Edmonton Eskimos pooped on the Party on the Pacific yesterday when they beat the host B.C. Lions 28-23 in the Scotiabank West Championship.
Eskimos will play for the 93rd Grey Cup on Sunday at B.C. Place Stadium against the Montreal Alouettes, who beat the Toronto Argonauts in the East championship.
Lions began the season 11-0 but finished with seven losses in their last eight games, including yesterday.
"We started good and then things just for some reason, when it was most critical, we couldn't finish," said Lions' head coach Wally Buono.
The game was tied 21-21 when Edmonton's Jason Maas replaced Ricky Ray as quarterback after Steven Marsh intercepted a Dave Dickenson pass on the Lions' 47-yard line. Five plays later, Maas found Trevor Gaylor in the end zone with a touchdown pass from the 15. Sean Fleming added the convert with 5:26 to go in the game.
Casey Printers hit Paris Jackson with a 47-yard pass at the Edmonton 18 with 2:49 to go, but Eskimo Keyuo Crever eventually snuffed the drive when he intercepted a Printers pass at the four with two minutes left. Lions pulled to within five points when Derrell Mitchell conceded a safety.
"I love this organization," said a tearful Printers. "I poured my heart out for this team, I did everything I could."
Lions were trailing 20-3 in the second quarter when Barron Miles intercepted Ray's pass at the Edmonton 43-yard line. Dickenson completed the drive with 32 seconds left in the half on a one-yard touchdown run.
Lions took the momentum into the second half, as Geroy Simon scored a 90-yard touchdown pass from Dickenson at 9:48. B.C. trailed 21-17 on Mark McLoughlin's convert. McLoughlin brought B.C. to within a point after Frank Ferrara recoverd a Ray fumble at the Edmonton 35.