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Ford scores two touchdowns as Roughriders rout Redblacks

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The Canadian Press
8/2/2014 10:33:19 PM
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OTTAWA -- Darian Durant threw one touchdown and Will Ford ran for two more, all in the first quarter as the Saskatchewan Roughriders trounced the Ottawa Redblacks 38-14 on Saturday night.

Chris Milo also had a 15-yard field goal in an opening quarter in which the Roughriders built a 24-0 lead, en route to handing the Redblacks their first home defeat in their second home game.

In their inaugural season, the Redblacks (1-4) were hoping to build on the 18-17 win over the Toronto Argonauts in their home opener two weeks ago. Any hope of that was quickly dashed with Ottawa's inability to move the ball early or stop Durant and the Roughriders' offence.

The Redblacks held the Roughriders (3-2) to just six second-half points on a pair of field goals (34 and 42) from Milo, but managed little offence of their own.

Thomas DeMarco came on in relief of Henry Burris at quarterback midway through the fourth quarter and led the Redblacks on a 75-yard drive, all passing, that ended with a five-yard touchdown pass to Jamill Smith.

The Roughriders led 32-7 at the half in what was to that point a very unusual game, Saskatchewan's 24-point first quarter included.

Early in the second quarter Brett Maher attempted a 31-yard field goal to get the Redblacks their first points of the game and although the kick had the distance, it didn't have the accuracy hitting the upright.

On the Redblacks next possession Maher lined up for another field goal attempt, this time from 50 yards. The kick was short and Tristan Jackson ran it back 112 yards for a touchdown. The ensuing conversion and single off the kickoff gave the Roughriders a 32-0 lead.

On the next series the Redblacks got their first points of the game in a very unconventional way.

Facing a third-and-three, DeMarco, who came on to punt, delivered a 73-yard punt that rolled its way to the back of the Roughriders' end zone. Dobson Collins rushed the length of the field and jumped on the loose ball for the CFL's first onside punt recovery for a touchdown since 1999 when Scott McKenzie did it with the Calgary Stampeders.

Before that, no one had completed an onside punt recovery since Dick Adams of the Ottawa Rough Riders did it in 1973.

Will Ford Brett Swain (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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