Stampeders beat Roughriders with field goal in dying seconds – Toronto Sun

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Daniel Austin

REGINA, SASK : October 9, 2021 -- Calgary Stampeders running back Ka'Deem Carey (35) is tackled by Saskatchewan Roughriders defensive back Godfrey Onyeka (26) at Mosaic Stadium on Saturday, October 9, 2021 in Regina. TROY FLEECE / Regina Leader-Post ORG XMIT: POS2110091944420115
REGINA, SASK : October 9, 2021 — Calgary Stampeders running back Ka’Deem Carey (35) is tackled by Saskatchewan Roughriders defensive back Godfrey Onyeka (26) at Mosaic Stadium on Saturday, October 9, 2021 in Regina. TROY FLEECE / Regina Leader-Post ORG XMIT: POS2110091944420115 Photo by TROY FLEECE /Regina Leader-Post

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REGINA — Hold off on the obituaries.

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A couple of weeks ago, there were plenty of people around the Canadian football world who were declaring the Calgary Stampeders to be dead-and-buried.

When the cool and confident Rene Paredes stepped up and delivered a 44-yard field goal through the uprights with no time on the clock to give the Stamps a 22-19 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Saturday night, though, he and his teammates looked very much alive.

Two straight wins against one of your biggest rivals will revive even teams that everyone outside of Calgary has been waiting years to write off.

Suddenly, the Stamps (4-5) are right on the heels of the B.C. Lions (4-4), who the Calgary crew can pass in the standings and claim third place in the West Division with a win next weekend. The second-place Riders (5-4) are within reach, too.

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The Stamps are right back in the fight, and there’s a swagger to them now, too.

“Winning does that, (especially) against a great opponent,” said Stamps head coach Dave Dickenson. “I think Sask will be there right until the end, I don’t think they’ll go anywhere. As a staff, I feel we buckled up a little bit and found ways to enhance what we do as a team.

“Special teams has always been a leader and Rene has continued with that. It seems like a new guy steps up every week, or even by half, a new guy steps up. That’s pass-rush, that’s DBs, obviously offensively we’ve become a bit of a better squad. We’re owning the line of scrimmage and doing some good things, we’re becoming a little more balanced and ultimately we’re now a better team.”

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Nobody is going to say that Saturday’s performance was perfect, and there are undoubtedly questions about the pass-game that don’t seem to be going away. Mitchell completed 20-of-28 passes for 296 yards and a touchdown, but he also threw two interceptions.

Those might have been more costly had the Stampeders defence not stood on its head. The Stamps D has been put in a lot of tough spots this year because of turnovers, but they held the Riders to field goals after the Stamps turned the ball over in their own zone on two separate occasions.

Those defiant stands were almost certainly the difference in the game.

“The only thing we don’t have to show for it is turnovers,” said Stamps linebacker Jameer Thurman. “We’re shutting teams out, we’re barely giving up touchdowns all season. We’re flying around and making plays. The only thing is turnovers are not in our favour right now, but they’re coming.”

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The defence harassed and harried Riders QB Cody Fajardo all night, limiting him to 191 passing yards. A big part of that was the Stamps DBs, of course, but the d-line was immense, as well, and thoroughly dominated their counterparts on the Riders’ o-line. The Stamps linebacker duo of Jameer Thurman and Darnell Sankey was its usual, exceptional self, as well.

And while the Stamps passing game stuttered at times after they scored a 71-yard touchdown on their opening play when Mitchell connected with Markeith Ambles, it’s worth noting that they still put up a lot of yards.

It was running back Ka’Deem Carey who will rightfully steal the headlines and surely earn Weekly award recognition from the CFL.

He ran the ball 20 times for 109 yards. He also caught five passes for 69 more yards.

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The Stamps may not have been perfect, but Carey was close.

And for the first time this season, it all added up to the Stamps being on a winning streak.

“We’re not blowing anyone out but I love that we’re winning,” Mitchell said. “I think offensively, we put up a couple more touchdowns and we can get that game out of hand. It was awesome to see everyone so confident. Every time I came off the field they were going ‘19, don’t worry, you’re going to win us the game.’ Me coming off the field saying ‘ Get us the ball back, we got this.’

“There’s a very good family vibe right now and we want to keep that going.”

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