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Prior to the season , the Roughriders were in need of new uniforms as their red and black ones had become old and worn out.
While visiting a surplus store in Chicago , executive member Jack Fyffe found a set of green and white uniforms and purchased them for the Roughriders.
After three years of first-round playoff exits, the Roughriders finally returned to prominence in , winning their first WIFU regular season championship with an 8—6 record.
Saskatchewan, led by quarterback Glenn Dobbs , defeated the Edmonton Eskimos in the West Final and advanced to the Grey Cup for the first time since In this game, they faced the Ottawa Rough Riders for the first time, marking the first Roughriders versus Rough Riders championship game in Canadian football history.
Unfortunately, Saskatchewan still did not win their first championship, as they were defeated by Ottawa 21—14 in the 39th Grey Cup.
Saskatchewan contended on and off in the s, with four consecutive winning seasons and second-place regular season finishes from to Their strongest season was in when the Roughriders achieved a 10—6 record and won their first playoff series since , only to lose to the Eskimos in the Western Finals.
Following their campaign, tragedy struck the Roughriders franchise when four members of the team were killed in a plane crash on December 9, , while returning from the Canadian Football Council CFC All Star Game in Vancouver.
The team retired the numbers of the four players shortly after the tragedy. Following a season that saw the Roughriders return to the playoffs, the team made roster moves that would define a generation of football in Saskatchewan.
The Roughriders continued to make progress in the next two seasons, posting back-to-back winning records, but lost in the West Semi-Finals in both years.
In after one year as the offensive coordinator, Eagle Keys became the head coach of the Roughriders and guided them to an 8—7—1 record and an appearance in the western semi final which they lost to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 15—9.
Fullback George Reed finished the season with over 1, yards rushing. Before the season began, the team added the final pieces to the roster by signing defensive tackle Ed McQuarters who was a recent cut by the St.
During the season the Roughriders finally captured the Western Conference regular season title with a 9—6—1 record. This was the first time they had accomplished that feat since Saskatchewan swept Winnipeg in the West Finals, winning two games to no losses, and qualified for the ninth Grey Cup final in franchise history.
In the 54th Grey Cup , Saskatchewan once again faced the Ottawa Rough Riders in a rematch of the championship game. George Reed was the MVP with 31 rushes for yards and one rushing touchdown.
The Roughriders began the season as defending champions for the first time in franchise history. They finished in second place in the West with a franchise-best 12—4 record and advanced to Grey Cup final once again, but lost to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 24—1.
Besides the 1st-place finish another highlight of the season was coach Eagles Keys winning the Annis Stukus Trophy awarded to the coach of the year.
The Roughriders finished in first place in and defeated the Stampeders to qualify for another Grey Cup. In the rubber match against the Ottawa Rough Riders, Saskatchewan fell 29—11 in their third Grey Cup game in four years.
The Roughriders won a franchise-best 14 games in , a record that stands to this day, but were upset in the West Finals by the Stampeders. Eagle Keys resigned during the following off-season, ending his career as the all-time leader in wins by a Saskatchewan Roughrider head coach with 68 wins and four first-place finishes.
Dave Skrien was hired as the next head coach of the Roughriders and led them as they continued their winning ways, namely with an appearance in the Grey Cup , which yielded another Saskatchewan loss to Hamilton.
The Riders then had three consecutive second-place finishes and West Final losses to the Edmonton Eskimos , ending when George Reed retired after the season as the all-time leading rusher in all of professional football with 16, rushing yards.
The Roughriders allowed a last-minute touchdown catch by Ottawa tight end Tony Gabriel to lose their fourth Grey Cup in ten years, ending one of the most bittersweet eras in Roughrider history.
While they also posted the best regular season record in all of professional football over that time period, the team only won one championship during that time.
They posted an 8—8 record in , but finished in fourth place. It was the start of an year playoff drought, the longest in CFL history.
However, in an era where the West was dominated by Edmonton, Winnipeg and in the mids the B. Lions, the Roughriders often found themselves in a losing battle for the last playoff spot.
Playing without Lancaster behind center for the first time in 16 seasons proved difficult as the team posted back-to-back 2—14 seasons in and Ironically, the head coach of those squads was none other than Lancaster himself.
During the following six seasons, the Roughriders never earned more than six wins in a season, leaving them soundly out of the playoff picture. Gregory took over a team that had missed the playoffs for ten consecutive seasons.
Before the season started, after almost a decade out of the playoffs and poor attendance saddling the team, the Roughriders felt it was necessary to conduct a telethon to keep the team afloat; the Montreal Alouettes had recently folded, and the Riders were determined not to let the same fate befall them.
The province-wide "Save the Roughriders" telethon was a success in that the team sold enough tickets to keep the team in operation.
Gregory then led the Riders to an 11—7 record in and a playoff berth. However, the Roughriders were relegated to second place because the Eskimos who had an identical record swept them in the regular season.
On November 13, the Roughriders hosted a playoff game for the first time since , but lost to the BC Lions in the Western Semi-Final by a score of 42— Nonetheless, it was a step in the right direction as the Roughriders learned how to win and gained valuable playoff experience that they would need for next season.
The Roughriders finished with a 9—9 record and a third-place finish in the season , but still qualified for the playoffs for a second consecutive season.
They defeated the Calgary Stampeders 33—26 in the West Semi-Finals in part because of delay run play to Brian Walling who ran 50 yards for a touchdown to make it 30—26 with 1: Ironically Walling had just been picked up by the Roughriders just weeks previously from the Edmonton Eskimos practice roster.
In the West Final, Saskatchewan faced the powerhouse Edmonton Eskimos , a team that set and still holds a CFL record with 16 regular season wins in one season.
The Roughriders defeated the heavily favoured Eskimos 32—21 to advance to the Grey Cup where they faced the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for the third time in franchise history.
With the score tied 40—40, placekicker Dave Ridgway kicked a yard game-winning field goal to win the 77th Grey Cup for the Roughriders, with a play that has become simply known as "The Kick.
In , Regina hosted the Grey Cup for the first time in league history, giving the Roughriders an opportunity to compete for the championship at home.
The team made the most of their opportunity as they defeated the Stampeders and Eskimos in the West Semi-Final and West Final, respectively, to advance to the 85th Grey Cup.
Unfortunately, the upstart Roughriders fell to the Doug Flutie -led Toronto Argonauts 47—23 in the first ever Grey Cup match up between the two oldest franchises in the league.
Following the season , Roy Shivers , the former Director of Player Personnel for the Calgary Stampeders , assumed the duties of general manager of the Roughriders.
The Roughriders made football history by being the first professional team with a black general manager and head coach. In what was described as a rebuilding process, the Roughriders began the Shivers and Barrett era with two consecutive last place finishes in and , missing the playoffs in both years.
In , progress was being made as Saskatchewan made the playoffs for the first time since their Grey Cup run with an 8—10 record and a fourth-place finish.
The team played in the East Semi-Final due to the crossover rule , playing in the eastern playoffs for the first time in their year history, losing to their last playoff opponent, the Toronto Argonauts.
The season saw the Roughriders earn their first winning record since , finishing 11—7 and in third place, building optimism in a year where the franchise was hosting their second ever Grey Cup game.
While the team played their longtime rival, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers , in the playoffs for the first time since and won, they lost the West Final to the eventual champion Edmonton Eskimos , missing a close chance to play in the Grey Cup at home.
After their strong campaign, the Roughriders were expected to build upon that success in While the team regressed slightly with a 9—9 record, they won the West Semi-Final over the Eskimos and advanced to the West Final for the second consecutive year to face the BC Lions.
After Saskatchewan scored a late touchdown to take the lead, BC tied the game with a late field goal, sending the game to overtime.
Prior to the season , quarterback Henry Burris signed as a free agent with Calgary , leaving the Roughriders with a smaller chance at progress.
The team finished in fourth place with a 9—9 record and crossed over to the Eastern playoffs again, only to be defeated by the Montreal Alouettes in the first ever post-season meeting with that team.
Feeling a greater need for progress, the pressure was on the Roughriders to perform in season. After Saskatchewan started the season with a 4—5 record, general manager Roy Shivers was fired on August 21, After contending on and off in the early part of the 21st century, the Roughriders hired Grey Cup hero Kent Austin as head coach and Ken Miller as offensive coordinator in the season.
Despite a rookie head coach, the team jumped out to a 7—2 start, which was their best start since This was also their first home playoff win since A month and a half after capturing the Grey Cup, Austin stepped down as head coach to become the offensive co-ordinator at his alma mater University of Mississippi.
The season began with a 6—0 record with wins shared between three quarterbacks, including the season opening starter, Marcus Crandell.
After the 6—0 start, the Riders went on to finish the CFL Regular season with the same record they finished with in , at 12—6. In , the Roughriders were led by quarterback Darian Durant , who had seen his first significant playing time in and was named the opening day starter.
Durant started all 18 games for Saskatchewan and led the team to a 10—7—1 record and their first West Division regular season title since After the Roughriders were leading 27—11 in the fourth quarter, Montreal stormed back to make the score 27—25 late in the fourth.
Montreal kicker Damon Duval attempted a yard field goal and missed, but Saskatchewan had been called for a too-many-men penalty, advancing the placement 10 yards.
The Roughriders celebrated their year anniversary as a football club during the season , wearing retro-themed red and black uniforms based on the ones worn by the Regina Roughriders.
Despite leading 11—8 at the half, the Roughriders faced a ten-point deficit in the fourth quarter. The lead proved insurmountable, as Saskatchewan lost the game to Montreal for the second consecutive year by a score 21— The club hired Greg Marshall as his replacement, but the season was one to forget, as the Roughriders finished last in the West with a 5—13 record and missed the playoffs.
The Roughriders fired Marshall after a 1—7 start and had Miller step in as his replacement. The season was plagued by errors and mishaps, most of them self-inflicted as the team could not dig itself out of their early season hole.
On December 16, Corey Chamblin , who formerly served as the defensive coordinator for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats , was named the new head coach of the Roughriders.
The Roughriders also lost outstanding Canadian slotback Andy Fantuz , who led the league in receiving yards in , as he signed as a free agent with Hamilton.
Nonetheless, the team qualified for the playoffs after missing out during the previous season. Simon holds the record for most career receiving yards.
Simon played for the Lions from to The season started off spectacularly for the Roughriders, mainly for Darian Durant and Kory Sheets.
The Roughriders went 8—1 in the first nine games and set a record for the best start in franchise history their previous best was 7—1 during the season.
Running back Kory Sheets had the best start for a running back in CFL history and Darian Durant had thrown only one interception while throwing 21 touchdowns.
The season ended with an 11—7 record, for 2nd in the West Division, behind Calgary. This allowed the Saskatchewan Roughriders to advance to the st Grey Cup.
It was the first time in Saskatchewan Roughriders history that they were part of the Grey Cup in their own hometown.
They began the season with a record of 9—3, similar to that of the season start. The Roughriders defensive line led by John Chick, Ricky Foley and Terrious George led the league in sacks throughout the season, and Brian Peters led a defence poised to make a run at another championship.
On September 7, , Darian Durant sustained an elbow injury during the Banjo Bowl that required surgery, ultimately ending his campaign.
The Roughriders then gave backup Tino Sunseri a shot at starting quarterback. Soon after, Weston Dressler was signed to a 4-year contract with the Roughriders and Tyron Brackenridge also signed a contract to stay in Saskatchewan.
Free agency saw the Roughriders bring back Kevin Glenn as their backup quarterback. To begin the year, the Roughriders found a linebacker, Jeff Knox Jr, in training camp and he became an immediate starter next to Shea Emry and Weldon Brown.
The first game of the season was devastating, with the Roughriders losing quarterback Darian Durant once again to a season-ending injury, along with injuries to Shea Emry and Keenan MacDougall early in the season.
This led to players such as Jake Doughty getting a starting gig with the team. With the injury to Durant, Kevin Glenn became the starting quarterback, fulfilling the purpose for which he was signed by Saskatchewan.
McCallum first game back with the Green and White was on July 5, , a 42—40 overtime loss to the Toronto Argonauts. This eventually led to rookie quarterback Brett Smith getting a shot as the starter.
During the August 30, game against the Ottawa Redblacks, head coach Corey Chamblin made the decision to bench Smith in favour of Tino Sunseri following an interception, which disgusted many Roughrider fans.
Following another disappointing loss to Ottawa and a record of 0—9 for the first half of the season, head coach Corey Chamblin and general manager Brendan Taman were fired on September 1, On December 7, , a mere week after winning the rd Grey Cup with the Edmonton Eskimos as their head coach, it was announced that Chris Jones would be the new head coach, general manager and vice-president of football operations for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Jones has won four Grey Cups rings with four teams: Montreal , Calgary , Toronto , Edmonton On December 16, eight assistant coaches under Jones in Edmonton joined the Roughrider coaching staff.
However, the Roughriders suddenly signed defensive end Shawn Lemon to replace Chick soon after. Later that month, the Roughriders re-signed longtime receiver Rob Bagg.
In Edmonton and especially Calgary , Rider fans make up to half the crowd, and many violent clashes have resulted in recent years between Roughrider and Stampeder fans.
Rider fans are also known for dressing up in unique and often bizarre Rider-themed costumes, the most popular being the watermelon helmet.
They are the only CFL football team with a fan-based analytic website, dedicated to fan-based opinion and perception. Beginning with the season, Insightrix Research Inc.
These predictions are compared against other Regions in Saskatchewan, titled "Battle of the Regions. Section 28 formerly known as the University Section was a notorious section in the East Side bleachers at Taylor Field.
They were known for their strict allegiance to the Riders, [ citation needed ] standing through the entire game, and often being merciless to opposing fans who sit in the section and cheer for the road team.
In addition, during every fourth quarter intermission, the P. There are many other songs that have been created over the years to tribute the team as well.
Many of these songs have proved so popular in Western Canada that they have become popular culture phenomena.
The current official Rider mascot is Gainer the Gopher , who made his first appearance in Two days later, they would re-sign defensive back Crezdon Butler.
The next day, the Roughriders released veteran quarterback Kevin Glenn. On January 19, , the Roughriders signed Collaros to a restructured contract for On January 22, , the Roughriders re-signed star receiver Duron Carter to a one-year contract extension.
The team also released international defensive back Erick Dargan. The team signed national defensive lineman Zack Evans. They also released international linebacker Glenn Love and offensive lineman Derek Dennis , who was their top free agent signing from The next day, the Roughriders officially announced the signing of national running back Jerome Messam and national linebacker Sam Hurl , both of whom had played for the team previously.
On February 15, , the Roughriders signed international offensive lineman Travis Bond and national defensive back Adam Laurensse , but released their top defensive player from in national linebacker Henoc Muamba.
On February 19, the Roughriders announced the signing of national receiver Jake Harty. The next day, the team announced international defensive end Charleston Hughes had signed an extension through They also signed international receivers Shaq Evans and Jacoby Ford.
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