Happy feet boost Esks

Eskimos' Tristan Jackson runs the ball for a touchdown as he is chased by Argos' Adrian Mayes on...

Eskimos' Tristan Jackson runs the ball for a touchdown as he is chased by Argos' Adrian Mayes on Thursday. SUN MEDIA/Jason Franson

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:54 AM ET

Now that is a new twist.

After the Edmonton Eskimos aired it out for 448 passing yards last week, the Green and Gold are in a first-place tie in the West Division this morning thanks to the feet of Tristan Jackson, AJ Harris and Ricky Ray.

A 47-28 win over the Toronto Argos last night puts the Esks at 2-1 in the regular-season and full of confidence before heading on the road for two straight games starting next weekend.

Making his first-ever regular-season start for the Esks, Harris rushed for two touchdowns in the first half before giving way to Jackson to take the second-half spotlight.

Pulling double duty for the first time in his CFL career -starting in the secondary and returning punts - Jackson notched an 89-yard interception touchdown return in the third quarter before bringing a Commonwealth Stadium crowd of 31,707 to the edge of their seats five minutes later with a 61-yard punt return for a major. That put Edmonton on top 30-15, which was enough to withstand 13 straight Argo points.

A late six-yard touchdown pass from Ray to Jason Tucker put the icing on the cake.

But it was the running game that deserves the offensive headlines.

"It was a perfect start," said Harris, who didn't get told he was starting last night until just about one hour before kickoff. "I liked it. It was fun."

Harris rushed for 89 yards on 14 carries in his start over Damien Anderson, who produced just 12 yards on five carries last week. It was an impressive debut considering he had just two full practices with the team this week after being recalled from his Chicago home last weekend.

Eskimo fans are clearly wondering this morning why Harris was cut in training camp in favour of Anderson.

"We had a good week of practice and everybody was clicking," said Harris.

"The line was just amazing (last night). Coaches were calling good plays, receivers were blocking down field and everything was just working."

Ray also got into the rushing game, scrambling for 56 yards on 10 carries.

"This is the defence you want to play against if you are a running back. They are going to do everything to defend the pass," said Ray, before commenting on his own running feat. "They were rushing three (linemen) and their backers were getting deep."

The back-to-back wins for Edmonton is definitely a rarity. The club only managed to do it twice all of last season.

Toronto actually opened the scoring last night on a four-yard touchdown pass to Arland Bruce.

Harris responded with a two-yard TD run, his first of the night.

The Argos actually had the lead at 15-9 late in the second quarter when Bruce made a highlight-reel TD grab.

But Edmonton rattled off 21 unanswered points: Harris' 24-yard TD run, Jackson's interception return and his punt return for a major.

After Toronto put together a brief rally to cut the score to 30-28, Tucker's touchdown catch and Mathieu Bertrand's short plunge over the goal line made it a rout on the scoreboard.

FINISH LINES ...

Edmonton recorded three interceptions last night to give the team seven on the year, two shy of last year's entire total.


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