Ottawa Redblacks earn second straight OT win, edge Calgary Stampeders

CALGARY — Buoyed by the arm and legs of their younger quarterback Dustin Crum, the Ottawa Redblacks gained their second straight in extra time with a 43-41 victory Sunday over the host Calgary Stampeders.

The Redblacks (3-3) picked up their first street win and likewise gained back-to-back video games for the primary time this CFL season.

“Simply loads of firsts and a confidence-booster,” Crum stated. “Simply to have the ability to know what we’re able to once we’re enjoying and executing at our highest stage, to have the ability to take that shifting ahead will probably be big.”

Per week after Crum’s late speeding touchdowns, together with one in OT, spurred the Redblacks to an OT upset of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, the 24-year-old was efficient once more within the air and on the bottom Sunday.

Crum threw an interception-free 23 passes for 257 yards and a pair of landing throws. The Kent State alum additionally rushed for 63 yards, together with a two-point convert.

Ottawa cashed two interceptions and a fumble by Calgary quarterback Jake Maier into three touchdowns.

“Any time you possibly can win the turnover battle is big,” Crum stated. “You take a look at the scoreboard. You surrender 40 factors and also you’re going to suppose your defence performed dangerous, however them getting three turnovers for us was big and allowed us to truthfully win that sport ultimately.”

The Redblacks scored a pair of two-point conversions, which Crum credited to the schemes of Ottawa offensive coordinator Khari Jones.

Calgary went 0-for-3 trying an additional two factors after touchdowns.

Crum has amassed 667 passing yards, rushed for 257 and thrown 4 landing passes in simply over two-and-a-half video games since Jeremiah Masoli ruptured his Achilles tendon within the second quarter July 10 in opposition to Hamilton.

“As he continues to develop, and we proceed to have success, it builds confidence in everyone and our confidence in Dustin,” Redblacks head coach Bob Dyce stated.

Redblacks’ Ante Milanovic-Litre ran for a pair of touchdowns, together with one in additional time. Nate Behar caught a landing move plus the two-point convert throw in extra time to seal the victory.

Justin Hardy caught a landing move and Brandin Dandridge ran an interception again for a serious.

Ottawa’s Lewis Ward kicked subject targets from 33 yards and 36 yards and added one other three factors in converts.

The Redblacks prime the CFL in defending the run. Calgary took to the air Sunday whereas speeding for a season-low 38 yards.

Maier threw for a season-high 450 yards, together with 4 landing passes and two interceptions. He was denied 3 times, nonetheless, trying two-point convert throws.

Marken Michel caught a pair of landing passes, Clark Barnes scored his first profession CFL landing, backup quarterback Tommy Stevens contributed a speeding main and Tre Odoms-Dukes caught a landing move in OT for the Stampeders (2-4).

Kicker Rene Paredes was good from 26 yards, 32 yards and 47 yards, and made one in all two converts in entrance of an introduced 21,226 at McMahon Stadium.

“We made some explosive performs. We didn’t do too dangerous controlling the road of scrimmage pass-wise, however we didn’t get the operating sport going once more,” Stampeders head coach Dave Dickenson stated.

“We may have gained that sport. We really feel like we must always have, however we didn’t.”

The Stampeders dropped to 0-3 at residence with a second straight OT loss at McMahon.

“Profitable breeds successful and we don’t need to wait till the final drive,” Dickenson stated. “We’ve acquired to place the pedal down when we now have that momentum and put someone away. We actually haven’t executed that.”

Odoms-Dukes scored in OT with a seven-yard catch, however Maier couldn’t get the ball to Barnes ultimately zone for an additional deuce.

Ottawa countered with Milanovic-Litre’s second main of the sport on a three-yard sprint. Crum’s throw to Behar for an additional two factors sealed the Redblacks’ win.

Trailing by some extent at halftime, Calgary jumped forward 25-20 on its first possession of the second half.

The guests pulled forward once more for a 28-25 lead heading into the fourth quarter, when Calgary punter Cody Grace reduce the deficit to 2 factors with a punt single.

From deep in their very own zone following an Ottawa punt, Maier threw to Michel for a 95-yard landing and a 32-28 lead with eight minutes to play.

Ottawa turned the ball over on downs, however Maier was subsequently intercepted a second time when his throw was tipped into the arms of Alonzo Addae.

Crum moved the chains on a 12-play, 87-yard drive and completed with a 23-yard landing throw to Behar. Ottawa led by a subject purpose on Ward’s convert with 1:20 to play.

The Stampeders’ offence pushed into field-goal vary for Paredes to pressure OT together with his 47-yard boot.

A 26-yard Tommylee Lewis punt return and a horse collar deal with by Abdul Kanneh put the Stampeders on Ottawa’s doorstep for Stevens to complete with a one-yard plunge on Calgary’s first drive of the second half.

After Levante Bellamy blocked Richie Leone’s punt, Jordan Herdmann-Reed landed on the free ball to offer Calgary possession on Ottawa’s 48.

However Calgary’s faked subject purpose and a Stevens run that got here up quick turned the ball over on downs.

Crum then marched Ottawa’s offence downfield to cap a 72-yard drive with a 24-yard landing throw to Hardy. The Redblacks’ pivot then stored and ran for an additional two factors.

Ottawa turned a pair of Calgary turnovers right into a 17-6 lead early within the second quarter. The Stampeders responded with a 75-yard scoring drive that Michel completed with an over-the-shoulder catch for a 33-yard TD.

Lewis’s 33-yard punt return and Ottawa’s pointless roughness penalty put the ball on the Redblacks’ 36 with a minute to play within the second quarter, however the Stampeders settled for a Paredes 32-yard subject purpose to path 20-19 on the half.

Maier’s fumble handing the ball off to Dedrick Mills was recovered by Redblacks defensive finish Lorenzo Mauldin to begin the second quarter.

Crum ran the ball 28 yards to Calgary’s doorstep, adopted by Milanovic-Litre’s three-yard carry to the top zone.

Dandridge picked off a Maier move meant for Reggie Begelton for a choose six within the closing minute of the primary quarter. Ward’s convert noticed the guests a 10-6 lead.

“I feel I’ve turned the ball over each sport that we performed in and whether or not I’ve responded or not, finally we’ve acquired to eradicate these in order that we may give ourselves some extra respiratory room and never really feel like we now have to beat ourselves,” Maier stated.

On Calgary’s second drive of the sport, Maier threw downfield to Barnes for a 54-yard catch and run to the top zone.

The Stampeders led 6-3 after Paredes missed the convert. Ottawa scored a 33-yard subject purpose on its opening drive.

Temperature at kick off was 30 Celsius underneath barely hazy skies at McMahon.


The Redblacks are at residence to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2-4) on Friday. The Stampeders journey to Montreal to face the Alouettes (2-3) on Sunday.

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