Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Willy Intercepted Three Times as Roughriders Edge Blue Bombers 23-15

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Willy Intercepted Three Times as Roughriders Edge Blue Bombers 23-15

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Chamblin proud of Roughriders gutsy win

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WINNIPEG - Corey Chamblin watched his Roughriders fight for a Grey Cup victory last year, but the Saskatchewan coach said Thursday's 23-17 win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers was a gutsy performance he'll never forget.

"It was tougher than any Grey Cup I've been in and all the other things, in terms of us just battling," Chamblin said. "This team battled. I mean, they had us on the ropes."

"Just happy for us to win that game," he added. "That's huge, that's probably the biggest of my career."

Saskatchewan cornerback Terrell Maze intercepted Drew Willy and ran 28 yards for a touchdown with 2:20 left in the game.

Saskatchewan (4-2) tried a two-point passing play following Maze's TD, but Darian Durant's pass was incomplete and the score stayed 22-17.

With his teammates yelling around him in the locker-room -- calling him "amazing" -- Maze said the defence never lost hope.

"Everybody stuck together, we never gave up," Maze said.

"We were in the zone, I was the lone man. I wouldn't want to say I baited (Willy), but I was hoping he threw it."

Willy blamed himself for the costly mistake.

"Can't throw in the flat like that late, that's the reason we lost," Willy said. "Bad read."

And he says he'll take full responsibility and try to improve.

"It stings to let the guys down like that," Willy said.

The turnover came after the Bombers (5-2) had gained the upperhand when receiver Rory Kohlert got behind a defender and hauled in a 12-yard pass from Willy in the end zone to go ahead 17-16 with 5:25 left.

His two-point convert attempt was unsuccessful in front of Winnipeg's first sellout crowd of the season of 33,234 loud fans at Investors Group Field.

On Winnipeg's next series after the Maze TD, Willy was intercepted by defensive back Mark Legree, who also intercepted him in the first quarter.

Chamblin praised his defence.

"That was a game from the soul," Chamblin said. "They were all out. They left everything on that field.

"They're going to be tired, coaches are tired. We had a lot against us, but we made it."

Riders kicker Chris Milo attempted a 32-yard field goal with 30 seconds left in the game, but missed and added a single for the final 23-17 score. …

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