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Eskimos take down Tiger-Cats

Sep 17, 2011 - 3:28 AM Hamilton, ON (Sports Network) - Jerome Messam ran for 140 yards and two touchdowns, leading Edmonton over Hamilton, 38-23.

Ricky Ray passed for 226 yards and a touchdown on 25-of-32 throws, finding Fred Stamps 14 times for 130 yards to give the Eskimos (7-4) just their second win in their past six games.

Kevin Glenn was benched in the fourth quarter after throwing for 140 yards with an interception for the Tiger-Cats (5-6), who were coming off a 43-13 loss at Montreal.

"It's tough to pull a quarterback at that time of the game. You just want to try to change something," Hamilton head coach Marcel Bellefeuille said.

After trading field goals early on, Edmonton went ahead on Messam's 26-yard scamper late in the first quarter.

Ray connected with Calvin McCarty on a seven-yard TD early in the second, and his backup, Kerry Joseph, punched it in from a yard out for a 24-3 cushion a little later.

A single padded the lead before Justin Medlock booted a 33-yard field goal with a minute left before halftime.

Chris Williams' 93-yard return on the second-half kickoff gave the Ti-cats life, but after the teams exchanged field goals again, Messam put the game away with a six-yard TD run early in the fourth.

"[Our offensive line] opened up holes that anyone could have run through," Messam said humbly.

Derek Schiavone's third field goal, this one from 26 yards out, made it 38-16 before Hamilton's Avon Cobourne capped the scoring with a five-yard TD run.

Game Notes

Quinton Porter connected on 8-of-12 passes for 90 yards in relief of Glenn...McCarty added 61 yards on five carries in the win...Edmonton hosts Montreal next week, while Hamilton battles Calgary.