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(Saturday, July 25th)
Final Score: Edmonton 38, Saskatchewan 33
Regina, SK (Sports Network) - Arkee Whitlock's 18-yard touchdown run with just over eight minutes left was the difference, as the Edmonton Eskimos edged the Saskatchewan Roughriders, 38-33.
Whitlock finished with 63 yards on 13 carries for the Eskimos (2-2), who snapped a two-game slide. Calvin McCarty added 76 yards on nine touches with a pair of scores in the win. Ricky Ray threw for 247 yards on 23-of-32 efficiency with an interception. Kamau Peterson was the leading receiver for the winning team with 78 yards on six grabs.
Darian Durant totaled 238 yards on 20-of-36 passing with a touchdown and added a rushing score for the 'Riders (2-2), who dropped their second in a row. Rob Bagg tallied 83 yards on six catches in defeat, while Wes Cates had a TD grab. Chris Szarka also notched a rushing TD.
Trailing by a point, the Eskimos got the ball back at their own 54 with a bit under 11 minutes left in the game. The club marched down and converted on a third down before Whitlock juked his way 18 yards into the end zone. The two- point conversion was no good, but Edmonton was still up 38-33 with about 7 1/2 minutes left.
The teams traded possessions, and the Roughriders eventually got the ball back at their own 47 with 1:58 left to play. Durant moved the chains with a 13- yard run, but later in the drive, on third down, a dropped pass gave Edmonton the ball back, which sealed the game.
The 'Riders got on the board just under four minutes into the game, as Durant hooked up with Cates for a four-yard TD. They added a single later before Lance Frazier picked off a pass and took it 70 yards to the end zone for a score, and it was 15-0 after the first quarter.
Durant ran for an 18-yard score to put Saskatchewan up by 22 before Edmonton responded with 10 consecutive points on Noel Prefontaine's 16-yard field goal and McCarty's 37-yard touchdown run.
Both teams added another field goal to make it 25-13 in favor of the Roughriders at the half.
The third quarter was all Edmonton, which outscored Saskatchewan, 17-0, to take the lead.
Prefontaine had a field goal 5 1/2 minutes in, and Tristan Jackson ran a punt back 75 yards for a score to make it 25-23 with about eight minutes left in the frame.
The Eskimos then embarked on an epic drive that saw the club convert on a 3rd-and-inches. The seven-play, 47-yard drive was capped by McCarty's two- yard touchdown run, which gave Edmonton its first lead of the game, 30-25, with about 2 1/2 minutes left before the fourth.
Saskatchewan answered with a scoring drive, culminated by Szarka's one-yard TD run that, following the two-point conversion, gave the home team a 33-30 lead with just over 14 minutes left to play.
After forcing an Edmonton punt, the 'Riders got the ball back but were forced to concede a safety, which closed it to 33-32.
Saskatchewan plays Calgary on August 1. Edmonton plays Montreal on July 30...Saskatchewan registered 385 total yards, while Edmonton had 294.
07/25 20:09:13 ET
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