Stampeders rout Roughriders in final game of regular season


Bo Levi Mitchell handed the game ball to fellow quarterback Tommy Stevens after the Calgary Stampeders capped their 2022 regular season with a 36-10 win over the visiting Saskatchewan Roughriders on Saturday.

It was a poignant transfer as a result of Mitchell, Calgary’s all-time main passer and twice the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player, had walked off McMahon Stadium’s turf for probably the final time as a Stampeder.

In the final yr of his contract, and with starter Jake Maier just lately signing a two-year extension, Mitchell’s subsequent look at McMahon will probably be in opposition colors.

The 32-year-old Texan stepped onto the sphere with 2:28 remaining in Saturday’s game. Mitchell did not throw a move in a brief drive that ended in a area objective.

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Tommy Stevens led Calgary’s floor game with 163 yards and 1 landing on 4 rushes in the staff’s 36-10 win over Saskatchewan.

The future Hall of Famer was given a standing ovation when he headed for the sideline, and once more in the final seconds when his teammates lined up beside him in victory formation.

“It was superior to have that moment with the followers and my teammates,” Mitchell mentioned. “Bittersweet.”

“I’ve liked each second I’ve been right here and hopefully we will carry a Grey Cup again to the town earlier than I go away.”

Calgary (12-6) completed third in the CFL’s West Division and can head to Vancouver to fulfill the B.C. Lions in the division semifinal Nov. 6.

The victor advances to the West Final in Winnipeg on Nov. 13 towards the two-time defending Grey Cup champion Blue Bombers.

Saskatchewan (6-12) completed fourth in the West and out of doors the playoffs for the primary time since 2016. The Grey Cup will probably be held at Regina’s Mosaic Stadium on Nov. 20.

Stevens’ large day

Stevens, Calgary’s third-string pivot this season behind Maier and Mitchell, posted a monster game.

He rushed for 163 yards, which was 17 quick of the single-game CFL quarterback speeding report set by Nealon Greene in 1999.

Stevens scored an 85-yard speeding landing — the longest in the CFL this season — and threw a fourth-quarter landing move to Jalen Philpot.

“Bo’s been nice to me because the day I bought in Calgary,” the six-foot-five, 254-pound Stevens mentioned.

“He’s particular. You can inform what he means to this group, what he means to this league. I’m glad I’ve been capable of spend a while with him, be taught from him.”

Calgary amassed 310 speeding yards in the game to Saskatchewan’s 80. Stevens’ teammate Dedrick Mills additionally had an enormous evening with 125 yards on the bottom and a landing.

Reggie Begelton had a landing catch in entrance of an introduced 25,179 at McMahon Stadium.

Maier accomplished 13 of 16 move makes an attempt for 105 yards, one landing move and no interceptions in the primary half.

Stevens was 4-of-5 in passing in the second quarter earlier than making means for Mitchell’s moment.

‘We really feel like we needs to be enjoying nonetheless’

Rene Paredes kicked area objectives from 14, 13 and 33 yards.

Jamal Morrow scored a speeding landing and Brett Lauther kicked a 33-yard area objective for Saskatchewan.

Quarterback Mason Fine was 21-of-32 in passing for 168 yards and no interceptions in his second profession CFL begin.

Cody Fajardo, Saskatchewan’s starter the previous three seasons, did not play.

“We really feel like we needs to be enjoying nonetheless,” Roughriders head coach Craig Dickenson mentioned.

“We’re six and 12. We weren’t ok close to the top. We wanted to play quite a bit higher, we wanted to educate quite a bit higher and we wanted to do quite a bit of issues higher.”

Stevens scored his ninth speeding landing this season. Lined up for short-yardage achieve in the primary quarter, he took off towards the sideline and galloped to the top zone.

“He’s form of large,” Stampeder linebacker Jameer Thurman noticed. “When he will get rolling, he is exhausting to cease.”

Another pivotal moment in the primary quarter was Cody Grace recovering his personal towering punt at Saskatchewan’s 15-yard line.

He dislocated his pinky finger on the play, however the Stampeders made probably the most of his effort with Maier’s landing throw to Begelton.

“I assumed it was actually job of our guys not touching the ball,” mentioned Stampeder head coach Dave Dickenson, who’s Craig’s youthful brother.

“We went over that situation and for them to execute that in a dwell game and for Cody to get there was spectacular. We wanted that. We had been form of treading water there.”

Carey sits out game

Stampeder working again Ka’Deem Carey did not play Saturday, however took the league speeding title with 1,088 yards this season. B.C.’s James Butler was a detailed second with 1,060.

Paredes led the CFL in factors for a second straight season with 211 off his boot. He’s the sixth participant in league historical past with three profession seasons of 200-plus factors. Mark McLoughlin (six) holds the report adopted by David Ridgway (4).

Saskatchewan linebacker Darnell Sankey’s 5 tackles for 120 set a single-season franchise report and beat the earlier mark of 118 set by David Albright in 1987.

Sankey’s teammate Larry Dean recorded 4 tackles to achieve 101, and make the Roughriders simply the second staff to have two 100-plus tacklers in a single season.

The 2016 B.C. Lions had been the opposite with Solomon Elimimian (129) and Adam Bighill (108).


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