I fully expected the Lions to win the show down against Saskatchewan but given the Lions miscues, the Rough Riders are fully deserving of the win.
Had McCallum kicked the 40 yarder to tie the game, when all was said and done after the Lions last TD] the Lions should have come out on top 23-16. Instead they fell behind by 10 points after the missed 40 yard field goal. Still, the Lions pulled within 3 with 3:44 left on the clock.
I take nothing away from Saskatchewan. Durant was razor sharp and the Roughies appeared to be at the top of their game. The Lions simply were not. And that has me puzzled. McCallum punted well but 40 yard field goals are common place with him. And he blew it. Was he simply off? Was it the fact that Reilly who was holding for him and not Jarious Jackson? Were the Roughie fans getting inside McCallum's head? A 45 yarder is well within McCallum's range for a guy who has been known to kick 50+ yarders. And yet he missed both the 45 and the easier 40 yarder!
Travis was not on his game in my opinion. He often over threw his targets by a significant amount. There were moments of brilliance but the way the game was going you just had a feeling Saskatchewan could do something whenever it got hold of the ball. I can't say the same about the Lions.
A Team is not going to win too many games when it is trying to kick a routine field goal to tie the game, miss it and allow a 120+ yard return for a major by the opposition.
Despite the miscues, the Lions could have tied the game or better still gone ahead. After the team scored it's last TD and pulled to within 3 points, 3:44 remained on the clock. That was oodles of time to get the job done. Just hold Durant and is offence and get the ball back .....but they couldn't. Durant and the Roughies ate up the clock getting 1st down after 1st down. Still with 58 seconds left the Lions did get the ball back albeit deep in their own end but it was not too late for a come from behind victory or at least a chance to force over-time. It was not to be but it should have worked out differently in my opinion.
Saskatchewan is a much improved team and they proved it today BUT I believe the Lions are better. Regardless, the Rough Riders did what they needed to do to win the game.
The Lions and Rough Riders meet a total of 4x this season. They are now 0-1 against the Roughies. I'm sure the Rider fans are revelling in the victory. Let's hope the Lions even the score on August 19 at B.C. Place cause I'm sure the Rough Riders will be strutting into B.C. Place with a certain swagger. It will be interesting to see what the standings will be at kick off time.