Darian Durant’s six-yard touchdown run in overtime gave the Saskatchewan Roughriders an improbable 26-23 comeback victory over the Edmonton Eskimos on Sunday afternoon.
Saskatchewan’s victory snapped a seven-game losing skid and improved the team’s record to 2-10. It was Durant’s first win as a starter since mid-way through the 2014 season.
The Eskimos have lost three straight and sit at 5-7.
The Riders trailed by seven with less than five minutes remaining the game. Armanti Edwards, playing in his first game for Saskatchewan, took the ball around the left end on a sweep for a five-yard touchdown. Tyler Crapigna’s convert tied the game at 20-20 with 2:05 left in the fourth quarter.
On the ensuing Edmonton possession, Justin Cox intercepted a Mike Reilly pass attempt at midfield _ setting up Durant and the offence with 1:05 remaining.
Two costly penalties against the Riders pushed them out of field goal range. Josh Bartel punted to the Eskimos, who then took a knee to run the clock out and force overtime.
(The Canadian Press)