Time to take responsibility

GERRY PRINCE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:55 AM ET

The timekeeper at Percival Molson Stadium didn't beat the Edmonton Eskimos.

Rookie head coach Danny Maciocia maintains the Edmonton Eskimos beat themselves in last Friday's 32-29 loss to the Montreal Alouettes.

"It wasn't so much what they did to us, it's what we did to ourselves," said Maciocia. "We walked into an environment where it's not easy to play and (played) a pretty good football team. We dropped a couple of balls but we didn't get calls.

"People felt Ed Hervey dropped a ball in the end zone. That was pass interference, there's no doubt. I thought the play before to (Jason) Tucker was a pass interference call.

"You're up 14-0, you're driving. You make a couple of catches, you may kick a field goal and you're up 17-0. Maybe the game changes a little bit. The only consolation we get out of it is I think we're a decent football team."

Maciocia wasn't pointing fingers at the timekeeper but did suggest had the cleat been on the other foot time would likely have run out.

However, Als' return man Ezra Landry fielded Sean Fleming's punt and hit the deck with two-tenths of a second on the clock.

"Obviously, (Landry) was touched," Maciocia said. "But it's the same old story, it's 0.2 seconds. Maybe it is legitimate. I don't have the answer.

"It wasn't that play that made the difference. The only thing that would have happened is that would have taken it into overtime and you don't know (how) that's going to turn out."

PICKIN' AND GRINNIN': Esks linebacker A.J. Gass couldn't believe Montreal quarterback Anthony Calvillo would fire the ball into his waiting arms.

"I could the see the whites of (Calvillo's) eyes," said Gass, recalling his first interception of the season. "When we watched it on film, there was a guy 15 yards behind me. There was no way he could have got the ball to him."

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