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Roughriders down Blue Bombers in Miller's return

Sep 5, 2011 - 12:39 AM Regina, SK (Sports Network) - A coaching change and more than two weeks to prepare helped the Saskatchewan Roughriders momentarily right the ship of a disappointing season with a 27-7 victory over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

A loss at Toronto on August 18 dropped the Riders to 1-7 on the year, and head coach Greg Marshall and offensive coordinator Doug Berry were immediately relieved of their duties.

Former coach and vice president of football operations Ken Miller took over the reins and watched Darian Durant pass for 232 yards and three touchdowns, including a pair to Chris Getzlaf.

Buck Pierce tossed for 209 yards on 20-of-28 efficiency for Winnipeg (7-2), which had a five-game winning streak snapped.

"We can't hang our hats on anything. They beat us on special teams, they beat us on offense and they beat us on defense. It was quite the collapse across the board for us," Winnipeg defensive lineman Doug Brown said.

Durant broke a scoreless tie by hitting Getzlaf on a 38-yard strike with 1:04 remaining in the first quarter, and Chris Milo made it 10-0 with a 27-yard field goal early in the second.

Winnipeg got on the board with a single, and Justin Palardy's 22-yard field goal just before the half made it a 10-4 game.

Durant and Weston Dressler connected on a 21-yard scoring strike early in the third to extend the margin.

Palardy split the uprights on a 39-yard kick a little later, but Chris Milo answered with a 12-yard field goal to cap a 12-play, 71-yard drive that lasted nearly 6 1/2 minutes.

The scoring was finalized when Durant and Getzlaf hooked up again for a 13- yard TD late in the fourth.

"Whenever you can beat the best team in the league it's a big win. But it's just one week," Durant said.

Game Notes

The squads meet again next Sunday, this time in Winnipeg...Dallas Baker led Saskatchewan's receiving corps with 82 yards on four receptions...Fred Reid was held to 35 yards on 14 carries for Winnipeg, which got 89 yards and nine catches for Kito Poblah.