Saskatchewan stinker

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:28 AM ET

REGINA -- It has been eight years since the Edmonton Eskimos laid such an ugly stink bomb.

Completely imploding in the first half and then failing to do anything remotely productive in the second half, the Eskimos lost 54-14 to the Saskatchewan Roughriders yesterday - marking the club's most lopsided loss since July 1999 (54-8 to Hamilton).

"We embarrassed ourselves out there," said Eskimos returner Tyler Ebell, who completely botched a punt return early in the game.

"(We) embarrassed Edmonton, our families, our friends. We didn't go out there and execute anything."

Added safety J.R. LaRose: "We came out flat. They took it to us the whole game. They beat us in all three aspects of the game. Offensively and defensively they beat us up -and on special teams they killed us."

MANY MISTAKES

In exact order, the Esks made the following mistakes that turned into first-half points:

- In his first game as returner, Ebell failed to pick up a punt - Rider punter Jamie Boreham did - which turned into a TD three plays later.

- Rider Kyle Mitchell intercepted Ray. On the next drive, Matt Dominguez scored his second TD of the game.

- Mitchell blocked a punt and scored a touchdown.

- James Johnson returned a Ray interception 78 yards to set up another Rider major.

By the end of the first half, the Esks were buried in a 34-8 hole - and they weren't about to get out.

But there are many other ugly numbers from this game that will stick with the Green and Gold until Saturday, when they get their next taste of real action against Calgary.

IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER:

- Edmonton gave up four sacks - and some were ugly, clean shots on Ray.

"It was just a breakdown in protection," said left guard Kevin Lefsrud. "It was a (butt) whooping."

Thankfully for Ray's body, he was pulled in the third quarter for Stefan LeFors.

- The Riders put up - or more appropriately, ran over Edmonton - for 155 rushing yards.

- The Esks had 11 penalties for 79 yards.

"I am not happy," said Esks' head coach Danny Maciocia. "We had been taking a step forward and I think we took a step backwards this game. Hopefully we can go back and fix it."

- Officially, on the CFL stats sheets, Edmonton had five turnovers, but really it was six turnovers because of the Riders' recovery of their own punt.

- Edmonton only generated 205 yards of total offence. If it wasn't for a 52-yard touchdown pass to Trevor Gaylor in the second quarter, Edmonton would have had just 153 yards of total offence.

"They came out and handed it to us," said defensive back Omarr Morgan, who was playing in his first game in Regina after being signed through free agency from Saskatchewan. "I know we lost by a lot but I don't want to get into that. The series (between the two teams) is 1-1.

"They've got to see us again. We will be OK."

The jury is out on that statement at the moment.

FINISH LINES ...

Sean Fleming added two field goals and a single to give Edmonton its 14 meager points.


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