An interception by Nick Marshall in the end zone led the Saskatchewan Roughriders to a 29-26 overtime victory over the 29-26 Calgary Stampeders on Saturday.
On Calgary’s second possession for the OT, quarterback Jake Meyer’s pass to the Trey Odoms-Ducks ended up in Marshall’s hands as the Roughriders rushed onto the field in celebration.
Shea Patterson scored a pair of short run touchdowns for Saskatchewan.
Roughriders quarterback Trevor Harris threw a touchdown pass to Tevin Jones and completed 20 of 30 pass attempts for 273 yards and 1 interception.
Saskatchewan improved to 2-1 with their second straight win to start the CFL season.
Calgary fell to 1-2 and is still looking for its first win at home.
Aggressive running back Jamal Morrow rushed for 133 yards.
Brett Luther threw an 18-yard field goal and passed for 38 and 20 yards in overtime, but went wide on a 52-yard attempt in the second quarter.
The four goals scored by Kicker Stampeder Rene Paredes gave him a career high 502. He is the eighth CFL scorer to reach the 500 mark.
Paredes was good for 47 and 46 yards and tied for 53 yards with 11 seconds left in the fourth quarter to force overtime before 24,923 yards at McMahon Stadium.
The veteran threw a 23-yard field goal in overtime.
Malik Henry caught a touchdown pass for the Stampeders and had 92 receiving yards in the game.
Leaving the game uncomfortable in the fourth quarter.
Meyer scored a three-yard rushing touchdown and passed 18 of 35 for 288 yards and a touchdown.
It was intercepted three times.
Calgary took a 13-9 lead midway through the third on a 52-yard touchdown run from Henry and he ran for a touchdown, but the Roughriders retook the lead on a 44-yard grab from Jones and rushed on the final play of the quarter.
The Stampeders missed a first down at the Saskatchewan 12-yard line in the fourth quarter, when Larry Dean Meyer drafted an Odoms-Dukes throw into the end zone.
The Roughriders’ score was capped on the next practice by replacement quarterback Patterson with his second-largest yard.
The two-point conversion attempt failed, but the visitors still led 23-13.
A quick touchdown by Meyer and a conversion by Paredes pushed Stamps into a basket with five minutes left in the game.
Patterson’s close-range dunk on the third play of the next drive was short, so Saskatchewan returned the ball to Calgary’s nine-yard line.
Meyer completed three consecutive passes for the first time in the game to lead the Stampeders at midfield.
The midfielder then left the game with arm discomfort.
Replacement Tommy Stephens completed a pass and ran for one touchdown run, leaving Paredes looking for a 53-yard attempt to force overtime.
Meyer got back on the field for overtime when the Stampeders opened the scoring with a 23-yard field goal from Paredes.
Luther responded from 38 yards and then 20 before Marshall’s pick ended the game.
Saskatchewan’s Adam Korsak threw a 90-yard kick solo in the third quarter.
The Roughriders converted an interception into a touchdown to lead 9-6 early in the quarter.
A Julian Hoosier pass caught by Cam Judge gave the Stampeders the ball, but Calgary immediately returned the ball when it was intercepted by Roland Milligan Jr. Meyer.
Milligan returned the pick 56 yards to be tackled on the 1-yard line by Cole Tucker.
Patterson finished the job with a 1-yard touchdown run, although Luther missed his kickoff attempt.
The hosts took a 6-3 lead on Paredes’ 47-yard field goal in the second quarter and held that narrow lead until halftime.
Harris was sacked four times in the first half.
The two teams traded field goals on their first drive for the only points of the first quarter.
Both clubs are heading into the first of three weeks off this season.
The Roughriders at home in Edmonton on July 6.
The Stampeders will play the first leg on July 7 in Winnipeg.
Notes: Calgary’s top running back Peyton Logan suffered what appeared to be a left leg or ankle injury in the fourth quarter and did not return to the game… Stampeders coach Dave Dickinson has a 6-3 aggregate against big brother and Roughriders coach Craig. That includes Saskatchewan’s tiebreaker win over Calgary in 2021.
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on June 24, 2023.