'A shellacking'

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON

, Last Updated: 10:27 AM ET

REGINA -- There is definitely some anger within the Edmonton Eskimos' camp.

After being hammered by the Saskatchewan Roughriders 55-9 last night, there were signs of major frustration throughout the Edmonton locker-room beneath Mosaic Stadium.

Offensive lineman Dan Comiskey had a look to kill while sitting still in his locker stall about 15 minutes after the final gun.

Receiver Maurice Mann - usually very calm and collected - appeared to snap for some unknown reason, kicking at something in pure disgust.

And offensive co-ordinator Rick Worman - who politely handled an interview request - issued words that easily summed up an awful night for the Eskimos.

"We killed ourselves - bottom line," said Worman. "Fumbles, turnovers, interceptions. It was a shellacking.

"The cure is to take ownership of what we are doing and realize how important the ball is."

DEFENDING THE DEFENCE:

Edmonton defensive co-ordinator Rick Campbell jumped to the defence of his unit last night.

While the defence gave up five touchdowns during the game, Campbell found some positives.

"I was very proud of the way they played in the first half," he said. "In the second half it got away from us. But I thought we did some good things in the first half as far as getting a couple of interceptions."

The Esks' defence gave up 17 first-half points.

QUICK HIT: KAMAU PETERSON HAS PUT TOGETHER THE BEST SEASON OF HIS CAREER, BUT HAD THREE CLEAR DROPS LAST NIGHT.

The Edmonton receiver took full ownership last night for the drops, including one that came early in the game near the Riders' five-yard line.

"That is tough to swallow," said Peterson. "I had hurt us tonight. I had a chance to help our cause and I wasn't able to.

"I had more drops today than I had all year. There is nothing I can do to change it but by the same token it is not something that is going to sit well with me. Needless to say I'll be working hard to fix it."

FINISH LINES: WHILE SOME CRITICS ARE SUGGESTING THE ESKIMOS WERE DOMINATED PHYSICALLY LAST NIGHT, OFFENSIVE TACKLE CALVIN ARMSTRONG DIDN'T BELIEVE THAT HAPPENED ON THE O-LINE.

"We screwed up a couple of assignments," said Armstrong. "One of the sacks I made a mental mistake and blocked the wrong guy.

"The first half we didn't play spectacular as a group but we picked up in the second half."

EXTRA POINTS: IN HIS FIRST GAME BACK AFTER MISSING 11 WITH A BROKEN LEG, RIDER RECEIVER ANDY FANTUZ LED SASKATCHEWAN WITH FOUR CATCHES.

The stellar slotback beat Jason Goss for a six-yard touchdown in the second half.

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GOAT HORNS

Edmonton Offence

Had no answer for Rider defensive co-ordinator Richie Hall, who destroyed the Esks' offence in the first half. Multiple looks by the defence left Ricky Ray exposed and with no weapons to use.

BIG HIT

Maurice Lloyd, SK LB

With a free run at Ricky Ray just four minutes into the game, Lloyd's helmet connects with Ray's chin - forcing a fumble for a touchdown and leaving Ray face-first on the field. The hit likely deserved a flag for helmet-to-helmet contact, but it set the tone for the night.

BIG HURT

Jim Davis, EDM DT

Returning to the roster last night after being benched for a week, Davis injured an ankle in the first half and needed the medical wagon to get to the dressing room. Assuming he can't play Friday against Montreal, Brandon Guillory might get out of the dog house for another chance.

BIG PLAY

Eddie Davis, SK DB

With Edmonton hoping for some sort of momentum at the end of the first half, Ray throws an interception to Davis at the Riders' 10-yard line with 21 seconds left. The Riders took a 33-6 lead to the locker-room.

BIG MEETING

The Eskimos held a players-only meeting at midfield before the start of the second half with Dan Comiskey doing the talking. It didn't seem to spur the troops because the Esks proceeded to give up 15 straight points to open the third quarter.

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BY THE NUMBERS

12

Ricky Ray's 12th fumble of the year allowed Kitwana Jones to score a touchdown on a 54-yard fumble return just four minutes into the first quarter.

3

Edmonton had three first-quarter fumbles: Ray (2) and Calvin McCarty.

3

Kamau Peterson had three dropped passes in the first three quarters last night.

53

Edmonton gave up 53 points over the course of three quarters - the final quarter of the B.C. game on Oct. 17 and the first half in Regina last night.

26

Edmonton defensive back Jordan Younger - No. 26 - left the game in the first half with an ankle injury. Younger missed a practice last week with an undisclosed injury.

1

Saskatchewan quarterback Steven Jyles had the starting job for just one game. Rider head coach Ken Miller has already announced that Michael Bishop will start next week against Toronto. Jyles threw two first-half interceptions before being pulled last night.

7

The Riders had seven touchdowns. The Eskimos had zero.


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