’s the second game there year where Masoli hasn’t managed to throw for a TD and made an incredibly dumb decision on a late INT.

      But the down-and-out little village of Hamilton can “celebrate” that he had 300yds passing.

      • MR. Green // July 6, 2018 at 12:58 am //

        Why do you gotta rip the city of Hamilton. You think your better than all the men, women and children who reside there?
        You’re an arrogant POS and the 2nd biggest loser next to red in this site.

        • You’ve never had the displeasure of being in Hamilton have you, my friend.

          Take a stroll down Barton Street if you ever find yourself in that dumpy little village.

        • Its not just there. He has superiority complex. It pertains to everyone he meets. whether it be online or those he runs across in his sad, lonely, debt riddled life.

      • Area. Three comment but only one point. Take the rest of the night off. Perhaps a new thought will come to you in your sleep

  15. Solara2000 // July 6, 2018 at 12:50 am //

    A Cats fan and supporter of Masoli but I couldn’t believe the fantasies being exposed leading up to this game. No Hamiltoon is not a great team, they are a good team and no, Masoli in the same breath as Etchevery and tonight’s reference to Flutie, please who is smoking what?

    • Solara2000 // July 6, 2018 at 12:51 am //

      ‘Espoused. Not exposed – damn auto correct

    • Calgary,Edmonton, Winnipeg and Ottawa are still the elite teams in the CFL while Hamilton has tumbled down the ladder or is it sliding down the snake.

      • Hamilton went toe to toe with Calgary (actually outplayed them) and BEAT Edmonton AND Winnipeg! Don’t see how they are losing ground and not bordering on elite.

        • Edmonton just game off a gruelling record long thunderstorm game and may not of reflected their true strength while Winnipeg was without their leader Nichols.Hollow wins – now we know – by highly over-rated Hamilton.

      • True Green // July 6, 2018 at 1:27 am //


  16. Cat Lover // July 6, 2018 at 12:51 am //

    It’s clear now, the Cats need to improve on kick returns. Starting drives with better field position might have made a difference in this game. I don’t believe they’ve begun a drive on the other side of midfield yet this season. Riders defence was ferocious tonight. Held the running game in check while with over 300 yards passing Hamiilton unable to find the end zone. Having said that I have great faith in The coaching staff and the team and would hope they get revenge in their next date with Saskatchewan coming up after the bye. GO CATS!

  17. Mercer Timid is not a pro level RB.

    Other than his one game wonder when Edmonton’s defence somehow slept through the entire game, Timid has been completely useless.

    In the three non-Edmonton games Timid has 20 carries for a grand total of 42yds.

    You’re going nowhere with a hack like that at RB.

  18. Charleston-once every three-Hughes, played well

  19. Just saying // July 6, 2018 at 1:02 am //

    There’s nothing wrong with the cats, at least watching from my side. Neither team scored 20 points because of great defence.

  20. BlueBomberChris // July 6, 2018 at 1:02 am //

    Well a win is a win, they don’t ask how, just how many. Can’t say it was a thrilling game but that’s been all the Thursday night snoozers this season. I thought the Riders did a great job regrouping from last week. I had a feeling they’d win (at least keep/make it close) given they were most likely very fired up to prove last week did not represent their team.

    Either way it’s a basic grudge match for Saskatchewan as they have a bye before playing in the doughnut box if I’m not mistaken and it’ll be interesting to see what happens then. It is still week four and some teams have only played 2/3/4 games; there are still a few questions on each team and lots of time left to emerge from any early season holes (perceived or real)

  21. doobzacheria // July 6, 2018 at 1:03 am //

    Ha ha, manyhandles just tried calling in on the Rider’s call in show. Had trouble forming coherent sentences, then admitted he wasn’t a Rider fan, and had Ballsy hang up on him.

  22. ColdCalgary. // July 6, 2018 at 1:08 am //

    A Rider victory with a great defensive effort with an inept offense. Thank goodness for a bye week with a victory.

  23. Kudos to Cats for a good game. Masoli is a freaking beast. June Jones looks like one hell of a coach too.

    • I suppose that compared to the incompetent Brando Bridge and hopeless Dave Watford Masoli could be considered a “freaking beast”.

      But relative to all other pro level QBs, Masoli is a weak-armed hack who’s dumber than a bag of rocks and throws as many INTs as TDs.

      • Look, I’m sorry everyone is taller than you and that’s been hard on you all these years so I understand that EVERY post is some sort of insult, but don’t you have something more than “hack” or “dumber than a bag of rocks”? Crawl back into your hole. – Heaven knows its tiny.

  24. Scottsask // July 6, 2018 at 1:26 am //

    Great game by the defense and special teams. Duron was used well on defense tonight, as in they put him in s position not to fail. Offense stunk, but a big play was made when needed. A win going into the bye week, hopefully enough time to get the offense figured out. Go Riders!

    • Yes, hiding Duron Carter at wide side CB to protect him from getting torched was a merciful decision by the Rider braintrust.

      Especially against a weak-armed QB like Jer Masoli who had no hope of throwing fluttering puffballs that far.

  25. Can’t believe how terrible Hamilton played. Very embarrassing loss. Hopefully they bring some their A game for the next game. Ticats should win by 50 points or more. Lets learnf from this very poor effort.

  26. Scottsask // July 6, 2018 at 1:54 am //

    For what it’s worth, I don’t think the cats played poorly at all. Riders d just played a bit better.

  27. Had a good laugh at Hamilton Fan proclaiming the TiCats “dominated” the Riders.

    This is a team that just lost to the CIS-level Alouettes. A team who’s useless QBs combined to put up s grand total of 148yds and ZERO (0) touchdowns.

    Inexcusable for Hamilton to lose this game.

    • Only one useless on here is you. You must use 2 or 3 templates as you make the same comments but change out teams and players.

      • Just comment on the game and forget attacking other posters. We get it you are upset the Ticats lost this game. Tell us what went wrong.
        It’s pretty easy to make some juevenile comments about other posters instead of making a football comment

  28. Masoli again found a way to throw a game away. Horrible 4th Quarter. His yardage stats are a joke as can’t do ut when counts. Awful INT In 4th. Terrible drives in 4th.. Terrible throws.Hope we are finally done with the Masoli for MOP talk. Ti-Cats D must be really upset.

    • Dude. Without Masoli the Ticats may have put up a goose egg in this game. Without his mobility and arm you probably would have had fewer passing yards than the Riders did. And he was your leading rusher by far. Oh wait, wait! Forget all that! You’re right. He’s terrible. Do you want to trade Masoli for Bridge??

      • So what? he still lost the game!!
        It didn’t matter that he put up 333 yards passing.
        That doesn’t get you any points.
        I suppose having a 300 yard passer can satisfy some Ticat fans but if they can’t win games it means nothing!!

        • The first point is that Masoli didn’t throw the game away. The second point is that ever team is going to lose games. In order to get better you have to accurately assess what happened and make the right changes to get better. If Masoli was one of your better players, but you blame him for the loss anyway, then you’re not accurately assessing what happened. And you’re not going to make the right changes to get better.

      • A goose Egg? isn’t that what he did?
        If you can’t generate a TD but only a couple of FGs and singles that’s zero points by the offense, the other points are all special team points.

  29. Stampeder horses broken leg // July 6, 2018 at 4:00 am //

    Wins don’t show how they are won. Just that they are won. As the season goes on and injuries happen the story can change.
    As for Scrub 51. Bridge made plays, Masoli looks to be the best qb in the league. One mistake, but he made throws to make receivers open. That is something you can’t teach.

    • Masoli best QB in the league? he put up some good “statistics” but he couldn’t generate a TD last night.
      Some bad mistakes at crucial times.
      A good QB would have put the Riders away early.

  30. Dedmonton // July 6, 2018 at 4:39 am //

    Area51 find a good group home
    You can probably function in society but you need some help and support.

    • You might want to comment on the game or the players instead of attacking other posters.
      I get it, you don’t like Area51s comments, okay, then tell us why you disagree instead of the childish outbursts against posters

  31. After dominating in the first quarter and only getting four points pretty well for told the games outcome. We lost to a team that has no QB and yes the defense played well but still no killer instinct giving up 34 yard TD run with 1:54 left in game. They played blitz ball and neither Glanville or Jones could cope. After three pretty impressive outings we blew the pooch again to rookie QB’s. Not writing off the season or blaming the QB he did what he had to do with what protection he had which in the second half was virtually none. Let’s see how we recover after the break but when you get down to it we should never have lost this game coach!

    • And I’m sure the coach AND players would agree with you, Frank! THEY know what they should have done and will hopefully use the time off to plan a better strategy for the re-match in two weeks.

  32. RalphInTheCreek // July 6, 2018 at 7:13 am //

    This game has to go down as STRANGE where Ham finds a way to lose rather than Sask finds a way to win.

    • Actually I think the Riders found a way to win. the offence obviously struggled big time for most of the game, but in crunch time the put together the crucial drive that won us the game.

  33. Ari Katz // July 6, 2018 at 7:27 am //

    Embarassing loss especially when Saskatchewan has so many weknesses. I have read comments above that June Jones coaching last night was good. Bluntly , it was not. He missed throwing a challenge flag on a play that he should have. He left Masoli in a game that Masoli was not playing well. Teams that want to finish in first place pull out all stops. How many times did Chris Jones change up his quarterbacks last night? There is no excuse but this loss falls squarely on June Jones lap. John White got one handoff and then wasn’t utilized again?l Like the Calgary game , this was game in which a change of pace was needed at quarterback and in which Johnny Manziel should have been inserted into the game at the start of the 4rth quarter. It is frustrating as Hamilton should not have lost this game. This loss is firmly on June Jones.

    • Peter N // July 6, 2018 at 10:26 am //

      He also screwed up the coin toss. Riders won it and deferred and June Jones chose a side giving the Riders the ball in the first half. Riders than had choice and ended up getting the ball to start both halves.

      • Because the Ticats wanted to take the wind in the fourth quarter. That’s usually how it’s done if wind is a factor!

        • Peter N // July 6, 2018 at 12:41 pm //

          That is almost never how it is done. He could have taken the ball in the first half which has zero impact on getting the wind in the 4th quarter they only had choice for the first half.

          Riders were always going to choose the ball to start the 2nd half allowing Hamilton to take the wind in the 4th quarter.

  34. Ticats63 // July 6, 2018 at 7:51 am //

    Last night took us back to 2017 and any other season in the last 20+ you want to choose:
    – Ineffective offensive line (what happened???).
    – QB scrambling for his life most of the night.
    – No rush game (except for the aforementioned QB scrambles).
    – “Close but no cigar” offense, getting to the red zone and settling for FG’s.
    – Bad special teams on returns and coverage
    – Solid defense until giving up the big plays late in a close game.

    These guys looked like they were reading their own clippings:
    – Power Ranked #2.
    – Playing a lousy team that Montreal dominated last week.
    – Looking ahead to some R&R in the first half of their bye week.

    So, yes, that’s all on the coaches – not so much for the game strategy (although I don’t disagree with Ari Katz), but on the game preparation.

    Jones and his staff have some work to do before the re-match.

    (PS: Don’t some of you have anything better to do in the middle of the night than take shots at each other on this forum?)

    And oh yeah….good broadcast on TSN by Cuthbert and Suitor, as usual.

    • antoine lussier // July 6, 2018 at 8:11 am //

      you are right-thanks to CUTHBERT AND SUITOR for broadcasting these oftentimes boring games–I may not always agree with their comments and analysis but they do add flavor to the games. now if tsn could do something about the pre-game panel of MOE,JOE AND CURLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • True Green // July 6, 2018 at 9:52 am //

      I bought he cats o line held up well. Masoli had all kinds of time unless the Riders threw everything at him.

    • Well said,Ticats63, my gut reaction took me right back to those helpless times. Glad that Masoli got his yards for the night was the only difference.

  35. Major Pane // July 6, 2018 at 8:02 am //

    Puddy cats deserve to lose that game
    You kick field goals don’t score Majors you deserve to lose that game
    You let the riders hang around deserve to lose that game
    you turn the ball over deserve to lose that game

  36. Ari Katz // July 6, 2018 at 8:18 am //

    Ticats63 add to this that Masoli was banged up from the last game and took some very solid hits again last night and was down at one point. Saskatchewan’s defensive line is the best dline that we have played so far and it looked like our rookie offensive lineman had his hands full last night but I think Chris Jones out coached him and figured out how to deal with the Ticat alignment when Landon Rice plays tight end. We also had a lot of receivers who dropped balls that they easily could have been under. Banks, Toliver and Jones all come to mind. And why wasn’t Erlington utilized? It is good that they have a week off but I think that Masoli is really hurting right now and it is not out of the realm of possibilities that Manziel will make his regular season debut starting the rematch.

  37. As a Cat fan I will give credit to the Riders defence for a good game plan. The Riders against MTL may have been a little complacent but we all knew that opening night in Riderville that they would be at their best and defensively they were. Two things standout to me from this game – 1) after the first quarter the Cats quit the ground game – was White injured early – I don’t recall seeing him much in the second quarter and beyond. which brings the question what happened to running Timmis who had performed for 133 yard against Edmonton. It was as if we had abandoned running at all. 2) Against Edmonton we gave up the long ball 2-3 times, against Winnipeg we gave up the long ball 2-3 times and against Riders we gave up the long ball 2-3 times. This is troubling that we are consistently giving up the big play to our opponent.

  38. Cats failed to put them away early. Had them frazzled with the run, 4 different runners on the opening drive and they settle for 3. Next drive missed field goal settle for 1. They called holding on that drive but the crack replay team doesn’t show a replay. They settle for 1 on kickers first miss of the year. Boom momentum lost and Sask. starts coming back.
    Brandon Bridge is a good strong QB who will star in this league. This Ticat fan is rooting for him. Looking forward to the rematch.

  39. Mr . Hugh’s , you were outstanding last night

    Coach Jones – Cut Hurl !!

  40. Hamilton has the offense and defense to go the distance this season. Not concerned after one game. They do need to improve field position on returns so Mazoli doesn’t meet to keep throwing 300 yards every game.

  41. A week ago the Ticats were number 2 in the power rankings and the talk was the “class of the east” and
    the Riders were beaten by the lowly Als.
    The talk was that Sask was the worst team in the CFL.
    Did anyone pick the Riders to beat the Ticats?
    A week later the Ticats, Als and the Argos all with 2 losses.

    • Jim – The difference being that the Ticats ALSO have 2 wins while Toronto has NONE and Montreal has one!

  42. The CFL has work to do, we witnessed another brutal, boring, penalty filled game. Defense may win some games but it’s offense that sells tickets.
    The TV ratings will continue to tumble at this rate and it’s going to be harder to attract fans in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.

  43. Chris Jones always says he doesn’t listen to the fans. Well he did last night. For over two years the fans have been telling him that a three man rush doesn’t work. He finally brought the house and Masoli had no time to do his thing.

  44. Only being up 4-0 after those first two long drives really hurt Hamilton. I was thinking they should have kept the ground game going in the red zone on those drives. Later on, Toliver’s TD drop hurt too. Tough loss for the Cats but hopefully they learn from this. 2-2 going into their bye week is still encouraging. Oskee Wee Wee.

  45. You mean the same team that also beat the Argos, the defending Grey Cup Champions, in week 1?

  46. Pennyrocker // July 6, 2018 at 9:50 am //

    Last week everyone talked about riders being the worst team in the League. Getting beat by the Al’s. This week does that mean the T-cats are not living up to the hype.

    Switching the QB’s kept the T-cats off guard and didn’t allow them to figure out the Riders offense. What I like is seeing the Riders have three QB’s that are able to step in and play. Wonder what happens with Collaras and alternating QB’s if Jones starts to rotate all three in the game.

    Another great night for Hughes now it is time for the offense to step up and gel. If that means going fishing together in the bye great or bowling get together have a BBQ and gel. Learn to talk with each other and be supportive train camp is over. That also does not mean Carter share his marijuana with everyone.

    • MR. Green // July 6, 2018 at 10:07 am //

      Our two QB’s are hardly capable of playing right now. Watford needs more time and Bridge has been terrible except for 3 drives in about 7 quarters this year. They miss open recievers by not going through reads properly, both have happy feet and wide eyes.
      I said even tho with that, yesterday, I had a feeling we would pull it out. Special teams kept good field position and the QB’s did just enough, while the D was able to make stops and create a huge turnover.
      I’m hoping with that last drive, Bridge can carry that over and gain confidence because he has looked unsure an making excuses to the media while talking about last year when it means nothing. 7 or 8 of his completions were about 5 yards. I’m not a Bridge guy and don’t see him as a legit starter, but he can make plays and have moments, he needs to string together some drives. I think he is slowly coming around. We need Collaros back, which when he does, will need a couple games to get a rythm. Chris Jones won that game. Best coach in the CFL!

  47. Huff's Neighbor // July 6, 2018 at 10:45 am //

    Rider’s won. Doesn’t matter how or who. Rider’s won. Gritty, gutsy, resilient.

  48. JJ is great, but not perfect. It showed on the first series. Run the ball all the way down the field, 1st down on the Riders 12 yd line, they hand off to Timmis who gets 8 yds. 2nd and two, Masoli throws a flat pass incomplete to Saunders, (might have been PI by Carter) and now they kick a FG. That series set the tone for the game. If they handed off on 2nd down, and even if it takes you two tries to get a 1st down, it’s 1st and goal on the two or less. Jones himself says that often it’s not about doing the unexpected, it’s doing the expected, and doing it better. That series led the way for the Cats to pile up some yards, but never get in a rhythm, especially in scoring territory. Credit to the Riders D, but Hamilton’d D played fantastic too. Really just one slip-up on Thigpen’s TD late, but that’s what happens when you dominate a team but don’t score. You let them hang around, and all it takes is one bad play, one bad call, one lucky play by your opponent, and you’re going home a loser.

    • There was another 2nd and 2 shortly thereafter that Jonrs again called for a pass that failed. Again end of drive. I don’t understand establishing a strong running game if you don’t use it when the situation screams for it.

  49. Stampeding // July 6, 2018 at 10:57 am //

    I like the Ti-cats offensive back field with Timmis, White and the big fullback number 49

    Lot of empty seats. Most Sask people are heading west for the parade and to see the greatest out door show on earth this weekend.

    • Huff's Neighbor // July 6, 2018 at 11:45 am //

      Kind of shallow making a comment about empty seats compared to the no show show at McDump. But shallow is your middle name so to be expected.

      • I thought they said at the top of the broadcast that it was sold out? or did I hear it wrong. I saw empty seats too, but also saw a ton of people on the concourse level.

        • Sec. 39 // July 6, 2018 at 12:51 pm //

          The new stadium is about creating an experience that younger fans want. The ability to move around and watch from different vantage points, socialize, etc. It does not make for a full capacity look on TV at all. There were a lot of people who I bet did not make the 4-5 hour drive last night due to it being a Thursday.

          • Tim Horton’s Field is the same way – lots of areas for people to congregate especially at the huge Stipley bar in the south(?) end zone. The stadium won’t always look full looking at only the seats but usually is a sell out or very close to one.

      • He doesn’t understand that people travel from across and outside the province to attend games. So Thursday naturally will have less attendance.

        In Calgary, people who live 2 blocks from McMahon don’t attend on a Friday or Saturday.

      • We don’t claim to have full capacity every game like you do

    • Peter N // July 6, 2018 at 12:53 pm //

      Attendance was just over 30,000 announced. Would be lots of out of town season ticket holders that Thursday night would not work. Couple that sits beside us from Saskatoon chose not to come as one example.

    • #49 would be DT Whitlock who also plays RB/FB but might have spent more time on D last night. He plays two ways but no one yaks about it like they do DC!

  50. Thursday nights are not good time for Riders home games since about one third of fans come from out of town. Eg. My brother drives down from Saskatoon and his work load didn’t allow him to take Thursday afternoon and Friday morning off.

  51. At Taylor Field you could only watch the game from your seat. At Mosaic Stadium there are many places around the stadium where you can stand and watch the game. Each person standing means an empty seat.
    It was not a sellout. I would say because of Thursday night and it didn’t help to have played terribly in the last 2 games.

  52. greenrider89 // July 6, 2018 at 1:17 pm //

    It certainly wasn’t the greatest performance I’ve ever seen before but a victory is a victory. Defense was outstanding for large parts of the game when they rushed four and blitzed. Offense still remains a work-in-progress. Still dumbfounds me with the system Jones uses at quarterback. Feel bad for Bridge and Watford. No confidence, no continuity. Heckuva play, though, by Charleston Hughes tipping the ball, then catching it and running for the score. Bravo! Bravo!

  53. mr62cats // July 6, 2018 at 1:38 pm //

    greenrider89: No need to be dumbfounded with Jones’ two QB system. Changing them in the same series of downs may have paid off. You guys won last night! Give Jones credit for thinking outside the box. There are downsides to what he is doing. But he has lost Collaros and is trying to make the best of two shaky QB’s, not knowing how long he will be in this situation.

    • Appreciate your thoughts, Mr.62Cats. Unless Collaros comes back earlier than expected this scenario will not produce any real results offensively. Perhaps this time it worked against the Cats, but against the Alberta teams it will be a challenge. And I think the Riders were fortunate this week. Hamilton will be exacting revenge in a few weeks.

  54. Stampeding // July 6, 2018 at 1:54 pm //

    Now wait!
    Some of you claim it was full attendance, but people walk around and watch from different vantage points.
    Others claim Thursday night games prevent people from coming in from the other cities and rural areas. WHICH IS IT?????? You are contradicting each other!

    Anyways, the alternative vantage point theory holds no water. That only accounts for a couple hundred at a time. Moreover, there are large areas in the high sections and corner sections (where most single game tickets are sold) that were empty. Are we to believe all those people decided to get up and move around at once?
    Further, that party area in the one end zone is not for football fans. TSN shows those people all the time during a game and they are dancing and partying. They show them after a big play and I don’t think they know what happened!

    • Whats your point? Maybe the game wasn’t sold out, maybe it wasn’t. I thought it was because TSN said it was at the top of the broadcast. So if they’re wrong, take it up with them, not all your best friends on here.

      • Stampeding // July 6, 2018 at 2:16 pm //

        I’d have zero point, were it not for the fact ridernation claims unwavering support at Moasaic and every other stadium. Just pointing out this isn’t always the case 🙂

        • Why does this bother you Red? Its not always the case, but its usually the case. Did you know Riders have the 3rd most merch sales of any sports team in Canada behind only the Habs and Leafs? No, that doesn’t translate to wins and we haven’t won a cup since Jones arrived, but neither have the you.

  55. I think Carter redeemed himself a bit this game. He played solid D. Almost had another pick as well as a huge breakup near the end. Kept his temper in check too which is his biggest problem if you as me.

  56. Just saying // July 6, 2018 at 3:34 pm //

    Win a game and red goes after the attendance numbers, low self asteam again?

    • Actually.I point this out all the time. myths are myths. Win or lose 🙂

      • Stampeding // July 6, 2018 at 4:00 pm //

        Was your point rider fans exaggerates attendance numbers across the CFL? If it is, I agree with you – I did prove your point!!!!!

  57. Just saying // July 6, 2018 at 3:44 pm //

    You just made my point right there.

  58. Just saying // July 6, 2018 at 3:48 pm //

    Thank you red for making this a mother record number of posts. Just put a picture of a Rider and click click click. Red and his overhauled typewriter.

  59. Just saying // July 6, 2018 at 4:08 pm //

    Did I say somthing regarding attendance other than your whining? Anyway you bore me gotta go.

  60. Steve O // July 6, 2018 at 10:40 pm //

    What about Ken Austin?

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