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Eskimos advance to East Division final

Nov 8, 2008 - 11:29 PM
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Ticker) -- The Edmonton Eskimos braved the elements and posted a historic victory.

A.J. Harris ran for a pair of touchdowns as the Eskimos overcame the cold and wind at Canad Inns Stadium on Saturday to defeat the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 29-21, and become the first West Division club to post a playoff victory as a crossover team since the league adopted the format in 1996.

Ricky Ray completed 27-of-37 passes for 303 yards and Kelly Campbell had five receptions for 111 yards for Edmonton, which will visit the Montreal Alouettes in the East Division final next weekend.

Earning their first postseason berth since capturing the Grey Cup with a triumph over the Alouettes in 2005, the Eskimos fell behind early, 8-0, as Kevin Glenn connected with Romby Bryant for a 78-yard touchdown following a single off a missed field goal by Alexis Serna.

However, Edmonton scored 21 of the next 28 points to carry a six-point lead into the break.

Winnipeg's only score in the second quarter came on a 93-yard punt return by Jason Armstead that set a franchise playoff record. It also tied for the fourth-longest touchdown of its kind in league postseason history.

Fred Perry scored on a 31-yard interception return with 2:19 left in the first half to give Edmonton its 21-15 bulge, and Harris followed a single by Noel Prefontaine in the third quarter with a three-yard TD run for his second score of the game and a 29-15 cushion.

Glenn was 15-of-34 for 233 yards with an interception, Bryant hauled in three passes for 104 yards and Serna kicked a pair of field goals in the fourth quarter for the Blue Bombers, who have not won a championship since 1990.








  • CFL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    EDMONTON 3 18 8 0 29
    WINNIPEG 8 7 0 6 21 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: WIN - SINGLE, ALEXIS SERNA 47 YD OFF A MISSED
    FIELD GOAL 4:27. WINNIPEG 1-0
    WIN - TD, ROMBY BRYANT 78 YD PASS FROM KEVIN
    GLENN (ALEXIS SERNA KICK), 7:50.
    WINNIPEG 8-0
    EDM - FG, NOEL PREFONTAI

    Eskimos 29, Blue Bombers 21  FinalNov 8 5:03 PM


  • CFL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    EDMONTON 3 18 8 0 29
    WINNIPEG 8 7 0 9 24 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: WIN - SINGLE, ALEXIS SERNA 47 YD OFF A MISSED
    FIELD GOAL 4:27. WINNIPEG 1-0
    WIN - TD, ROMBY BRYANT 78 YD PASS FROM KEVIN
    GLENN (ALEXIS SERNA KICK), 7:50.
    WINNIPEG 8-0
    EDM - FG, NOEL PREFONTAI

    Nov 8 4:09 PM


  • CFL
    EDMONTON 29
    WINNIPEG 24 3:05 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Eskimos 29, Blue Bombers 24  4th - 3:05Nov 8 3:49 PM
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    Eskimos 29, Blue Bombers 24  4th - 3:05Nov 8 3:49 PM


  • CFL
    FG WIN
    ALEXIS SERNA 38 YD
    EDMONTON 29
    WINNIPEG 18 6:27 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Eskimos 29, Blue Bombers 18  4th - 6:27Nov 8 3:41 PM


  • CFL
    END, 3RD QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    EDMONTON 3 18 8 29
    WINNIPEG 8 7 0 15 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: WIN - SINGLE, ALEXIS SERNA 47 YD OFF A MISSED
    FIELD GOAL 4:27. WINNIPEG 1-0
    WIN - TD, ROMBY BRYANT 78 YD PASS FROM KEVIN
    GLENN (ALEXIS SERNA KICK), 7:50.
    WINNIPEG 8-0
    EDM - FG, NOEL PR

    Nov 8 3:19 PM


  • CFL
    TD EDM
    A.J. HARRIS 3 YD RUN
    (NOEL PREFONTAINE KICK)
    EDMONTON 29
    WINNIPEG 15 5:27 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Eskimos 29, Blue Bombers 15  3rd - 5:27Nov 8 3:08 PM


  • CFL
    SINGLE EDM
    NOEL PREFONTAINE 53 YD OFF A PUNT
    EDMONTON 22
    WINNIPEG 15 12:29 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Eskimos 22, Blue Bombers 15  3rd - 12:29Nov 8 2:48 PM


  • CFL
    HALFTIME 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    EDMONTON 3 18 21
    WINNIPEG 8 7 15 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: WIN - SINGLE, ALEXIS SERNA 47 YD OFF A MISSED
    FIELD GOAL 4:27. WINNIPEG 1-0
    WIN - TD, ROMBY BRYANT 78 YD PASS FROM KEVIN
    GLENN (ALEXIS SERNA KICK), 7:50.
    WINNIPEG 8-0
    EDM - FG, NOEL PREFON

    Eskimos 21, Blue Bombers 15  HalfNov 8 2:30 PM


  • CFL
    TD EDM
    FRED PERRY 30 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN
    (NOEL PREFONTAINE KICK)
    EDMONTON 20
    WINNIPEG 15 2:19 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Eskimos 20, Blue Bombers 15  2nd - 2:19Nov 8 2:17 PM


  • CFL
    FG EDM
    NOEL PREFONTAINE 28 YD
    EDMONTON 13
    WINNIPEG 15 2:58 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Eskimos 13, Blue Bombers 15  2nd - 2:58Nov 8 2:13 PM


  • CFL
    TD WIN
    JASON ARMSTEAD 93 YD PUNT RETURN
    (ALEXIS SERNA KICK)
    EDMONTON 10
    WINNIPEG 15 6:20 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Eskimos 10, Blue Bombers 15  2nd - 6:20Nov 8 2:05 PM


  • CFL
    TD EDM
    A.J. HARRIS 1 YD RUN
    (NOEL PREFONTAINE KICK)
    EDMONTON 10
    WINNIPEG 8 9:14 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Eskimos 10, Blue Bombers 8  2nd - 9:14Nov 8 1:58 PM


  • CFL
    END, 1ST QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    EDMONTON 3 3
    WINNIPEG 8 8 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: WIN - SINGLE, ALEXIS SERNA 47 YD OFF A MISSED
    FIELD GOAL 4:27. WINNIPEG 1-0
    WIN - TD, ROMBY BRYANT 78 YD PASS FROM KEVIN
    GLENN (ALEXIS SERNA KICK), 7:50.
    WINNIPEG 8-0
    EDM - FG, NOEL PR

    Nov 8 1:44 PM


  • CFL
    FG EDM
    NOEL PREFONTAINE 23 YD
    EDMONTON 3
    WINNIPEG 8 2:47 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Eskimos 3, Blue Bombers 8  1st - 2:47Nov 8 1:36 PM


  • CFL
    TD WIN
    ROMBY BRYANT 78 YD PASS FROM KEVIN GLENN
    (ALEXIS SERNA KICK)
    EDMONTON 0
    WINNIPEG 8 7:10 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Eskimos 0, Blue Bombers 8  1st - 7:10Nov 8 1:28 PM


  • CFL
    SINGLE WIN
    ALEXIS SERNA 47 YD OFF A MISSED FIELD GOAL
    EDMONTON 0
    WINNIPEG 1 10:33 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Eskimos 0, Blue Bombers 1  1st - 10:33Nov 8 1:21 PM