The Roughriders were in a crucial position Friday as they needed the win over the Ottawa Redblacks. The Riders narrowly overcame a fi rst half defi cit to take the 18-17 win. The Riders came into the game with only six wins while Ottawa had five coming into Friday’s match up. It also marked a milestone for quarterback Kevin Glenn as he hit 100 wins in his 17-year career.
The Redblacks had all the offense in the fi rst half posting a 17-0 lead going into the break. Roughrider, Christion Jones turned the tide for the green and white when he returned a punt 97 yards for the touchdown putting the Riders back into the game. Duron Johnson recovered a fumble that lead to a Kienan LeFrance touchdown as he battled his way into the end zone to lessen the gap to 17-14. Glenn moved the ball once again setting up a Crapigna field goal putting the score at 17 a piece. It was Josh Bartell’s punt single to the end zone that secured the 18-17 win for the Riders. This puts the Riders in a tie for third in the west with the Edmonton Eskimos and two points ahead of the B.C. Lions. The Eskimos host Winnipeg on Saturday while the Riders visit the Toronto Argonauts on October 7.