Comeback falls short

CON GRIWKOWSKY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:40 AM ET

Missed it by that much.

Just when it looked like the Calgary Stampeders had mounted a dramatic comeback, they let the Edmonton Eskimos right back into the game.

Calgary had to dig itself out of a huge hole. Down 21-7 at the half and 25-17 at three-quarter time, the Stamps clawed back to take their first lead of the game with 1;38 left when Nik Lewis caught a 20-yard TD pass from Henry Burris.

It took the Eskimos just four plays and 43 seconds to regain the lead when Jason Tucker caught a 36-yard TD pass with 55 seconds left to deny the Stamps a chance at their first 2-0 start since the 2000 season. The Stamps lost more than the game, when defensive end Julian Jenkins broke his leg when he was rolled over from behind early in the fourth quarter.

"Our first half of football wasn't very good on either side," said Stamps head man John Hufnagel. "Offensively, I was very disappointed we weren't ablet to stay on the field and the reason we weren't able to is because of ourselves. We stabbed ourselves with the penalties. Their offence had a lot of production in the first half."

Calgary had left themselves in a deep hole, but scored a TD one the opening drive of the second half.

"We made a game of it," said Hufnagel. "But again, the good teams make the plays at the end to win the game."

It took a sensational catch by Tucker to seal the deal.

"I just took my read, saw Nik down the seam and pretty much let it go," said Burris, who did all he could to to pull the game out for the Stamps.

"We just came out there and moved the ball. We didn't have the crazy penalties we did in the first half. It was one thing after another that was hindering our (first-half) peformance. We got away with it last week, but we didn't this week.

"We can't have those turnovers and those penalties.

"You always believe in your players. This game is not going to put ourselves in a position where we're going to doubt ourselves ... heck, no.

"It's always great to learn from these situations. We didn't play our best game. Edmonton did their thing and they won."


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