Game over

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:13 AM ET

SUN THREE STARS:

1. ESKIMOS SB JASON TUCKER -- Playing on his 32nd birthday, the Eskimos deep threat beat Stampeders defender J.R. Ruffin twice for long catches in the same drive, including a 35-yard TD.

2. ESKIMOS QB RICKY RAY -- Ray posted just 94 yards passing in the first half but made a sensational recovery in the second, throwing two TD passes while completing 31 of 40 throws for the game.

3. STAMPS PK SANDRO DeANGELIS -- Split the uprights with all four of his field goal attempts to supply the Stampeders' only scoring.

WHY THE ESKIMOS WON:

Edmonton quarterback Ricky Ray was sensational in the second half as the Eskimos adjusted their attack, twice finding Jason Tucker in the endzone to charge back from a 9-0 deficit.

GREAT CATCH:

Stampeders wide receiver Ken-Yon Rambo, after falling while making a cut, hopped to his feet and stretched to haul in a Henry Burris pass along the sidelines, mindful of keeping his feet in bounds at the Edmonton six-yard-line.

HUGE HITS:

Stampeders defensive end Demetrious Maxie recorded the first sack of the game by blasting through the Eskimos defensive line to crash into Eskimos quarterback Ricky Ray in the first quarter.

KEY STAT:

31 OF 40 -- Eskimos quarterback Ricky Ray completed 18 of 22 second-half passes, including a pair of 35-yard TDs to Jason Tucker to complete the comeback.

OOPS:

A holding penalty by Ken-Yon Rambo in the second quarter, with the Stamps scrimmaging at Edmonton's four-yard-line, nullified a touchdown by Stamps back Joffrey Reynolds.

NOTABLES:

Stampeders right tackle Jeff Pilon was injured on the second offensive series and left the game with an apparent hip injury ... Jeremaine Copeland recorded his first 100-yard night since August of last season ... Markus Howell made his first catch as a Stampeder, an eight-yard grab in the first quarter ... Eskimos kicker Sean Fleming appears to have won back his punting job. After turning over the duties to import Rodney Williams last week, Fleming returned last night to boot several impressive punts ... The Eskimos' victory improved their all-time record to 116-71-3 against the Stampeders ... The Esks and Stamps meet four times this season, with the next two encounters the back-to-back Labour Day Classic and rematch four days later ... Three former Eskimos players now toil in Calgary: QB Danny McManus, DE Rahim Abdullah and DT Randy Chevrier. Stamps coaches Tom Higgins, Denny Creehan and Bill Diedrick have all spent time in the Esks organization while Edmonton o-line coach Carl Brennan worked one season in Calgary ... Eskimo greats Warren Moon and Brian Kelly were in attendance.


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