CFL Game Summary - Toronto at Edmonton
(Saturday, August 23)
Final Score: Edmonton 41, Toronto 27
Edmonton, AB (SportsNetwork.com) - Dexter McCoil picked off two passes and
returned one for a key late touchdown, as the Edmonton Eskimos reeled off 31
straight points in the first half and then held on in the second half to take
down the Toronto Argonauts, 41-27, on Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium.
Matt Nichols ended up 15-of-28 with a TD and two interceptions for the Eskimos
(7-1), the West Division leaders who have taken three in a row since losing to
Calgary in late July. Edmonton last opened a season winning seven of eight
back in 1989.
Starter Mike Reilly exited on the club's first possession with a right thumb
Kendial Lawrence and Pat White added rushing scores, while Adarius Bowman
totaled 87 yards on eight receptions.
Ricky Ray finished with 277 yards passing and three interceptions, but threw
scores to Jason Barnes and Chad Owens for the Argonauts (3-6), who have lost
two in a row but still lead the East Division.
Owens made his return after missing five weeks with a mid-foot injury and
posted seven catches for 92 yards, but left midway through the third quarter
with a leg injury.
Lawrence busted free for a 61-yard rushing score before the end of the opening
quarter which evened the score at 7-7, Nichols found A.J. Guyton for a 48-yard
catch-and-run TD early in the second, Grant Shaw was good from 49 yards away,
then an Odell Willis tip and pick of a Ray pass wound up as a lateral to
McCoil for a 24-7 game.
The Esks assumed a 31-7 edge on White's five-yard rumble to paydirt, but
Swayze Waters' boot from 36 yards on the final play of the half cut the
visitors' deficit to 21.
Waters hit two field goals to open the third, from 22 and 42 yards away, then
Owens successfully reached for the near pylon at the left sideline and brought
Toronto within 31-23 on an 11-yard score.
After a single and 26-yard make from Shaw, Waters was good from 45 yards away
with 1:44 on the clock and the Argos were within 34-27.
McCoil, however, killed Toronto's next drive by intercepting Ray a final time
and rolling 19 yards for the deciding touchdown with 12 seconds to play.
Ray's 17-yard connection to Barnes put the Argos on top early in the contest,
but Edmonton stole the momentum completely from there.
Ray, who starred in Edmonton, should hit the 50,000-yard plateau in Toronto's
next game, at Hamilton on Sept. 1. At that time, he'll become the sixth
quarterback in CFL history to reach the milestone ... Teams from the West
improved to 21-3 over clubs from the weaker East this season.
08/23 20:17:21 ET
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