Esks' rookie Porter gaining momentum

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:35 PM ET

Daniel Porter wasn't about to let his quarterback run away with all the credit.

The Edmonton Eskimos rookie running back had to come up with a 171-yard performance on 21 rushes to keep Ricky Ray from leading the team in that department.

"I was like, 'Look, I've got to get out too, just like you do it,' " Porter told Ray, who ended up with a career-high 135 yards on 12 carries, including a one-yard goal-line dive in overtime that sealed the victory.

But the drive began with a 25-yard sideline sprint by Porter -- his longest of the game -- who steadily gained momentum as the quarters ran down.

"I told Ricky, 'You keep doing that, they're going to start biting on you. Give it to me, I'm going to do the rest,' " Porter said. "We had that understanding and went from there."

But it wouldn't exactly be accurate to suggest Porter was pleasantly surprised by his most successful outing since coming off the practice squad at the beginning of the month.

"Not really. I mean, you practise how you're going to play," Porter said. "Actually, I had great practice last week. I trusted the O-line, they came out there and dominated up front.

"So that's what we did, just dominated the defence."

But it wasn't exactly the plan of attack heading into Vancouver, especially considering the Eskimos earned all of 35 yards on 10 combined carries one week earlier.

"Our running last week when we played against (the Hamilton Tiger-Cats), it lacked," said Porter, who was held to just 31 yards on five carries in that 36-11 loss. "So we just came into this week and just pounded. We said we were going to run the route, get a ball and go from there, trusting the O-line to block.

"And that's what they did. They did a great job (Saturday)."


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