The Saskatchewan Roughriders were hoping a new stadium could help revitalize a team that lost all but 5 of 18 home games over the past two years, but it ended up being the same story in a dramatic 43-40 double overtime loss to Winnipeg.
Justin Medlock nailed a 28 yard field goal in the second extra time mini-game after Riders kicker Tyler Crapigna hit the left upright on his field goal attempt, sending most of Rider Nation home on a sour note.
The game started off perfectly for the 33,000 fans eager to see their new digs. After a Crapigna field goal and an interception by Jonathan Newsome, the Green and White moved down the field quickly, capping off a two play, 54 yard drive when Kevin Glenn found Caleb Holley for the first touchdown in New Mosaic Stadium.
That celebration would continue early in the second. Medlock nailed a field goal to lower the lead to 7, but Glenn would hook up with Bakari Grant in the endzone to put the Riders up 17-3.
However, that's when things started to turn bad for Saskatchewan. The Bombers would get the lead down to 4 at half, and two quick touchdowns early in the third quarter, less than a minute apart, would put Winnipeg up 10.
In the fourth quarter, down 37-23, the Riders began their comeback. Glenn found Nic Demski for a score to put them within a touchdown of the lead before the veteran pivot found Naaman Roosevelt to tie up the game and force extra football.
After the teams exchanged field goals in the first OT, Crapigna hit the upright, leading to the winning field goal. It's the second straight game the Riders kicker has failed to capitalize on a field goal attempt with the game on the line.
Glenn would finish the night with 36 completions on 49 attempts for 377 yard, 4 touchdowns and 2 picks. Demski was the top receiver for the Green and White with 82 yards in the air. The one nonexistent part of the Riders offense was their rushing game, with the top Rider only picking up 11 yards on the ground.
With the loss, the Riders fall to 0-2 on the season. They'll host Hamilton next week.
Despite the defeat, there may have been one fan wearing Green and White walking home happy. The 50/50 jackpot for the game reached over $550,000, meaning someone would have walked home with at least $275,000.