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Calgary ices Eskimos for fifth straight win

Sep 7, 2014 - 3:15 AM Edmonton, AB ( - Bo Levi Mitchell threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more as he helped the Calgary Stampeders hold on for the 41-34 victory over the Edmonton Eskimos at Commonwealth Stadium.

Also finding his way into the end zone for the Stampeders (9-1), the team with the top record in the CFL, was Jon Cornish who ran for 109 yards on 17 carries. Mitchell, who converted 14-of-24 passing for 216 yards, now owns the greatest start for a quarterback in CFL history, winning 12 of his first 13 contests.

Matt Nichols was in charge of the Edmonton (7-3) offense as he connected on 25-of-43 for 333 yards and three touchdowns, adding another major on the ground, but still the Eskimos lost for the second time in a span of just five days versus Calgary.

Calgary scored the only points of the first quarter, courtesy of a 41-yard field goal by Rene Paredes.

A.J. Guyton scored his third TD of the season, a 26-yard effort, after crossing over the middle, reeling in a Nichols pass and stretching for the end zone to make the score 7-3 in favor of the home team.

The Stamps countered minutes later when Mitchell found a wide open Simon Charbonneau-Campeau over the middle with a 30-yard TD strike, followed by a one-yard scoring run by Cornish, making the score 17-7.

Taking advantage of a short field, Edmonton was able to add a 25-yard Hugh O'Neill field goal as time expired in the first half, leaving the hosts with a seven-point deficit at the break.

After a fumble recovery deep on the Edmonton end, Mitchell immediately found Marquay McDaniel in the left corner of the end zone, the receiver juggling the ball before securing the score to give Calgary the 24-10 advantage. McDaniel finished the meeting with four catches for 124 yards.

Mitchell then orchestrated a lengthy 90-yard drive that he finished off himself when he took off running from the 20-yard line and reached the ball inside the pylon on the right side of the goal line to give the visitors a three-touchdown advantage.

On their next possession, the Esks turned to backup quarterback Pat White for a spark, but after a few positive running plays by the signal caller, Edmonton brought Nichols back in and subsequently punted the ball away.

The hosts were able to cut into their deficit in the fourth quarter, thanks to a 20-yard chip shot by O'Neill, but it still made very little difference as Calgary countered with a 35-yard field goal by Paredes only moments later.

It wasn't until there were barely six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter that an Edmonton quarterback was finally able to complete a second-half pass as Nichols found Guyton along the left sideline for a pass-and-catch for 39 yards.

Having completed the longest pass of the game for the Esks, Nichols then hit Adarius Bowman over the middle with a 21-yard TD strike, making the score 34-20 with 4:35 remaining in regulation. Bowman was responsible for eight receptions, leading to 124 yards.

Refusing to go away quietly, on the next Edmonton possession Nichols tossed a prayer into double coverage down by the goal line and it was answered by Fred Stamps. Nichols then did the honors himself on the next play with a two-yard TD run. With the PAT, the Esks found themselves down by just seven points with 2:34 left.

Unfortunately for the Eskimos, the excitement was short-lived as Mitchell scrambled and found McDaniel for a long pass and then two plays later Cornish burst up the middle for his only major of the night.

Then again, on their next possession the Esks moved the ball right back down the field and this time Nichols threw into heavy coverage down the left side and found Nate Coehoorn for a 24-yard TD with 21 seconds on the clock.

Calgary, which was flagged twice for a mere 15 yards on the night, put the Eskimos out of their misery when Charbonneau-Campeau secured the onside kick attempt, allowing the Stamps to kneel down and run out the clock for the seven-point victory.