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Eskimos snap skid with win over Ti-Cats

Oct 6, 2012 - 7:10 AM Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Kerry Joseph threw for 359 yards and three touchdowns on 24-of-39 passing to lead the Edmonton Eskimos to a 35-20 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Friday.

Fred Stamps caught nine passes for 204 yards and a touchdown and Matt Carter had 50 receiving yards and caught a touchdown pass for the Eskimos (6-8), who put the brakes on a five-game skid.

"It could have been one of the last straws keeping us out of the playoffs if we lost," said Edmonton running back Hugh Charles. "The big guys really stepped it up tonight."

Henry Burris completed 20-of-35 passes for 274 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions for the Tiger-Cats (5-9), who are 1-6 on the road this year. Andrew Fantuz had four catches for 63 yards and a touchdown in the setback.

"We have to be more consistent in our game," said Burris. "We can't have all those turnovers. I can't make all those turnovers or we're going to keep losing. That's the bottom line."

Edmonton entered the fourth quarter trailing 20-17, but scored the final 18 points of the game.

Joseph found Carter for a 7-yard touchdown score on the Eskimos' first touch of the fourth. Grant Shaw added a 17-yard field goal to put Edmonton up 27-20.

Stamps' 48-yard catch-and-run put the Eskimos in the drivers' seat with a 34-20 lead and Shaw added a 53-yard single to cap the scoring.

Edmonton took an early 3-0 lead after Shaw booted a 49-yard field goal. Lang intercepted Burris' pass but the Eskimo's lost two yards in two plays and settled for the long field goal.

Hamilton tied the game at 3-3 when Luca Congi split the uprights from 10 yards out, capping a nine-play, 77-yard march that took just over four minutes off the clock.

The Tiger-Cats then forced a two-and-out before going 45 yards in eight plays to set up a 39-yard Congi field goal to give Hamilton a 6-3 lead.

The Eskimos went up 10-6 on their next possession when Joseph connected with Marcus Henry for a 6-yard touchdown pass.

Burris found Bakari Grant for a 7-yard touchdown on the opening drive of the third quarter to put Hamilton up 13-10.

But Charles broke off back-to-back 15-yard runs, the latter resulting in a touchdown, to put the Eskimos back on top 17-13.

Burris connected with Fantuz for a 15-yard touchdown pass to put the Tiger- Cats on top 20-17, but had no answers defensively in the final quarter and the Eskimos rolled to victory.

Game Notes

Edmonton's Chris Thompson had two interceptions and has five for the season ... The Eskimos are 4-3 at home this season ... Burris set a Hamilton single- season record with 34 touchdowns. He needs 10 to tie Doug Flutie for the CFL record ... Hamilton defensive tackle Eddie Steele left in the second quarter with a right leg injury and did not return.