Ricky Ray completed 23 of 27 passes for 363 yards, three touchdowns and an interception as the Edmonton Eskimos ensued in their recent hot streak with a 33-19 win over the previously unbeaten Montreal Alouettes Thursday at Commonwealth Stadium.
The Eskimos, who were left for dead when they trailed Saskatchewan, 22-0 after the first quarter last Saturday, managed to pull out a tight win against the Roughriders and remained solid as they rolled up 425 yards against what has been a stingy Montreal defense this season.
Despite their defensive struggles, though, the Alouettes managed to pull within 26-19 in the fourth quarter on a 31-yard Damon Duval field goal.
However, Edmonton eschewed a conservative game plan on their next possession and put the game on ice when Ray hit Fred Stamps (4 receptions, 109 yards, 2 TD’s) on a 48-yard strike.
Still, the loss had some bright spots for the Alouettes, as ex-Utah State star Anthony Calvillo surpassed the 60,000-yard mark in the first quarter.
Calvillo became only the second quarterback in CFL history to exceed 60,000 passing yards when he found Kerry Watkins for a 12-yard hookup and in so doing has joined some elite company.
The only other quarterbacks in professional North American history to surpass 60,000 yards are Damon Allen , the all-time CFL passing leader with 72,381 yards, Warren Moon, who in the NFL and CFL, passed for 70,533 yards, Brett Favre and Dan Marino.
The Alouettes fell to 4-1 with the loss, while Edmonton improved to 3-2.