It's all about winning

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:41 AM ET

CALGARY -- Eskimo quarterback Ricky Ray had a record-breaking afternoon.

Edmonton receiver Jason Tucker also had a historic day.

But neither really cared.

Ray set a CFL record yesterday afternoon in a 43-23 loss to the Calgary Stampeders by completing 24 passes, which pushed his season total to 479 completions.

That mark is a new CFL record, eclipsing Doug Flutie's 1991 record of 466 successful passes.

But there was no smile on Ray's face when asked about the record after the game.

"It doesn't mean anything," he said.

"We were playing for first and that was what we were shooting for."

Ray finished the regular season with 5,510 yards, placing him second on the all-time list for most passing yards in one season in Edmonton.

He was 139 yards shy of the franchise record set by Warren Moon in 1983.

After practically disappearing for the last few games, Tucker re-emerged as Ray's favourite target yesterday afternoon - and that led to Tucker becoming the league's leading receiver in 2005 with 1,411 yards.

"It really didn't matter to me," said Tucker of the impressive mark.

"What was more important was the win and we didn't get it."

Tucker's total ranks 11th all-time with the Eskimos for receiving yards in a season.

He finished the year with 11 TDs, but could have scored another at a key point in the third quarter yesterday.

With the Eskimos trailing 29-9, Ray lobbed a beautiful ball to Tucker, but it fell right through his hands.

"I just took my eyes off it," said Tucker. "The first thing (to remember) as a receiver is never take your eyes off the ball.

"I was ready to run before I caught it."

SHORT YARDAGE: To no surprise, Troy Davis had another solid game on the ground, even though Edmonton had to virtually ignore the run game in the second half after falling behind by 20 points in the third quarter. Davis finished with 84 yards on 14 carries, giving him a 90-yard average during the four regular-season games he played in an Eskimo uniform since being traded from Hamilton ... Edmonton returner Tony Tompkins was another bright spot on an overall dismal day. After being stuffed for minus 10 yards on punt returns by the Stampeders on Sept. 9 at Commonwealth Stadium, Tompkins returned six punts for 105 yards in yesterday's game.


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