Stamps edge Eskimos
CALGARY—After throwing a costly interception in the fourth quarter, quarterback Kevin Glenn received some helpful words of encouragement from his teammates.
Glenn returned to the field and led his Stampeders on a five-play, 51-yard drive that culminated in his game-winning touchdown pass to Larry Taylor as Calgary held on for a wild 31-30 win over the Edmonton Eskimos in the annual Labour Day clash between the rivals.
“He was wide open and all I had to do was give him the ball.”
The Stampeders (5-4) offence scored the winning TD with 63 seconds left to edge out Edmonton (5-4).
“You could see it in the guy’s eyes after that pick when they came to the sidelines that they still had faith,” Glenn noted.
“They still had faith to say, ‘Hey, we’re going to win this game,’ and that’s big,” he stressed,
“That’s big when you get in a situation like that and still know that guys have got your back.”
Calgary defensive back Tad Kornegay knew that Glenn had it in him to redeem himself after Edmonton’s Joe Burnett picked off the errant pass and ran it back 34 yards for a touchdown to put the Eskimos up 30-25.
“When Kevin went out for that last drive when we were down, I told Kevin, ‘Be the hero. This is what we do it for.
“You made the mistake. You threw a pick. Who cares? We got the ball back. Be a hero.’
“And that’s what he did,” Kornegay added.
Rookies Bo Levi Mitchell and Matt Walter had rushing touchdowns for the Stampeders, who had lost their previous two home games.
Glenn also threw a touchdown pass to Jon Cornish, Rene Paredes kicked a field goal, and Rob Maver booted a single.
Filling in for injured starter Steven Jyles, Kerry Joseph plunged into the end zone for a one-yard score at 8:07 of the final quarter.
Burnett’s touchdown then gave the Eskimos a short-lived lead.
Joseph also tossed touchdown passes to Fred Stamps and Hugh Charles in the second quarter while Grant Shaw kicked three singles.
On the last play of the game, Shaw tried a 48-yard field goal into the wind, but the ball sailed wide to the left and Taylor ran it out of the end zone as time expired.
The same two teams won’t have much time to rest as a rematch is set for Friday at Edmonton’s Commonwealth Stadium.
“I love it,” Kornegay said. “We’ll both be sore still, tired . . . angry.
“It’ll be another good game.”
In other CFL action yesterday, Toronto beat Hamilton 33-30.
Saskatchewan routed Winnipeg 52-0 on Sunday.