Saskatchewan Roughriders defensive lineman A.C. Leonard grabs Ottawa Redblacks quarterback Trevor Harris during a Canadian Football League game on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, in Regina, Saskatchewan. (AP Photo)
Former Alabama All-American Trent Richardson got more action in his second Canadian Football League game than he did in his first and tripled his rushing yardage.
On Friday night, Richardson led the Saskatchewan Roughriders with 60 yards on 14 rushing attempts in a 33-32 loss to the Ottawa Redblacks. In his CFL debut in the Roughriders’ 27-24 victory over the Toronto Argonauts on Saturday night, Richardson ran for 20 yards on five carries.
That was Richardson’s first football game since a preseason contest with the Oakland Raiders on Aug. 30, 2015. Saskatchewan signed Richardson on Sept. 26.
Richardson also had a 2-yard reception on Friday night.
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Richardson’s longest run of the game was a 15-yarder that helped set up a field goal that put Saskatchewan ahead 22-20 in the third quarter.
Richardson set up a touchdown that gave the Roughriders a 29-20 lead when he took a direct snap and got 3 yards on a third-and-2 play. (In the CFL, teams have three downs to gain 10 yards.)
Richardson also had a hard-charging, 3-yard pickup in the fourth quarter when Kevin Glenn fumbled on a quarterback sneak on third-and-1 at the Ottawa 9-yard line. Richardson scooped up the loose ball in the backfield and converted the first down. The Roughriders wound up with a field goal and a 32-20 lead.
The Roughriders held that lead late in the fourth quarter, but Ottawa scored touchdowns with 2:31 and 0:04 left to play to squeeze out the victory.
Former Alabama wide receiver Christion Jones returned five punts for 95 yards, including a 52-yarder, and five kickoffs for 106 yards for the Roughriders.
Saskatchewan wide receiver Duron Carter, who attended Alabama but never played for the Crimson Tide, caught 11 passes for 231 yards on Friday night.
Richardson won the Doak Walker Award as the nation’s best collegiate running back and finished third in the balloting for the Heisman Trophy while helping Alabama win the 2011 BCS national championship.
The Cleveland Browns selected Richardson with the third choice in the 2012 NFL Draft. In three seasons with the Browns and Indianapolis Colts, Richardson had 2,032 yards and 17 touchdowns on 614 rushing attempts and caught 113 passes for 912 yards and two TDs.
Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @AMarkG1.