Last-second Field Goal Boosts Blue Bombers Over Roughriders in Wild Labour Day Weekend Tilt
REGINA — Justin Medlock kicked seven field goals, including a game-winning boot from 43 yards, to give the Winnipeg Blue Bombers a thrilling 28-25 victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Sunday.
Saskatchewan’s Kendial Lawrence returned a punt 86 yards for a touchdown to tie the game 25-25 less than a minute before Medlock’s kick. The Riders needed a convert from Tyler Crapigna for the victory, but the second-year kicker missed his attempt and set the stage for his counterpart on the opposing sideline.
Crapigna struggled with accuracy all game, missing two field goal attempts (43 and 45 yards) and the last-minute convert.
Winnipeg (6-4) won its fifth game in a row and snapped an 11-game losing streak to the Roughriders on Labour Day weekend. Saskatchewan (1-9) has lost five in a row and is 4-24 in its last 28 games, since the beginning of 2015.
Winnipeg jumped out to an early 10-0 lead in the first quarter thanks to a field goal from Medlock and an 82-yard touchdown reception from Matt Nichols to Quincy McDuffie. The Blue Bombers led 16-3 at halftime.
Saskatchewan rallied in the second half with Darian Durant leading the charge. The Roughriders quarterback hooked up with Caleb Holley for a four-yard touchdown pass, with Holley hauling in a two-point convert to make it 19-11 after three quarters.
A four-yard touchdown run by Durant, followed by another Durant rush for a two-point convert, knotted the score at 19-19 on Saskatchewan’s next drive early in the fourth quarter.
An unidentified Blue Bombers coach reportedly collapsed following the game. The team tweeted that “precautionary measures were taken post-game to ensure a coach’s health — everything is fine.”
Both teams will meet again on Saturday in Winnipeg for the Banjo Bowl.