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(Sunday, September 20th)
Final Score: Edmonton 31, Saskatchewan 27
Regina, SK (Sports Network) - Ricky Ray connected with Maurice Mann on a 68- yard touchdown pass with just over a minute remaining in the game, as Edmonton stole a 31-27 decision against Saskatchewan.
Ray finished with 315 yards and two touchdowns on 25-of-34 attempts, finding Mann seven times for 128 yards and a score and Fred Stamps eight times for 119 yards and a TD.
Arkee Whitlock had two touchdowns runs for the Eskimos (6-5), who had dropped two in a row coming in. He had a chance at three but fumbled into the end zone, where Omarr Morgan scooped the loose ball and went 108 yards the other way, which now stands as the longest fumble return for a TD in CFL history.
Darian Durant connected on 23-of-35 attempts for 234 yards and a touchdown for the Roughriders (6-5), who had won two straight. Wes Cates had a rushing TD in defeat.
The Roughriders scored 10 straight in the fourth quarter to take a slim lead. Chris Getzlaf's 20-yard TD reception early in the frame tied things, and Luca Congi's 21-yard boot midway through made it 27-24 in favor of Saskatchewan.
Neither team was able to muster any points until Ray's pump fake allowed Mann to break open down the right sideline, as the QB hit the receiver in stride for the game-winning 68-yard strike with 1:09 to play.
Saskatchewan marched into enemy territory on the ensuing possession but the comeback came up just short.
In the first half, Whitlock scored a pair of touchdowns around Cates' four- yard score. Whitlock's TDs came on runs of one and three yards, respectively.
Congi's 22-yard field goal had Saskatchewan within 14-10, but Ray found Stamps for a five-yard score just before the break to extend Edmonton's margin.
The historic fumble return for a TD occurred early in the third, but Edmonton was able to tack on a conceded safety and a single to stay up by seven heading to the fourth.
The previous fumble return for a TD record was 104 yards by Ottawa's Al Washington on July 7, 1984...There is now a three-way tie for first place in the Western Division between Edmonton, Saskatchewan and Calgary.
09/20 19:40:37 ET
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