On-side kick too close to call?

DEREK VAN DIEST

, Last Updated: 8:41 AM ET

It's a play that probably could be looked at from now until the end of time and still prove inconclusive.

The Edmonton Eskimos figured they had done enough to get the ball back on an on-side kick late in Friday's contest, which would have given them an opportunity to pull out an improbable victory.

But after a lengthy review, the Stampeders were awarded the ball. They then ran out the clock in a 38-33 win.

"It did hit Jeremaine's (Copeland's) hand and went out of bounds," said Stampeders quarterback Henry Burris who had a front row view of the play.

"It might have hit Kamau (Peterson) too, but it's actually who touches it last. Jeremaine did a good job of getting his hand out there and saving us the victory.

"Luckily, it went out of bounds before any of their guys touched it."

The kick was perfectly lofted in the air by Noel Prefontaine making it essentially a jump ball for possession.

The play is unique to the Canadian game. In the NFL, the "fair catch" rule essentially forces teams to drive the ball into the ground on an onside kick.

Peterson was able to climb above everybody to get a hand on it, but the ball was judged to have touched Copeland before it rolled out of bounds.

"I knew that Kamau was coming full speed and he had a better jump on the ball than I did," Copeland said.

"I was just trying to put my hand up there and smack it out of bounds. If you can't catch it, just bat it. It happened to go in our favour and they weren't able to overturn it."

The ruling on the field was Calgary ball, although it didn't look evident as there seemed to be some confusion among the officials.

When the replay couldn't prove otherwise, the call stood.

"I thought I got a hand on it, but I'm not even sure what the ruling is, whether you have to touch it with a certain part of the body, I don't know," Peterson said.

"It was a well-designed play. Our special teams coach (Noel Thorpe) is one of the best special teams coaches I've ever been around. He's got something for everything and everything he has, has a shot of working every time.

"That's the first time we've had to use it, but it's not even the only one we have.

"The kick was hung up there perfect, and I went up and got it. In hindsight I should have just caught it and made it definitive, so I'll take that on me."


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