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Redblacks get huge offensive performance in win over Roughriders

Dominque Davis threw three touchdown passes Thursday night and Lewis Ward kicked six field goals in the Ottawa Redblacks 44-41 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Dominque Davis tosses 3 TDs, Lewis Ward connects on 6 field goals

Saskatchewan Roughriders wide receiver Shaq Evans (1) loses the ball as he collides with Ottawa Redblacks defensive back Chris Randle (7) in Ottawa on Thursday. (Fred Chartrand/Canadian Press)

Were the offences that good or the defences that bad Thursday in Ottawa?

If you ask the Ottawa Redblacks they won't care after escaping with a 44-41 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Dominque Davis threw three touchdown passes and Lewis Ward kicked six field goals in the Redblacks' win, but it was the Riders who led 468-447 in total yardage.

The Redblacks won't care about that either.

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The Ottawa Redblacks improved to 2-0 on the season with a 44-41 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders. 2:20

"I really like the group and their mindset. They just keep plugging along but we're well aware that we've got work to do and there's plenty of room for improvement," Redblacks coach Rick Campbell said.

The Redblacks went into the fourth quarter with a 38-27 lead that Ward upped to 41-27 with a 28-yard field goal five minutes in.

The Riders and quarterback Cody Fajardo wouldn't quit as they drove the field. Marcus Thigpen scored on a six-yard run with less than five minutes to play. The extra point was no good however, leaving the Riders trailing 41-33.

Ward made it 44-33 with a 22-yard field goal with less than two minutes to play, but Fajardo scored on a one-yard run with 26 seconds left and threw a two-point conversion to Shaq Evans.

The Redblacks recovered the ensuing onside kick. Fajardo threw for 360 yards and two touchdowns, but it wasn't enough as the Riders fell to 0-2 with the home opener coming Canada Day against the Toronto Argonauts.

"I'm not a big stats guy. Obviously the biggest stat for any quarterback is wins and losses. We just have to get on the game film and figure out what we can get better at," Fajardo said, referring specifically to two lost fumbles.

"We had more turnovers than them and usually that's what this game is about, turnovers. I think both teams played well and they played well enough to win. We played well enough to win but we had a couple of bad breaks."

Davis meanwhile had 354 passing yards and no interceptions as the Redblacks head into their bye week with a 2-0 record. He threw four interceptions last week in a road win over the Calgary Stampeders.

"That was my main goal coming into this week — taking care of the ball. I knew that if we take care of the ball we've got a good chance at winning games," Davis said.

"It's good to go into a bye week 2-0 and get ready for Winnipeg. There will be a lot of corrections to make once we watch the film and it definitely wasn't our best game and there's still room to grow."

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