2012 Saskatchewan Roughriders season
Head Coach Corey Chamblin
General Manager Brendan Taman
Home Field Mosaic Stadium at Taylor Field
Record 8–10
Place 3rd, West
Playoff Finish Lost West Semi-Final
CFL SSK Jersey
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2011 2013

The 2012 Saskatchewan Roughriders season was the 55th season for the team in the Canadian Football League. The Roughriders finished the season in 3rd place in the West Division with an 8–10 record, improving upon their 5–13 record from 2011. The Roughriders qualified for the playoffs and lost to the Calgary Stampeders in the Western Semi-Final.

During the off-season, the Roughriders hired Corey Chamblin as their head coach after Ken Miller had retired.


On December 15, 2011, Riders hired new head coach Corey Chamblin. On March 22, 2012, Riders traded their 2nd and 4th round picks in the Canadian College Draft to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for Odell Willis. The Roughriders also signed soon-to-be all star and former National Football League running back Kory Sheets while also signing three quarterbacks in February.

CFL DraftEdit

The 2012 CFL Draft took place on May 3, 2012 live at 1:00 PM CST. The Roughriders had the first overall draft pick and four selections total in the six-round draft, after trading away their second, fourth, and fifth round picks and acquiring Calgary's fifth round pick.[1]

Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team
1 1 Ben Heenan OL Saskatchewan
3 12 Samuel Hurl LB Calgary
5 35 Kevin Régimbald-Gagné LB Sherbrooke
6 39 Ismaël Bamba WR Sherbrooke


Week Date Opponent Score Result Attendance Record
A Wed, June 13 at BC Lions 44–10 Loss 24,871 0–1
B Fri, June 22 vs. Calgary Stampeders 33–31 Loss 30,998 0–2

Regular seasonEdit

Under the direction of Corey Chamblin, the Roughriders were leading 3-0 going into their game against Calgary, having beaten Hamilton, Edmonton and BC. Kory Sheets had already scored three touchdowns in consecutive games, and Weston Dressler was starting off strong. Roughriders kick returner Tristan Jackson even returned a missed field goal by Paul McCallum, the first Rider to return a kick return since 2007.

The Roughriders then began losing close games, losing in overtime in Calgary and losing by one point to Hamilton, both games in which they held double digit leads in the fourth quarter. Following the bye week, the team lost their next three, extending their losing streak to five games after opening the season 3-0.

The Riders were heading into the Labour Day Classic needing to find a way to win against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. They didn't know it would be this easy, crushing the Blue Bombers 52-0, which was the first time that Winnipeg was shutout in a game since 1969.[2] The Roughriders would then defeat Winnipeg again in the Banjo Bowl, winning it by a field goal by Sandro DeAngelis in the last minute, led by backup quarterback Drew Willy after Darian Durant was injured early in the game.

Willy would then start in Montreal, but unfortunately couldn't find a way to win. But Calgary was in Regina the next game, with Durant starting, and this time Chamblin "challenged" the defense to keep Jon Cornish away from the 100 yard mark, or "someone would lose their job". The defense was successful, and so was the offence, as the Roughriders got redemption from the Stampeders, winning 30-25.

The next game was against the defending champion BC Lions, with the season series tied one game apiece. The Roughriders got a huge win at home, with Greg Carr scoring a touchdown, and Weston Dressler, already having the greatest season of his career, snagging two. The team continued their winning streak against Toronto, dominating the Argoanuts 36-10. The Roughriders RB Kory Sheets was going for the 1000 yard mark in rushing, in his first season in the CFL. He soon accomplished that, becoming the first Saskatchewan rookie running back to gain 1000 rushing yards since Darren Davis in 2000.

While the Roughriders would lose their next two games, they nonetheless qualified for the playoffs after 16 games. A Calgary win over Hamilton gave the Riders a spot in the playoffs, as they would be back to the playoffs under Chamblin control. Weston Dressler would get his first career punt return touchdown, against Montreal on October 20.

Season standingsEdit

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Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Y-BC Lions 18 13 5 0 481 354 26 Details
X-Calgary Stampeders 18 12 6 0 534 431 24 Details
X-Saskatchewan Roughriders 18 8 10 0 457 409 16 Details
X-Edmonton Eskimos 18 7 11 0 422 450 14 Details

Season scheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Score Result Attendance Record
1 Fri, June 29 at Hamilton Tiger-Cats 43–16 Win 25,682 1–0
2 Sun, July 8 vs. Edmonton Eskimos 17–1 Win 31,459 2–0
3 Sat, July 14 vs. BC Lions 23–20 Win 32,080 3–0
4 Thurs, July 19 at Calgary Stampeders 41–38 (OT) Loss 32,228 3–1
5 Sat, July 28 vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats 35–34 Loss 32,898 3–2
6 Bye 3–2
7 Fri, Aug 10 at Edmonton Eskimos 28–20 Loss 43,178 3–3
8 Sun, Aug 19 at BC Lions 24–5 Loss 34,343 3–4
9 Sat, Aug 25 vs. Calgary Stampeders 17–10 Loss 33,427 3–5
10 Sun, Sept 2 vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers 52–0 Win 33,427 4–5
11 Sun, Sept 9 at Winnipeg Blue Bombers 25–24 Win 30,077 5–5
12 Sun, Sept 16 at Montreal Alouettes 28–17 Loss 23,147 5–6
13 Sun, Sept 23 vs. Calgary Stampeders 30–25 Win 33,427 6–6
14 Sat, Sept 29 vs. BC Lions 27–21 Win 32,360 7–6
15 Mon, Oct 8 at Toronto Argonauts 36–10 Win 25,176 8–6
16 Sat, Oct 13 at Edmonton Eskimos 37–20 Loss 38,678 8–7
17 Sat, Oct 20 vs. Montreal Alouettes 34–28 Loss 32,003 8–8
18 Sat, Oct 27 vs. Toronto Argonauts 31–26 Loss 29,747 8–9
19 Sat, Nov 3 at BC Lions 17–6 Loss 36,357 8–10



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Week Game Date Time Opponent Score Result Attendance
20 West Semi-Final Nov 11 3:30 PM CST at Calgary Stampeders 36–30 Loss 30,027

West Semi-FinalEdit

Saskatchewan at Calgary
by Quarter1234 Total
Roughriders 3 13 0 14 30
• Stampeders 0 19 7 10 36


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