Cody Fajardo engineers more late game heroics, leads Riders to entertaining win over Alouettes

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Well, that was a fun one.

Big plays were prominent in a back and forth affair in Saskatchewan to close out Week 14.

But it was a misplay that opened the door for what could have been a Montreal win.

All tied up at 18 in the fourth, a fumbled snap on an attempted Boris Bede punt cost them 15 extra yards and the ball. It took just two plays for William Powell to run 19 yards and send Mosaic Stadium into a frenzy. However a missed point-after made it a six-point lead rather than the full seven.

And that convert miss was crucial very quickly.

Because as Vernon Adams Jr. has proved time and time again, he doesn’t collapse when the time is as big of a factor as the scoreboard.

He marched the offence right down the field their next time out, capping off on two completions to Lewis for 26 and 27 yards respectively, and just like that, Montreal had a one-point advantage.

The Riders got the ball back inside three minutes which was enough time for Cody Fajardo to erase the missed point after which could have cost them the game, and they did.

The quarterback used some big gains in the air to get into field goal position while William Powell ran some clock off and Brett Lauther hit from 39 yards out with 47 seconds to play – for the win.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders survived the scare and walked away with a 27-25 victory.

Adams Jr. went 22-of-36 for 344 yards and a touchdown. A large chunk of those passing yards were to Eugene Lewis, who had 130 receiving yards on eight receptions.

Fajardo meanwhile threw for 254 yards on 19-of-27 passing and a major.

The fireworks started late in the first when Adams Jr. found Chris Matthews for 42 yards, his first game for the Als since being cut by Winnipeg last month. The trend continued in the second on connections to Quan Bray and Lewis for 30 and 32 yards respectively, and Montreal was up 9-0.

But Fajardo had something to say in response. The pivot connected with Shaq Evans for 42 yards. Two plays later Powell finished things off on a 10-yard grab of his own on a gritty play capped off with a spicy celebration.

Bray’s big night continued in the third on a 32-yard reception. William Stanback scored a play later and the Als jumped out to a 17-10 lead after a two-point convert. The receiver finished with 73 yards.

That was the only scoring in the third but the Riders were knocking on the door to begin the fourth. Fajardo tied things up at 18 after using his legs to cross the plane on a seven-yard jaunt and again on the two-point convert.

Montreal is back in action next week against Winnipeg, while Saskatchewan has a bye.