Cornish, Stamps rout Esks 39-15

Jon Cornish started the week apologizing for his actions in Regina. He should have been apologizing...

Jon Cornish started the week apologizing for his actions in Regina. He should have been apologizing to the Esks Friday night. (QMI Agency)

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:33 AM ET

CALGARY - A full moon hung over McMahon Stadium Friday night, but that was perfectly fine for the Calgary Stampeders. 

Jon Cornish started the week apologizing for his actions last Sunday in Regina when he dropped his pants in front of Saskatchewan Roughriders fans.

He should be saying “sorry” to the Edmonton Eskimos defence now for making them roadkill Friday night in front of 29,290 spectators at McMahon.

With 180 rushing yards and two TDs — the first a 73-yard scamper that was a career-best — Cornish and the Stamps rolled over the Eskimos for a 39-15 victory.

The win improves the Stamps to 8-5 and it’s the third over the Eskimos (5-8) this month alone.

If the Eskimos and Stamps are tied at the end of this season, like they were last year, this time Calgary would be hosting that game.

Last year, the Eskimos used home-field to oust the Stamps in the West semifinal.

These two teams hook up again in Week 19 back at Commonwealth Stadium, and the Eskimos will have to figure out how to stop Cornish and the rest of the Stampeders’ rushing attack.

After a scoreless first quarter in which the teams traded six punts total, Cornish finally broke free get the offence rolling.

On a direct snap, Cornish went over the right side, got a fantastic block from slotback Nik Lewis on the final defender and the running back was off to the races.

Leaving a dust trail outline of himself at the line of scrimmage, Cornish ran off a 73-yard TD that put him over 1,000 yards for the season.

He’s now sitting at the fifth-best rushing season by a Canadian all-time, and on pace to top Norm Kwong’s 1,437 set in 1956.

Two possessions after the first score, the Stamps passing game got going, too.

Glenn made a perfect play-action fake to Matt Walter, pulled the ball back and found Johnny Forzani wide open behind coverage.

The bomb goes down as a 44-yard TD strike that is Forzani’s third major in four games.

The Eskimos quickly responded, though, with a two-play drive, themselves.

Quarterback Matt Nichols attempted just seven passes before this game, but on this response drive in the second quarter, he looked like a veteran.

First, he hit Matt Carter for a 44-yard gain, then he threaded a ball to Fred Stamps in the endzone that the receiver pulled away from Keon Raymond.

Nichols led a scoring drive in the third quarter thanks to his scrambling ability, and he capped it with a 17-yard TD.

That was about it for the visitors.

Cornish and backup Walter kept piling up yardage, even when it looked like they were downed.

On one rush, Cornish looked stopped in the backfield. He bounced off a tackle by Almondo Sewell, then stiff-armed Alex Daniels away from his body and turned T.J. Hill around for a 11-yard gain.

Walter had a career game, too, bursting outside on a short-yardage carry and taking it for a 29-yard gain. He finished with 55 yards on six carries.

In the fourth quarter, Nik Lewis got his eighth TD his season and Joe West went over 100 yards for the first time in his career.

Cornish and the rushing attack managed to overshadow another nice night from Glenn, who went 21-of-28 passing for 292 yards and two touchdowns.

Rene Paredes was also perfect, kicking three field goals to round out the scoring, as very little went wrong with the Stamps on this night.

ian.busby@sunmedia.ca

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