There were a lot of questions being asked if wide receiver Duron Carter would be able to handle playing as a cornerback for the Saskatchewan Roughriders against a potent Calgary offense, but Carter answered many of those questions with his performance Friday night in a 30-7 win over the Calgary Stampeders.
Carter picked up a couple of tackles, including one on 255 pound running back Jerome Messam, but his biggest highlight was in the fourth quarter, when he picked off Stamps pivot Bo Levi Mitchell and ran it back 37 yards for an interception return touchdown as the Riders rolled over the Stampeders on the road.
The game started under cloudy and cold conditions, but the weather quickly took a turn when rain started to fall, tipping the game in the defense's favour. A Rod Maver punt single would be the only scoring early as Calgary took a 1-0 lead in the first fifteen minutes of football.
But that lead would be short lived. On the first play of the second quarter, Christion Jones returned a Maver punt 61 yards to the endzone to give the Riders a 7-1 lead. After a two-and-out by Calgary, Saskatchewan's offense would return to the field led by Brandon Bridge, who was replacing starter Kevin Glenn to handle a strong Stamps defensive line.
Bridge would make his longest throw of the night on the drive, a 27 yard pass to Chad Owens, who made his first start in Green and White of the season. Owens would finish the night with 78 receiving yards, and the Riders would kick a field goal to move ahead by 9. Rene Paredes would respond with a field goal, but Saskatchewan would take a 10-4 lead heading into the second half.
After another Tyler Crapigna field goal for Saskatchewan, the Roughriders defense struck again. Mitchell completed a pass to Kamar Jorden, but Henoc Muamba would strip the football from Jorden's grasp, and Jovan Johnson would recover the fumble and take it to Calgary's 3 yard line. 3 plays later, third string quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. punched it in, and a successful two point convert gave Saskatchewan a 21-7 lead into the final quarter.
Carter's pick-6 would seal the deal early in the fourth quarter, picking off the quarterback who, on social media earlier this week, said he would throw 25 passes Carter's way.
The win by Saskatchewan clinches a playoff spot for the Green and White, and hands Calgary their first loss in 18 games at McMahon Stadium. Also to note, when Andrew Buckley took the field in relief of Mitchell for Calgary, it was the first time since 1984 that two Canadian quarterbacks were playing in the same game, at the same time.
Bridge would finish the night with only 133 passing yards and two interceptions, while rushing for 40 yards. Cameron Marshall and Trent Richardson combined for 105 yards on the ground.
Saskatchewan now returns back home for their final two games, starting next Friday when Darian Durant makes his return to Regina when the Montreal Alouettes come to town.