CFL Game Summary - Edmonton at British Columbia
(Saturday, June 28)
Final Score: Edmonton 27, British Columbia 20
Vancouver, BC (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Reilly threw for 229 yards and three
touchdowns as the Edmonton Eskimos secured a 27-20 win over the British
Columbia Lions at BC Place.
Edmonton (1-0), which won a total of just four games all of last season,
rewarded Chris Jones with a victory in his first game as a CFL head coach.
Reilly converted 22-of-35 and was picked off once in the triumph.
Receiver Adarius Bowman finished with nine catches for 105 yards, his highest
reception total since grabbing 10 balls for 226 yards against Saskatchewan on
November 4, 2011.
Kevin Glenn, acquired from the Ottawa RedBlacks during the off-season after
the new CFL club picked him up from Calgary, was roughed up quite a bit as the
new quarterback for British Columbia (0-1) hit on 18-of-28 for 251 yards and
two touchdowns, but was also sacked four times and had four passes picked off.
Andrew Harris was the top target for Glenn, finishing with six catches for 102
yards and a major, adding another 37 yards on 11 rushing attempts.
BC entered the meeting having won five straight regular season matchups with
The Lions opened the day's scoring on the first possession of the contest as
Glenn rolled to his left and found Harris with a short pass, leaving the
receiver to break several tackles and run about 40 yards to the end zone
on the 55-yard scoring play.
Edmonton logged the equalizer later in the frame as Reilly connected with
Calvin McCarty on a nine-yard TD pass play, the latter squeezing his way
inside the cone on the right side of the goal line.
Moments later BC was knocking on the door once again after Glenn combined with
Ernest Jackson on a 38-yard pass play along the left sideline and down to the
five-yard line. Aided by a penalty near the goal line, Glenn lofted a three-
yard floater into the end zone to T-Dre Player to move back out in front at
Back on the attack, the Eskimos moved deep into BC territory early in the
second quarter, but a sack of Reilly forced the visitors to opt for a 14-field
goal by Grant Shaw.
After forcing BC to punt, the Eskimos again turned to Shaw after another drive
stalled, as he knocked through a 42-yard field goal to cut the deficit to just
a single point, 14-13.
With time running down in the first half, the Lions gained possession on their
43-yard line and moved the ball all the way down to the Edmonton nine before
having to settle for a 16-yard Paul McCallum field goal. After that the
Eskimos ran out the clock and went into the break down by four, 17-13.
Neither team made much of an impact in the third quarter, although Edmonton
closed out the period with a 17-yard TD pass from Reilly to Fred Stamps,
giving the visitors a 20-17 edge with 15 minutes to play. The major was set up
by a fake punt.
The visitors opened up the play book with another trick to begin the fourth,
choosing to take a chance with an on-side kick. The effort was successful as
Patrick Watkins secured the ball before falling out of bounds, but the ensuing
drive lasted just two plays before Edmonton was forced to punt away.
The Eskimos did manage to extend their lead later in the period when Reilly
found Bowman with a 35-yard scoring strike. Reilly completed all four of his
pass attempts on the drive.
Needing a field goal and a major to tie, BC called on McCallum to supply the
former with just over three minutes left and he obliged with a 46-yard
conversion, cutting the difference to 27-20.
Glenn had the Lions moving towards a potential tying score with under two
minutes remaining, but on third down he tossed his fourth pick of the evening,
this time to Eric Samuels at the Edmonton 30.
The BC defense held on defense and forced the Eskimos to punt, with the Lions
regaining possession at their own 39-yard line with 27 seconds left on the
clock. Glenn went to Harris with his first pass, but after the receiver caught
the ball he was spun around and fumbled the ball over to Edmonton, sealing the
victory for the visitors.
Glenn, who finished with a total of just seven interceptions with Calgary in
2013, didn't throw more than a pair in any one outing ... McCallum, who
knocked through 28 field goals in 2013, had a long of 47 yards last season ...
Edmonton was last in the league a season ago with just 29 forced turnovers.
06/28 21:39:30 ET
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