Esks QB Mike Reilly came out firing after benching

Esks QB Mike Reilly (left) hands the ball off to Hugh Charles during first-half action against the...

Esks QB Mike Reilly (left) hands the ball off to Hugh Charles during first-half action against the Alouettes Thursday in Montreal. (Pierre-Paul Poulin/QMI Agency)

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:08 PM ET

MONTREAL - The Mike Reilly who started Thursday’s game wasn’t the same one who finished it.

The Edmonton Eskimos starting quarterback was pulled early in the second quarter after completing just four of nine pass attempts (44%) for 84 yards and an interception.

He was followed up by rookie backup Jonathan Crompton (1-for-4 for a single passing yard and an interception) and veteran third-stringer Kerry Joseph (0-for-1) in a bizarre second-quarter strategy that saw Reilly come back in prior to the half to finish out the game.

But the game plan appeared to be effective, as Reilly returned to complete 12 more passes on 19 attempts (63%) for 178 yards and two touchdowns.

In passer-efficiency rating, that represents a swing from 38.4 to an impressive 128.8, thanks to a fourth quarter where he was a perfect 158.3.

That included the last-minute drive where he went 4-for-4 for 70 yards in just 28 seconds before putting the ball in his running back’s hands on a pair of hand


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