Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan Roughriders Keep Cornish in Check, Down Calgary Stampeders 30-25

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan Roughriders Keep Cornish in Check, Down Calgary Stampeders 30-25

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Roughriders down Stampeders 30-25


REGINA - Joe Lobendahn may have saved somebody's job.

The Roughriders' middle linebacker made five defensive tackles and a game-changing interception for Saskatchewan in a 30-25 win Sunday over the Calgary Stampeders.

He was also a key cog in a defensive scheme that held Calgary tailback Jon Cornish, the CFL's leading rusher, to 67 yards rushing as Saskatchewan (6-6) ended a four-game winning streak for the second-place Stampeders (7-5).

Roughriders head coach Corey Chamblin pledged earlier in the week to make personnel changes if Cornish ran for over 100 yards against Saskatchewan.

"Joe is one of the guys that if you were in a dark alley and you saw Joe you'd better run," said Chamblin. "He's tough. Joe is a tough-minded individual. You could see it in his eyes every day that all he wants to do is win.

"He was pissed because there was one where Cornish ran through the gap and he missed him and I could see it in his eyes that he was pissed."

But Lobendahn never lost focus.

With the game tied 13-13 in the third quarter, the five-year CFL veteran picked off Calgary quarterback Kevin Glenn on a short pass over the middle and returned the ball 16 yards deep into Stamps territory.

The play seemed to energize his teammates and helped set up a touchdown pass two plays later from Darian Durant to Weston Dressler. Saskatchewan never trailed from that point on.

"I want to be there making the play," said Lobendahn, who was released by Calgary out of training camp in June. "Sometimes I try to do too much ... but the thing is I've got to be patient. The play will come, and when it does, I've got to make the play."

The Stampeders (7-5) responded with a pair of two-and-outs. The second one led to another Roughriders score.

Tristan Jackson returned Rob Maver's punt 33 yards before Durant connected with Taj Smith on a 30-yard TD pass to put Saskatchewan up 27-13.

Calgary made it 27-25 in the fourth, scoring a field goal, touchdown, two-point conversion and a kickoff single, but turned the ball over on downs with barely a minute to play. …

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