Darian Durant throws four scoring strikes as Roughriders blank Tiger-Cats

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Regina, SK, Canada (4E Sports) – Quarterback Darian Durant battled through a sprained foot to lead the Saskatchewan Roughriders to a 37-0 rout of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats Sunday at Mosaic Stadium at Taylor Field.

The 30-year-old Durant completed 20 of 32 passes for 347 yards and four touchdowns as the Roughriders remained unbeaten in four games with their first win shutout since beating the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 52-0, on Sept. 3, 2012.

Rob Bagg caught two of Durant’s touchdown passes and finished with 152 yards on two catches while Kory Sheets rushed for 130 yards, eclipsing the 100-yard rushing mark for the fourth straight game in the process.

Hamilton quarterback Henry Burris, meanwhile, completed 16 of 27 passes for 158 yards with no touchdown for the Tiger-Cats, who suffered their third loss in four games.

After battling in a scoreless first quarter, the Roughriders finally put points on the board with a 13-yard field goal from Chris Milo.

On Hamilton’s ensuing possession, safety Craig Butler picked off Burris in the endzone before Milo connected on his second field goal of the game, this time from 47 yards out.

In the ensuing play, Durant then looked to Bagg, who hauled in a 28-yard pass in the endzone for his second touchdown in as many weeks. The Riders then grabbed three more points as the half expired, increasing their lead to 16-0 at the break.

In the third period, Durant hooked up with 310-pound guard Dan Clark for the big man’s first CFL touchdown, increasing their lead to 23-0.

In the fourth, following another quick two-and-out by the Tiger-Cats, Durant needed just one play to find Bagg for his second major of the game.

Then, Durant found Dressler wide open in the endzone for a 28-yard touchdown, increasing their lead to 37.

Next week, the Tiger-Cats will get their shot at revenge, as the two teams will square off once again at Alumni Stadium in Guelph.

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