Resilient Esks Down Roughriders

Brad JamesCorrespondent IJuly 25, 2009

Calvin McCarty ran for 76 yards and a pair of touchdowns while Tristan Jackson returned a punt 74 yards for a score to lead the Edmonton Eskimos to a 38-33 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders Saturday at Mosaic Stadium in CFL action.

The Roughriders earned a 22-0 lead early in the second quarter as QB Darian Durant (20 of 36, 238 yards, TD) made several big plays, including a scoring toss to Wes Cates.

Additionally, Saskatchewan’s Lance Frazier returned a Ricky Ray (23 of 32, 247 yards, INT) 69 yards for a score to open up the big advantage.

However, on a day when Saskatchewan’s 1989 Grey Cup winning team was honored, which included Eskimos coach, Richie Hall, Edmonton turned the tide.

Behind Ray’s prodigious passing and McCarty’s big plays in the running game, the Eskimos actually took a 30-25 lead late in the third quarter.

Nevertheless, the Roughriders responded with a short scoring run by Chris Szarka while conceding a safety to Edmonton to make it a 33-32 lead midway through the fourth quarter.

Arkee Whitlock responded with a 13-yard touchdown run for the Eskimos while Saskatchewan turned the ball over on downs on a crucial drive late in the game when sure-handed Weston Dressler uncharacteristically dropped a pass on 3rd down.

The win improved Edmonton to 2-2 on the season while Saskatchewan slumped to 2-2, in their second consecutive loss.