August 26, 2012
Role reversal for Ray, Jyles
By GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency
TORONTO - The last time the Edmonton Eskimos played in Toronto, both starting quarterbacks were wearing the other-coloured jersey.
Edmonton ended up leaving Rogers Centre with a 31-24 victory in Week 17 after Ricky Ray helped the Eskimos to a 31-3 lead by the end of the third quarter.
But Steven Jyles engineered three touchdowns in the final frame while the only thing that stopped him from tying things up with a fourth was the game clock.
"We had a pretty decent lead and I remember I came out of the game and Kerry (Joseph) came in to finish the game off and all of a sudden they were inching back," said Ray, who thought he might have to get warmed up again for overtime. "It was the whole breast cancer (awareness) game so we were all wearing pink out there.
"But it was a good win for us late in the season to give us a chance to still get first place."
But a surprising late push by a dormant-to-dominant Argos defence kept putting the ball back in the hands of Jyles, who mechanically marched a no-huddle offence downfield and put points on the board.
"In Toronto, we got off to a slow start and Edmonton was lighting it up early," said Jyles, who ended up 23 of 39 for 285 yards, two touchdowns and an interception compared to Ray's 17 of 29 for 347 yards and two TDs.
Joseph was handcuffed to just two pass attempts in the fourth quarter, completing one for nine yards.
"We fought back, we were able to come back and put some big plays together and it turned into an exciting game at the end," said Jyles, who was one of what turned out to be five players the Eskimos picked up in exchange for trading Ray to Toronto back in December.
"The little time I've played in this league, the league has seen that I can be explosive at times, the thing is just being consistent," Jyles said. "So that's what I'm looking forward to, is just being consistent so the league can see who Steven Jyles is."
BOSSED AROUND: No, the CFL isn't experimenting with running up against the NFL on Monday nights.
The reason this game is being played outside of the normal CFL window is because Bruce Springsteen's 2012 Wrecking Ball world tour crashed Rogers Centre on Friday night.
"Ain't nothing like football on Monday night," Jyles said.