CFL Game Summary - Edmonton at British Columbia
(Friday, October 19th)
Final Score: British Columbia 39, Edmonton 19
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Mike Reilly threw a pair of touchdown passes
and Paul McCallum connected on six field goals to lead the British Columbia
Lions past the Edmonton Eskimos, 39-19, on Friday.
Reilly, who was making his first career start in place of an injured Travis
Lulay, completed 19-of-28 passes for 276 yards and an interception for the
Lions (12-4), who clinched the top spot in the Western Division.
Nick Moore had five receptions for 67 yards and a touchdown, while Tim Brown
finished with 50 rushing yards and a score on four carries and added 34
yards on two
catches in the win.
Kerry Joseph threw for 146 yards with a touchdown and an interception on just
6-of-24 passing for Edmonton (7-9), which had its two-game win streak snapped.
The Eskimos' Cary Koch paced all receivers with 72 yards and a
touchdown on three receptions.
British Columbia held a 16-10 lead entering the third quarter and McCallum
connected on a 44-yard field goal on the Lions' second possession of the frame
to extend BC's lead.
McCallum conceded a safety on the Lions' next touch by running out of the end
zone on a punt attempt at his own goal line to make it a 19-12 game with 5:56
left in the third.
Edmonton started a drive at its own 28 after the teams traded punts, and
Joseph kept the possession alive by converting a 2nd-and-10 with an 18-yard
scramble before capping the 6-play, 82-yard march with a 19-yard touchdown
pass to Koch, who tipped the ball away from a leaping defender before turning
around and corralling the ball as he fell to the ground, tying the game at
19-19 with 13:55 remaining in the contest.
The tie was short-lived, however, as Reilly found Moore for a 20-yard gain on
the Lions' ensuing possession to move the ball past midfield and set up
McCallum's 40-yard field goal.
The Lions added to their advantage on their next touch, as British Columbia
started its drive at the Edmonton 42 and took advantage of the favorable field
position with a 4-play trek capped by Moore's 9-yard reception in the right
side of the end zone.
Ryan Phillips intercepted Joseph on the Esks' next offensive play and Harris'
13-yard run preceded a 42-yard field goal by McCallum for a 32-19 lead with
just over three minutes left to play.
Joseph was then sacked by Brandon Jordan on a 3rd-and-18 at the Edmonton 27
and Brown reeled off a 23-yard score on a run off the left side on the next
play to cap the scoring.
Reilly opened the game with a 6-yard completion to Ernest Jackson, but was
intercepted on the next play by JC Sherritt, who returned it 27 yards to the
Lions' 17-yard line.
Edmonton, though, lost 10 yards on the possession and was forced to settle for
Grant Shaw's 34-yard field goal.
Reilly atoned for his early mistake on British Columbia's ensuing drive by
hitting Akeem Foster deep down the right sideline for a 47-yard gain. After a
personal foul penalty on Edmonton during an incomplete second-down pass gave
the Lions a new set of downs at the Eskimos' 11, Reilly connected with
Courtney Taylor for an 11-yard touchdown.
Edmonton later took over on offense at its own 47 following a series of punts,
and a 46-yard catch-and-run over the middle by Koch set up a 24-yard kick by
Shaw to knot the game at 7-7.
The teams then traded a 38-yard field goal by McCallum and a 47-yard kick by
Shaw over the next two possessions of the game to make it a 10-10 contest
early in the second quarter.
British Columbia regained the ball at its own 25 following a punt by each team
and Reilly reeled off an 18-yard run before finding Moore and Foster for gains
of 26 and 21 yards, respectively, to move as far as the Edmonton 3-yard line.
The Lions could not push the ball across the goal line, however, and
McCallum's 11-yard field goal gave BC a 13-10 advantage with just over three
minutes left in the half.
The Eskimos managed just one first down on their next touch and Brown raced up
the middle for a 52-yard punt return, resulting in a 48-yard field goal by
McCallum for a 16-10 edge at the break.
The Lions have now won seven of their eight home games this season ... Foster
finished with 68 yards on two receptions ... British Columbia racked up 404
yards of offense, while Edmonton finished with 238 ... Hugh Charles had 35
yards on seven carries for the Eskimos .. Lions coach Mike Benevides set a new
team record for wins as a first-year coach with the victory, surpassing the
previous mark of 11 shared by Wally Buono, Don Matthews and Bob O'Billovich.
10/20 01:24:37 ET
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