Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Jennings Tosses Three TDs, Lions Beat Winless Roughriders 40-27

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Jennings Tosses Three TDs, Lions Beat Winless Roughriders 40-27

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Jennings, Lions down winless Riders 40-27


REGINA - Jonathon Jennings wasn't interested in being a spectator for the second straight game.

Relatively ineffective and eventually pulled in the second half last week in a home loss to the Toronto Argonauts, Jennings exploded for one his best CFL showings in a 40-27 comeback victory on Saturday over the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Jennings threw three second-half touchdowns and rallied the Lions from a 13-point halftime deficit, finishing the game 25-of-40 passing for 429 yards.

"Things were clicking for us, finally," Jennings said. "It was good to see the offence get on the same page. We came out in the second half and did some good things."

The second-year player also had 30 rushing yards and one touchdown on the ground in a game that saw B.C. improve to 3-1 and grab a share of first place in the West Division.

The Riders, meanwhile, are winless at 0-3. And with the Ottawa Redblacks coming to town on Friday, numerous questions remain as to who will be in the lineup for that contest.

Franchise quarterback Darian Durant suffered what appeared to be a leg injury early in the second quarter on Saturday and didn't return in the second half. Durant was hit low and late by Lions defensive lineman Mic'hael Brooks earlier in the quarter. Durant was seen on crutches on the sideline late in the third quarter and it was later revealed that X-rays on his left foot were negative.

"We don't know exactly what it is, so I'm hoping (Sunday) morning that the prognosis is good," Riders coach and general manager Chris Jones said.

It's the third time in as many years that Durant has suffered an injury that has forced him to leave a game. He suffered a torn ligament in his right elbow midway through the 2014 campaign and ruptured his Achilles tendon on his left foot in the first game of the 2015 season.

Durant's last play on Saturday was a 31-yard touchdown pass to Rob Bagg that gave the Riders a 10-7 lead. Mitchell Gale replaced Durant and played the remainder of the game. …

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