Thorpe not looking for goats

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON

, Last Updated: 9:22 AM ET

Noel Thorpe is taking the blame for the floodgates opening on a special teams disaster for the Edmonton Eskimos on Friday night.

The Green and Gold's special teams coach is not blaming his players for B.C. punter Paul McCallum scampering for a first down with 1:30 remaining in the fourth quarter.

That play kept the B.C. Lions' drive alive and allowed them to score a touchdown and increase their lead to 15 points.

The fake punt became one of the key moments of Friday night's game because it helped the Lions with the season series over the Esks on head-to-head points over the duration of the year.

"I want to put that on me," said Thorpe on the botched play. "We need to be assignment sound."

Somebody on the Esks' special teams unit lost containment on McCallum on the play and that allowed him to run.

But Thorpe isn't pointing the finger at the unknown player.

As for the blocked Edmonton field goal attempt with seven seconds remaining Friday that killed any last hope of the Esks evening the head-to-head score for the year, the blame falls somewhere along the line of scrimmage.

Cameron Wake made the block for B.C. by jumping high enough to knock the ball down.

But Wake's launch point for his jump was on Edmonton's side of the line of scrimmage - according to Thorpe - which shouldn't happen.

"Our job is to make sure we have no penetration (through the blocking line)," said Thorpe. "We didn't execute."

With B.C. winning 43-28, the Lions have the season series.

If Edmonton had made the field goal to end the game, the head-to-head points over the course of the year would have been even - giving Edmonton the tie-breaker based on more divisional wins.

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Romero missed the B.C. tilt with a leg injury.

But it's believed the veteran of the D-line (six sacks, tied for team lead) would have played last week if it was a playoff game.

FINISH LINES: THE ESKS HAVE SCORED 13 SECOND-HALF POINTS IN THE LAST THREE GAMES COMBINED ... EDMONTON'S FOURTH-QUARTER COLLAPSE ON FRIDAY AGAINST B.C. MARKED THE SECOND TIME THIS YEAR THE ESKS HAVE LOST A GAME AFTER LEADING ENTERING THE FINAL QUARTER. EDMONTON IS NOW 7-2 WHEN LEADING AFTER THREE QUARTERS.


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