Saturday, July 25, 2009

Riders host reeling Eskimos today

From and The Canadian Press.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders are set to host another Western Division Rival this afternoon, as they host the Edmonton Eskimos.

Saskatchewan will look to improve their record to 3-1, and keep a hold on first place in the West, as they battle the 1-2 Eskimos.

The Riders won their first two games, but last week suffered their most embarassing home loss in many years, losing to Montreal 43-10. Darian Durant and Steven Jyles combined for 14 of 28 passing for 155 yards, and Wes Cates, appearing in his first game after off-season shoulder surgery, scored Saskatchewan's only touchdown on a four-yard run. Jamie Boreham punted 8 times for a 39.1 yard average for the Riders, who led 7-4 early in the second quarter. Tad Kornegay led the defense with 8 tackles and a forced fumble. The Green and White hurt themselves greatly last week with 6 turnovers, plus 7 penalties for 68 yards. "Our defense played lights out for a long time in the ballgame" said Riders Head Coach Ken Miller, "but we just didn't give them any help."

Edmonton, led by former Saskatchewan player and assistant coach Richie Hall, have allowed 762 passing yards and six touchdowns through the air in consecutive lopsided losses - a 50-16 drubbing in Montreal July 9th and a 40-22 defeat at home to the B.C. Lions July 16th. The 1-2 Eskimos have spent the past week looking for answers. Lack of defensive pressure up front, blown assignments and a secondary that's been one step behind opposing receivers too often, has been very damaging in the two losses.

The game will kick-off at 4:00 pm EDT at Mosaic Stadium in Regina, with a special tribute being paid to the 1989 Grey Cup Team at Halftime, as the Riders celebrate the 20 year anniversary of the championship team.

Edmonton leads the all-time series between the two teams with a record of 104-78-2, but the Riders have won 9 of the past 10 games played in Regina. The Eskimos beat Saskatchewan 45-12 in a pre-season game in Edmonton on June 12th.

Fans unable to make it to the game can catch all the action with Rod Pedersen and Carm Carteri, live on Rider Radio beginning at 3:00pm EDT. You can also watch the game, live on TSN, as the Blackout has been lifted with Mosaic Stadium selling out for the second straight time. In the Tampa Bay area, catch the game on Bright House Sports Network Channel 47, beginning at 4:00pm EDT. It will be followed by the replay of last night's Toronto-Winnipeg game.

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