This is all you need to win.
Had it actually been a playoff game on Saturday, as Edmonton Elks head coach Chris Jones had been preparing for all week, it would have all been over.
Instead, his Elk has reached the halfway point of the 2022 Canadian Football League season and is still shouldering the proverbial monkey.
The 34-23 loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders was Edmonton’s 12th consecutive loss at Commonwealth Stadium, and their 14th straight loss without defeating a West Division opponent.
This dropped the team at the bottom of the division to 2-7 for the season. As Saskatchewan improved to his 5-4 record, the Edmonton crossover further scuttled his playoff hopes.
Cody Fajardo had 130 yards on 11-of-20 passes with a touchdown and an interception, gained 51 yards on eight carries and recorded two more passes, and Taylor Cornelius went 10-of-20 for 163 yards. I got the interception. 2 touchdowns for a game-high 86 yards on 7 rushes.
Edmonton’s Kenny Lawler led all receivers with 91 yards on five catches, while former Elks player Duke Williams had four catches for 80 yards and the game-winning touchdown.
The Roughriders scored on their opening drive when they counted a 72-yard punt single through the end zone after Fajardo was sacked by Thomas Costigan.
But Elk found the end zone first and got on the feet of Canadian running back Ante Ritter, raking in 26 yards on three carries before Cornelius scrambled the final 10 yards to take a 7-1 lead. did.
Saskatchewan regained the lead with Fajardo punching in from the 1-yard line to lead 8–7 in the second quarter, with Brett Rouser adding a 34-yard field goal.
Edmonton marched 65 yards downfield to the Saskatchewan 5-yard line, only for a botched snap into the hands of Charleston Hughes. However, they got close enough to his goal on Sergio Castillo’s 38-yard field to make it a one-point game.
But the Elks took a 17-14 lead in the blazing final minute of the second quarter. After Lowther hit from 46 yards out, Cornelius dove 26 yards down the sideline and got the ball over the pylon.
Elk right guard Marc Corte received his second misconduct penalty in just four plays and was ejected from the game following the extra point.
With 22 seconds left in the half at that point, it was all the time Mario Alford needed to make a kickoff return 98 yards back to the end zone to take a 21–17 lead into the third quarter.
A lightning-fast delay and a temporary extension of halftime meant that the planned ceremony for the latest Wall of Honor Hall of Fame inductees Jim Germann, Joe Hollimon and Ed Jones was postponed after the game .
Saskatchewan started the final frame with a 44-yard field goal by Castillo as Edmonton trailed 22–20, but this was another punt single 62 yards to start the second half scoring.
Cornerback Nafeez Lyon returned the ball to the Elks and Fajardo intercepted a deep offer on the sideline and set up a 46-yard field goal to give them their first lead of the game with ten minutes remaining.
Lyon went on to knock down a deep ball aimed at the Duke of Williams. However, a pass interference called against Tristan Ducudo set up a 24-yard touchdown catch by Williams and missed a two-point attempt before Saskatchewan led 28–23.
And Elk is back to writing a familiar old ending that fans have seen time and time again.
On Edmonton’s ensuing drive, they started filing at the 3-minute mark after Cornelius was intercepted by Laurent Milligan on a pass intended for Emmanuel Arcenaut. And the Roughriders would have parlayed the turnover on a 23-yard field goal to an eight-point lead.
But Elk defensive end Matt Thomas flagged for the leap, so the Roughriders used the extra down to turn a one-score game with 2:05 remaining into an 11-point lead, with Fajardo at 1:35. I cut it. 6 yard touchdown.
next: The Elks kick off their home-and-away series against the Ottawa Redblacks on the capital’s streets on Friday (5pm, TSN, ESPN+, 630 CHED).
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Edmonton Elks lose 12th straight at home, lose to Roughriders
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