July 20, 2018 7:14 am
Updated: July 20, 2018 10:18 am

Terrible second half sinks Tiger-Cats in rematch versus Roughriders

Hamilton Tiger-Cats head coach June Jones looks on at the start of the the CFL game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders in Hamilton, Ontario on Thursday, July 19, 2018.

CFL Photo - Geoff Robins

For the fifth game in a row dating back to 2016, the Saskatchewan Roughriders got the better of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Saskatchewan outscored 24-3 in the second half enroute to a 31-20 victory at Tim Hortons Field. The win gave the Roughriders a season sweep of the Tiger-Cats for the second year in a row.

The Riders used big plays to clinch the win. Former Ticat Marcus Thigpen ran for an 80-yard touchdown just 33 seconds into the third quarter and Christion Jones returned a punt for a 61-yard TD late in the same frame.

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Riders quarterback Brandon Bridge completed 17 of his 22 pass attempts for 165 yards and a 24-yard TD pass to Naaman Roosevelt that put Saskatchewan (3-2) ahead 21-17 in the third stanza, a lead they would never relinquish.

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The touchdown came three plays after Hamilton QB Jeremiah Masoli tried an onside kick on third and 13 at the Saskatchewan 53 yard line. Masoli’s kick was blocked and recovered by Saskatchewan’s Willie Jefferson.

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Masoli was limited to just 184 passing yards, ending his CFL record-tying streak of consecutive games with 300 or more passing yards in a game. He holds the record of nine straight with Sam Etcheverry and Kent Austin.

Former Ticats and Riders receiver Andy Fantuz, who retired Thursday following a 12-year CFL career, was honoured on the field with a video tribute after the first quarter in front of an announced crowd of 23,346.

Hamilton (2-3) next plays July 28 at home against the Ottawa Redblacks.

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