Linemen shake off boos

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:58 AM ET

EDMONTON -- For the first times in their CFL careers, Rahim Abdullah and Randy Chevrier were booed at Commonwealth Stadium.

And it felt great for the pair of Calgary Stampeders defensive lineman.

They also teamed up for one of the best plays of Calgary's 16-11 victory last night over the Edmonton Eskimos.

On a play at midfield, Abdullah was in the face of Edmonton Eskimos quarterback Ricky Ray to force a bad pass. Chevrier fought off his block and grabbed the pass with one hand for his first career pick.

"At least I gave them a reason to boo me," Chevrier said.

The backup lineman, who was with Abdullah and the Eskimos for their Grey Cup run of 2003, seemed stunned the ball was in his hands and ran towards the sidelines with it.

"I saw Rahim hit him and he was trying to get rid of it," Chevrier said. "I just kept going up field and I had one hand out. I caught it and rolled it in.

"Me and Ricky used to play a lot of catch when we were in Edmonton and New York together. Maybe he was giving me a gift. It was neat to have that happen. Anytime you can make a big play, it really helps the team."

Abdullah was a nightmare for Eskimos tackle Chris Morris and managed to plant Ray on the turf three different times. He could hear some hecklers who used to be his fans and just loved it.

"Commonwealth Stadium is in the past for me," Abdullah said.

"We won and that's all that matters. We couldn't let them beat us.

"Ricky's a great quarterback and he made some great plays. My hat's off to them because they never gave up.

"Monday they were better than us and today we're better than them. We take a lot of momentum from this. This is one of the finer moments of our season.

"If we dropped to 4-7, we maybe would have been too far behind."

Although Chevrier hadn't been back to Commonwealth since 2003, it still felt a lot like home.

And he picked the best time to have his best game with Calgary.

"I got a little bit nostalgic driving up on the bus yesterday," Chevrier said. "Today was all about the game. I'm a Stampeder now and we needed this win."


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