The Saskatchewan Roughriders are only one win away from a spot in the Grey Cup, after knocking off last year's CFL champions and hosts of this year's championship game.
Kevin Glenn had two touchdowns, one in the air and one on the ground, while Marcus Thigpen rushed for 169 yards and a rushing touchdown as the Riders defeated the Ottawa Redblacks 31-20 to book their ticket in the East Final.
The game started off with fireworks in the nation's capital. Less than a minute after the opening kickoff, Glenn found receiver Bakari Grant for a 29 yard touchdown to give the Green and White an early lead. But only seconds later, the Red and Black would respond, as Ottawa quarterback Trevor Harris threw a 56 yard strike to Davonte Spencer and a two-point convert put Ottawa up 8-7.
On the ensuing drive, the Riders would march down the field and Glenn would cap off a lengthy drive with a one yard plunge to paydirt, putting the Riders back up by 6. It seemed that Ottawa was going to respond on their next drive, but Harris was picked off by Sameul Eguavoen at Saskatchewan's five yard line, ending the first quarter.
In the second quarter, the visitors from the West would continue to build up their lead. With good field position to start, Glenn and Grant connected once again, this time a 44 yard play that would lead to a Vernon Adams Jr. sneak into the endzone, giving the Riders a 21-8 lead into the second half.
Ottawa responded early in the third quarter with a field goal, but Riders back Marcus Thigpen put the game out of reach on the very next play, finding a hole and rambling 75 yards to score another Saskatchewan touchdown. The teams would exchange field goals to end the third quarter, and Ottawa would get a late score, but it didn't matter as the Riders took their first challenge to get to the Grey Cup after crossing over.
Glenn would finish the night with 252 passing yards in his 12th career playoff start. Grant had a team-high 85 receiving yards, while Jovon Johnson had an interception and Mike Edem had a fumble recover for the Green and White. On the other side, Harris threw for 457 yards and two touchdowns but had those two picks.
The Riders now head down Highway 401 to Toronto, where they'll face the Argonauts in the East Final, and have a chance to become the first crossover team to make it to the Grey Cup. If they can topple the Boatmen, the Riders will head back on the 401 to Ottawa for the CFL finale.