|Posted by Mac App on July 29, 2012 at 5:45 PM|
Edmonton 22 vs. Winnipeg 23
After starting the season on the road for their first four games, the Blue Bombers returned home still searching for their first win of the season. Last week QB Alex Brink (294 yards 1 TD 2 INTs) completed just 9 passes and started out poorly again by throwing an interception early and on the ensuing Eskimos drive QB Steven Jyles (244 yards 2 TDs) found receiver Cary Koch (2 rec. 38 yards 1 TD) for the touchdown. Both teams exchanged field goals but with seven seconds before the half, Brink aired out a hail mary and found receiver Chris Matthews (3 rec. 52 yards 1 TD) for the 40 yard touchdown cutting Edmonton’s lead to 14-11. After being called out by some national media members for his underachieving ways, Edmonton receiver Fred Stamps (4 rec. 91 yards 1 TD) opened the third quarter with a 47 yard touchdown, his first in seven games. Edmonton again looked to continue their momentum in the second half by blocking a punt but it was picked up by Winnipeg and ran for the first down keeping the drive alive. A few plays later RB Chad Simpson (14-73 yards 1 TD) punched it in cutting the lead to three points. After a safety and field goal put the Blue Bombers up by one point the Eskimos marched down to the Winnipeg 41 yard line with under a minute to go. However, Jyles scrambled after no one was opened and as he was being tackled fumbled for the second time and Winnipeg recovered, securing their first win of the season. This was the first time this season the Eskimos had given up over 20 points.
Toronto 23 vs. Montreal 20
Making his first return to Montreal, Argos Head Coach Scott Milanovich was able to hang on for the victory. Receiver Chad Owens (7 rec. 97 yards 2 TDs – 180 return yards) had another great game making two fantastic catches in the first half for touchdowns. Montreal answered back with a touchdown of their own when QB Anthony Calvillo (317 yards 1 TD 1 INT) found receiver Brandon London (5 rec. 102 yards 1 TD) helping the Alouettes close the score to 20-13 at the half. Montreal looked to have a breakthrough but Calvillo overthrew a wide open S.J. Green (5 rec. 71 yards) which summed up the Alouettes offence for the night. RB Brandon Whitaker (15-82 yards) along with Calvillo both turned the ball over. QB Ricky Ray (280 yards 2 TDs) had an efficient game when all was considered. The teams combined for seven field goals and 175 penalty yards as both offences sputtered. Montreal had a chance to tie the game and force overtime but Sean Whyte’s (4/5 FG 1/1 XP) 54 yard attempt came up short. The Als defence had allowed at least 30 points in their first four games and came out with a better showing.
Hamilton 35 vs. Saskatchewan 34
Like last week the Tiger Cats came on in the fourth quarter to secure the win and their third straight overall. RB Kory Sheets (10-45 yards 1 TD) opened the scoring for the Roughriders extended his streak to five straight games with a rushing touchdown and sixth overall. Following the touchdown both teams converted two field goals – Hamilton also a single – making the score 13-7 heading into the break. The Tiger Cats tied the game at 14 off of a 21 yard touchdown by receiver Chris Williams (9 rec. 101 yards 1 TD). But not even a minute later QB Darian Durant (380 yards 2 TDs 1 INT) connected with receiver Taj Smith (1 rec. 74 yards 1 TD) for his first CFL catch and touchdown putting the Roughriders back up by seven. Following that, Saskatchewan went up 33-14 at the start of the fourth quarter. On their first possession in the fourth though things started to turn as Durant fumbled and the ball was recovered by Hamilton. Then QB Henry Burris (356 yards 4 TDs) went to work first finding receiver Onrea Jones (7 rec. 65 yards 2 TDs) making it a twelve point game. Three minutes later Burris connected with receiver Dave Stala 2 rec. 26 yards 1 TD) to pull within five. Hamilton forced a punt and six minutes following their second touchdown on third and goal, Burris found Jones for his second touchdown of the quarter. The Tiger Cats scored 21 unanswered points for the come from behind win. Receiver Andy Fantuz made his return back to Saskatchewan as an opposing player for the first time and Hamilton won for the first time in Regina in 12 games. The Roughriders had now lost two straight after starting 3-0.
B.C. 34 vs. Calgary 8
The Stampeders came in as the highest scoring team in the league while the Lions were coming off two straight losses where their offence was well out of sync. Both teams were out of sync as penalties and sloppiness dominated the first half. However, B.C. broke free in a four minute span to end the second quarter with a field goal and a touchdown from receiver Akeem Foster (5 rec. 72 yards 1 TD) to go up 13-5. With Calgary trailing 16-8 and facing third down, they attempted a fake punt but the Lions snuffed it out and forced the turnover on downs. A few plays later QB Travis Lulay (315 yards 3 TDs – 6-41 rushing yards) feathered a pass to RB Andrew Harris (9-55 yards – 5 rec. 37 yards 2 TDs) after being flushed out of the pocket to put the Lions up 23-8. At the conclusion of the third quarter and the second Lion in as many weeks, LB Anthony Reddick had a dirty hit on QB Kevin Glenn (245 yards 1 INT) who was coming off two strong previous weeks, though he did stay in the game. The first play of the fourth quarter Glenn hit receiver Johnny Forzani (5 rec. 53 yards) for a 36 yard gain deep into Lions territory. However, as he was being tackled the Lions forced a fumble. Nine plays and 97 yards later Lulay connected with Harris for his second touchdown of the game.
For the first time this season, Mac D won the week with strong performances from Lulay (26.7), Burris (33.24) and Harris (21.2). In second was Galfur thanks to Burris, Harris and Paul McCallum (18). Rounding out the top-three for the week was JDIN827 who had great showings by Lulay, Durant (21.4) and Harris.
Overall, Galfur fell one spot to second overall for the first time this year. Mac D moved up one spot to take over first while $curd$ remained in third.
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