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Eskimos score 17 unanswered points, rally past Roughriders

Aug 29, 2010 - 2:28 AM EDMONTON (CP) - Edmonton scored 17 unanswered points, including two late field goals from Noel Prefontaine, as the Eskimos beat the Saskatchewan Roughriders 17-14 on Saturday night for their second win of the season.

With Saskatchewan leading 14-11 with four minutes left in the fourth quarter, T.J Hill picked off Roughriders quarterback Darian Durant at midfield, leading to a huge 52-yard field goal by Prefontaine to even the score.

Edmonton got the ball back and Prefontaine nailed a 37-yarder with just 37 seconds remaining to give the Eskimos a much-needed victory in front of a crowd of 47,829 at Commonwealth Stadium.

Edmonton (2-6) snapped a two-game losing skid to move into sole possession of the third in CFL's West Division.

Saskatchewan remains comfortably in second at 5-3.

The Roughriders started the game with a workmanlike drive but were stopped short of scoring when Durant was intercepted by Eskimos linebacker Maurice Lloyd on the Edmonton 29.

But an interception going the other way six minutes into the game would provide the game's first points. Edmonton QB Ricky Ray was cleanly picked off by James Patrick and he took it back 35 yards for a 7-0 Riders lead.

The Roughriders made it 14-0 with late in the first quarter as Wes Cates scored his league-leading ninth touchdown of the season, running 10 yards untouched.

Edmonton got a big play early in the second as Corbin Sharun blocked a punt and Jason Barnes picked it up and ran it 31 yards to the Saskatchewan eight. Jared Zabransky came in at quarterback and delivered a shovel a pass to Arkee Whitlock on the next play to make it 14-7.

Zabransky stayed in the game but was intercepted in the end zone by Patrick, his second of the game.

Edmonton got the ball right back, however, as Kai Ellis rocked Durant and Dario Romero scooped it up and took it to the Saskatchewan seven. But once again, Edmonton wasted a glorious chance, blowing a third down gamble with just 39 seconds left, turning the ball over again to keep the 'Riders in the lead at the half.

The Eskimos offence got another great chance to start the third as a ball bounced off of 'Riders receiver Prechae Rodriguez and into the hands of Jason Goss at midfield. But Edmonton gave it right back as Zabransky was intercepted by Patrick - his third of the night - at the Saskatchewan 26.

Edmonton got back into scoring position late in the third after a 40-yard pass to Andre Talbot but once again couldn't convert, this time at least getting a Prefontaine field goal to cut the lead to 14-10.

Edmonton added a punt single to start the fourth.

The 'Riders return to the field Sept. 5 when they host Winnipeg. Edmonton visits Calgary for the Labour Day Classic on Sept 6.

Notes: Despite suffering a rib/sternum injury against the Stampeders on Aug. 15th, Ray got the start against the Roughriders, but was replaced in the second quarter. He would return late in the fourth. ... Omarr Morgan started at corner for the 'Riders after missing a pair of practices earlier in the week with a stomach virus. ... In their first seven games this season the Eskimos passed for seven touchdowns, threw seven interceptions, intercepted seven passes and lost seven fumbles. ... The Roughriders came into the game winners of seven of the last 10 against Edmonton but with a 6-25 record in Commonwealth Stadium since 1989. ... DB Lance Frazier was playing in his 50th CFL game, all with the 'Riders. ... Edmonton came into the contest having been outscored 51-14 in first quarters and 98-24 in the fourth. ... Thirty-year veteran referee and Edmonton native Bud Steen worked his 500th CFL game.








  • CFL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    SASKATCHEWAN 14 0 0 0 14
    EDMONTON 0 7 3 7 17 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: SAS - TD, JAMES PATRICK 35 YD INTERCEPTION
    RETURN (LUCA CONGI KICK), 5:41. SASKATCHEWAN 7-0
    SAS - TD, WES CATES 10 YD RUN (LUCA CONGI KICK),
    13:05. SASKATCHEWAN 14-0
    2ND QUARTER: EDM - TD, ARK

    Aug 28 9:55 PM


  • CFL
    FG EDM
    NOEL PREFONTAINE 37 YD
    SASKATCHEWAN 14
    EDMONTON 17 0:41 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Roughriders 14, Eskimos 17  4th - 0:41Aug 28 9:55 PM
  • 141
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    RUWTbot Added 10 roots (Close Finish)

    Roughriders 14, Eskimos 17  4th - 0:41Aug 28 9:55 PM


  • CFL
    FG EDM
    NOEL PREFONTAINE 52 YD
    SASKATCHEWAN 14
    EDMONTON 14 3:27 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Roughriders 14, Eskimos 14  4th - 3:27Aug 28 9:40 PM
  • 131
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    RUWTbot Added 131 roots (Close Finish)

    Roughriders 14, Eskimos 14  4th - 3:27Aug 28 9:40 PM


  • CFL
    SINGLE EDM
    NOEL PREFONTAINE 64 YD OFF A PUNT
    SASKATCHEWAN 14
    EDMONTON 11 13:10 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Roughriders 14, Eskimos 11  4th - 13:10Aug 28 9:25 PM


  • CFL
    END, 3RD QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    SASKATCHEWAN 14 0 0 14
    EDMONTON 0 7 3 10 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: SAS - TD, JAMES PATRICK 35 YD INTERCEPTION
    RETURN (LUCA CONGI KICK), 5:41. SASKATCHEWAN 7-0
    SAS - TD, WES CATES 10 YD RUN (LUCA CONGI KICK),
    13:05. SASKATCHEWAN 14-0
    2ND QUARTER: EDM -

    Aug 28 9:15 PM


  • CFL
    FG EDM
    NOEL PREFONTAINE 14 YD
    SASKATCHEWAN 14
    EDMONTON 10 0:47 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Roughriders 14, Eskimos 10  3rd - 0:47Aug 28 9:10 PM


  • CFL
    HALFTIME 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    SASKATCHEWAN 14 0 14
    EDMONTON 0 7 7 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: SAS - TD, JAMES PATRICK 35 YD INTERCEPTION
    RETURN (LUCA CONGI KICK), 5:41. SASKATCHEWAN 7-0
    SAS - TD, WES CATES 10 YD RUN (LUCA CONGI KICK),
    13:05. SASKATCHEWAN 14-0
    2ND QUARTER: EDM - TD,

    Aug 28 8:45 PM


  • CFL
    TD EDM
    ARKEE WHITLOCK 8 YD PASS FROM JARED ZABRANSKY
    (NOEL PREFONTAINE KICK)
    SASKATCHEWAN 14
    EDMONTON 7 11:40 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Roughriders 14, Eskimos 7  2nd - 11:40Aug 28 8:00 PM


  • CFL
    END, 1ST QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    SASKATCHEWAN 14 14
    EDMONTON 0 0 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: SAS - TD, JAMES PATRICK 35 YD INTERCEPTION
    RETURN (LUCA CONGI KICK), 5:41. SASKATCHEWAN 7-0
    SAS - TD, WES CATES 10 YD RUN (LUCA CONGI KICK),
    13:05. SASKATCHEWAN 14-0

    Aug 28 7:50 PM


  • CFL
    TD SAS
    WES CATES 10 YD RUN
    (LUCA CONGI KICK)
    SASKATCHEWAN 14
    EDMONTON 0 1:34 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Roughriders 14, Eskimos 0  1st - 1:34Aug 28 7:45 PM


  • CFL
    TD SAS
    JAMES PATRICK 35 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN
    (LUCA CONGI KICK)
    SASKATCHEWAN 7
    EDMONTON 0 8:59 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Roughriders 7, Eskimos 0  1st - 8:59Aug 28 7:30 PM