Roughriders oust defending champ Redblacks in East semis

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But four members of the Canadian Football League's Ottawa Redblacks set a new bar on Sunday during their Grey Cup conference semifinal game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Saskatchewan will play at Toronto next Sunday in the East final.

The Grey Cup championship is set for November 26. They earned the East's final playoff seed after amassing more points than the third-place Hamilton Tiger-Cats. But on the first play from scrimmage after the kick, Marcus Thigpen turned on the jets, scoring a 75 yard touchdown run.

That was also the fastest three touchdowns to be scored ever in a playoff game and the first two touchdowns were the fastest ever in a playoff game in CFL history (4:07). Harris is scheduled to become a free agent in February.


In the second half, Christion Jones fumbled a punt return but the Redblacks could only get a field goal, cutting the lead to ten. Saskatchewan led 28-11 and never looked back. The Riders dominated the opening half, outgaining Ottawa 308-213 and holding the ball for over 18 minutes. Ottawa's offence had 34 turnovers, third-most overall. Ottawa would respond on their first possession.

Saskatchewan opened the scoring with Glenn's 29-yard TD strike to Grant at 2:49. Trevor Harris found Diontae Spencer behind Kacy Rodgers II for the 56 yard score.

Glenn's one-yard TD run at 5:54 gave Saskatchewan a 14-8 lead, capping an eight-play, 82-yard march.

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