Cote collecting TDs, Lewis still shut out

IAN BUSBY

, Last Updated: 12:03 PM ET

Rob Cote has quite the batting average this season.

Nik Lewis is still 0-fer.

Early in Friday's 30-7 victory over the Edmonton Eskimos, Cote caught a six-yard touchdown. It was the Calgary Stampeders fullback's second catch in two games, and it came on only his third this season.

Lewis had another nice night, catching five passes for 65 yards, but once again, he didn't score.

He needs 79 in the final two games to hit 1,000 for the season, which would be the sixth straight time he's done that.

But if he doesn't get a major this season, he would set the record for most receiving yards without a TD in CFL history.

"He will get one," said Stamps quarterback Henry Burris. "I tell him to quit getting tackled inside the five(-yard line). Just get in the endzone. He catches too many balls and makes too many plays to not do it.

"He might end up with one, but it will be an important one."

Cote only made one reception, but he stepped in admirably for Teyo Johnson the past game-and-a-half. Johnson may return from an ankle sprain Saturday against the B.C. Lions, but there might not be a rush to do so with Cote doing the job.

"It's so nice to see Rob get that opportunity," Burris said. "You don't want it to happen with an injury to Teyo, but Rob plays with such energy, and he gives you everything he has.

"His motto is all he does is catch touchdowns. It's good to see it happen because he's a guy everybody loves on this team. We're glad he's making it happen."

Cote felt great to have a week of work to get ready for Friday's meeting with the Eskimos, but he knows Johnson could return to his spot soon.

"I don't know what the game plan is going to be," said the Cochrane product. "To be honest, it doesn't matter to me. It's not going to change my preparation because it hasn't changed all year. If he needs another week, I will try to step up and do it again.

"I will keep doing what I've been doing all year."

The talk about Lewis' drought has become comical.

So that was the tone he took in the aftermath of his 16th straight TD-less outing, joking he doesn't want one now.

"If the game isn't on the line, I will knock down the passes in the endzone," Lewis said with a laugh. "If the game is on the line, I will be forced to catch it."


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