Des Moines Register
Canadian Football League
Saskatchewan 21, Winnipeg 6
When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, October 5, 2019
Where: Mosaic Stadium, Regina, Saskatchewan
Attendance: 31080

Roughriders 21, Blue Bombers 6: Cody Fajardo finished with 299 yards and threw a long touchdown pass to Shaq Evans in the fourth quarter to seal it as Saskatchewan defeated visiting Winnipeg to take over first place in the West Division.

Fajardo completed 18-of-28 passes and Evans gained a career-high 193 yards - 61 on the game's final TD - on seven receptions for the Roughriders (10-4), who led throughout for their ninth win in 10 contests. Brett Lauther booted four field goals and Naaman Roosevelt made five catches for 58 yards as Saskatchewan won two of the three games in the season series.

Chris Streveler was 26-of-40 for 254 yards but threw a pair of interceptions deep in Roughriders' territory in the second half as the Blue Bombers (9-6) lost their third straight game. Andrew Harris rushed for 67 yards, Darvin Adams hauled in eight passes for 109 yards and Nic Demski gained 70 yards on four receptions to lead Winnipeg.

Lauther connected on 49- and 48-yard field goals in the first quarter and Saskatchewan pushed the lead to eight points with two rouges in the second before Justin Medlock's 27-yard kick with one second left closed the gap to 8-3. Lauther booted a 21-yarder in the third quarter before A.C. Leonard's sack forced a fumble and Zack Evans recovered at the Roughriders 29 to foil the Blue Bombers' next drive.

Ed Gainey picked off a pass by Streveler at the Roughriders 17-yard line to end another Winnipeg threat late in the third, but a good punt return by Janarion Grant helped set up Medlock's 37-yard field goal with 13:30 remaining that cut the deficit to 11-6. Lauther increased the lead to eight with a 34-yard kick and LJ McCray intercepted Streveler at the goal line on the next drive before Shaq Evans took a short pass, slipped through a tackle and broke free for a touchdown with 2:43 left.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Evans reached 1,000 receiving yards for the first time in his career with 1,096. … Winnipeg LB Kyrie Wilson finished with six tackles and one of the team's four sacks. … Saskatchewan WR Manny Arceneaux, who has caught at least one pass in 11 consecutive games, was scratched from Saturday's contest. … Harris moved within five yards of Terry Vaughn (13,816) for eighth place on the CFL's all-time list for yards from scrimmage. … Roughriders LB Solomon Elimimian had a team-high eight tackles.

Top Game Performances
Winnipeg   Saskatchewan
Andrew Harris Player Cody Fajardo
12 Attempts 9
74 Yards 47
6.2 Avg Yards 5.2
0 Touchdowns 0
21 Long 12
Winnipeg   Saskatchewan
Darvin AdamsPlayer Shaquelle Evans
8 Receptions 7
109 Yards 193
13.6 Avg Yards 27.6
0 Touchdowns 1
26 Long 61
Team Stats Summary
  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sck FF
Winnipeg 370 116 254 0 2 0 4.0 0
Saskatchewan 399 99 300 1 4 2 3.0 1
Upcoming Games
  • Saskatchewan will play their next game on the road against Calgary. The Roughriders have a W/L % of .778 after a win and .600 after a loss.
  • Winnipeg will play their next game at home against Montreal. The Blue Bombers have a W/L % of .700 after a win and .400 after a loss.