Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Mitchell Throws Three Touchdown Passes as Stampeders Beat Roughriders 34-31

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Mitchell Throws Three Touchdown Passes as Stampeders Beat Roughriders 34-31

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Mitchell, Stampeders down Roughriders 34-31

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REGINA - If moral victories counted, the Saskatchewan Roughriders may be undefeated this season.

The Roughriders came up short against the Calgary Stampeders on Saturday, falling 34-31 and dropping their eighth straight.

"It's high," said Saskatchewan quarterback Brett Smith of his team's frustration level. "We felt like we had opportunities to win and we didn't. Everybody is extremely disappointed."

The Roughriders (0-8) have lost six games this season by four points or less. Their two most recent losses have been decided in the late stages. But the players know that close doesn't count.

"There have been so many games where we have been this close. That's the frustrating thing about it," said Smith. "(Calgary) is the defending Grey Cup champs and they have an outstanding team and we played the way we played."

Calgary (6-2) snapped a 24-24 tie when quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell and Tory Harrison hooked up on a 32-yard touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter. Mitchell used play-action in the backfield and found Harrison wide open in the flat. Harrison sprinted to the end zone untouched for his second touchdown of the game.

The Stampeders' next possession ended with Rene Parades' fourth field goal, a 40-yard boot that put Calgary ahead 34-24 with 10:33 remaining.

"No one here can believe they haven't won a game yet," said Calgary receiver Eric Rogers. "That's a good team over there. They were making plays all over the field. If they keep playing the way they did tonight they'll get a win."

Saskatchewan made it interesting midway through the fourth quarter when backup fullback Carl Fitzgerald blocked a Rob Maver punt attempt. Junior Mertile scooped up the loose ball and stepped into the end zone for the touchdown. Paul McCallum missed the convert, and the Riders trailed 34-31 with a little more than six minutes remaining. …

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