September 8, 2012
Stamps win nailbiter
By IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency
EDMONTON - EDMONTON — Their opposition may have three running backs that can carry the load, but the Calgary Stampeders only need one.
And even with a do-over, Grant Shaw couldn’t get the victory for the Edmonton Eskimos.
Jon Cornish ripped off a 59-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter Friday night during the Labour Day Rematch in front of 39,363 spectators at Commonwealth Stadium as the Stamps left Edmonton with a 20-18 victory.
But the Eskimos had a chance at the final gun … again.
Just like Monday in Calgary, Shaw failed on the long field-goal attempt with no time on the clock, this time knocking a 43-yard attempt off the upright.
During the Labour Day Classic, Shaw was wide left on a 48-yard attempt into a rough wind, and the Stamps won 31-30.
The win Friday improves the Stamps to 6-4 on the CFL season and drops the Eskimos to 5-5. For the third time in four seasons, the Stamps swept the Labour Day doubleheader.
Cornish finished with 187 yards rushing, 130 of which came in the second half.
While Cornish led the way for the Stamps, the Eskimos divided up their carries between three players and none of them got going.
For the first time since Jerome Messam came back from the NFL, he, Hugh Charles and Cory Boyd all dressed.
Charles led the Eskimos with carries, getting four for 31 yards, and Boyd didn’t even see the field until midway through the second quarter.
The Stamps came out on fire, as Kevin Glenn put together a nice first drive by hitting Johnny Forzani on a 37-yard touchdown strike for an early 7-0 lead.
After that, Glenn tried to go to Forzani a couple more times in the endzone, but both times the passes were picked by Eskimos defensive back Chris Thompson.
The home side couldn’t do anything with the turnovers, but they did take points off the board from the Stampeders.
The only major the Eskimos managed through the first 57 minutes was on a wild scramble.
Grant Shaw was lining up for a 42-yard field goal attempt with no time left in the first half, but holder Matt Nichols couldn’t get the snap down.
Nichols, the Eskimos’ third-string quarter, scrambled away from pressure and tossed a prayer pass up.
Linebacker Corbin Sharun caught the pass, carried Stamps linebacker Juwan Simpson around his waist and dove into the endzone for a 35-yard TD.
A year ago during the Labour Day Rematch, the Stamps were the ones going into the locker-room with momentum after Nik Lewis caught a Hail Mary attempt for a TD.
The Stamps defence did a great job in this one, holding the Eskimos offence down until QB Kerry Joseph finally hit Fred Stamps with a 22-yard touchdown with 2:36 left in the fourth.
Joseph completed a first-down pass to Marcus Henry on a third-and-18 to set up the last-second field-goal attempt, but once against the Stamps escape with a win.
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