CFL Game Summary - Winnipeg at Edmonton
(Friday, July 13th)
Final Score: Edmonton 42, Winnipeg 10
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - After managing just one point in a loss at
Saskatchewan on Sunday, the Eskimos broke out for 35 points in the first half
before holding on late to beat the Blue Bombers, 42-10.
With their offense sputtering, the Eskimos (2-1) needed all aspects of their
game to come to play and they did on Friday as they got majors from their
special teams, defense and offense en route to the victory.
"It's just one game. There's still a lot of work for us to offensively," said
Eskimos head coach Kavis Reed. "I'm very proud of the character the guys
showed. I'm very proud that they quieted all the noise that was around them
this week and concentrated on playing football."
Steven Jyles led the offense with 272 yards and one touchdown through the air
on 15-of-27 passing. Backup Kerry Joseph was 3-of-3 for 102 yards and two
touchdowns, including a 76-yard major to Hugh Charles, who finished with three
catches for 145 yards.
"We did a better job today. We still have some improving to do but we showed
up today," said Lyles. "We scored points, our defense played great and we got
a great team win."
Edmonton has now won three of the last four meetings between these teams.
Winnipeg (0-3) starting quarterback Buck Pierce left the game with a foot
injury early and backup Alex Brink came on but had a forgettable performance.
He completed just 8-of-18 passes for 75 yards and an interception before a
vicious hit on the first play of the fourth quarter forced third-stringer Joey
Elliott into the game.
Elliott went 11-of-18 for 193 yards and a touchdown in relief, while
Chris Matthews hauled in seven passes for 171 yards and one major for
the Blue Bombers, who haven't held a lead in any of their three losses
this season after appearing in the Grey Cup title game just a season ago.
Edmonton's special teams unit stepped up first by forcing a fumble on a punt
return for the first score of the game.
Demond Washington received the punt for Winnipeg, but was stripped by Lee
Robinson before Clint Kent scooped up the loose ball and took it 29 yards for
Next it was the defense's turn as Donovan Alexander's interception later in
the opening stanza set up a 43-yard field goal for Grant Shaw as the Eskimos
grabbed a 10-0 lead.
The offense then came to life in the second as Jyles found Cary Koch for a 33-
yard touchdown to extend the advantage to 17-0.
Edmonton's defense continued to force mistakes from the Blue Bombers as T.J.
Hill picked off a Brink pass on Winnipeg's ensuing possession and took it 32
yards for the major and the rout was on.
Edmonton forced another Winnipeg turnover on its next possession, but managed
only a single as Shaw missed a 44-yard field goal attempt to give the Eskimos
a 25-0 lead.
Shaw then buried a 24-yard field goal later in the second to extend the lead
before Edmonton drove the length of the field with under two minutes to play.
The big play of the drive was a 60-yard pass from Jyles to Charles before
Joseph finished off the 97-yard drive with a four-yard pass to Shamawd
Chambers to make it a 35-0 blowout heading into the locker room.
The Edmonton defense continued to stifle the Blue Bombers in the third,
allowing the only score on a 44-yard field goal field goal from Justin
Brink left the game early in the fourth quarter after sustaining a vicious hit
and Elliott connected with Matthews on his first pass for a 72-yard touchdown
to bring the Blue Bombers within 35-10.
Winnipeg then recovered Jyles' fumble on a sack, but Elliott was intercepted
by Joe Burnett in the end zone to end the threat.
Charles then put the game away late in the fourth when he took a screen pass
77 yards for the major to give the Eskimos a 32-point lead.
Julius Williams and Marcus Howard from Edmonton and Len January from Winnipeg
were all disqualified after a fight late in the third quarter...The Eskimos
scored 25 points off of Winnipeg turnovers ...Both teams used all three
quarterbacks on their rosters.
07/14 01:54:32 ET
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