EDMONTON - Fred Stamps was left feeling a bit incomplete Friday.
The league’s leading receiver scored the game-winning touchdown against the Toronto Argonauts, one drive after having another touchdown taken away.
The Edmonton Eskimos slotback appeared to come up with a 20-yard reception in the end zone with 9:09 left in the fourth quarter, but a challenge by Argos head coach Jim Barker overturned the ruling on the field as an incomplete pass.
But Stamps was left with no doubt, even without seeing the replay.
“Yeah, I caught the first one. I don’t know what they called, whether it was out-of-bounds,” said Stamps, who finished with a game-high eight receptions for 101 yards. “When I came down with the ball, it rolled between my legs, but it didn’t hit the ground at all.”
After settling for a 24-yard field goal to trail 25-19, the Eskimos offence corrected the records by hitting Stamps with three consecutive passes that covered 33 yards, including a 21-yard reception in the end zone for the win that left no room for interpretation.
“The defence decided to let me run open, leave me in single coverage,” said Stamps. “I guess Ricky is going to throw the ball to me or whatever. It really doesn’t matter to me where the ball goes, as long as we come down with it.”
Besides being 5-0, the Eskimos also led in five of the top-10 statistical categories.
Following Friday’s CFL double-header on TSN, Stamps led all receivers with 578 yards, cornerback Rod Williams led the league with three interceptions, Corbin Sharun’s nine special-teams tackles were the most in the CFL, Damon Duval was tied for first-place with 57 kicking points and Ricky Ray ‘s 1,492 passing yards were seven more than second-place Anthony Calvillo.
Thanks to punt singles in the first and third quarters, the Eskimos pushed their consecutive point scoring streak to 21 quarters.