Copeland's grab impresses bystanders

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:16 AM ET

HAMILTON -- Let's call it the catch of the season.

Some on the sidelines said it was the catch of a lifetime.

In the fourth quarter of last night's 39-17 victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats last night, Calgary Stampeders receiver Jeremaine Copeland dove out and snagged a 40-yard bomb from Jason Gesser.

Copeland used his right hand to bring the ball back to his shoulder pads and cradled it with one arm as he rolled over.

"That's the tapback ... to myself," Copeland said. "It was great. I got fired up.

"That's probably the best I've had. People were telling me that's the best catch they've seen ever.

"I made a lot of good catches and that's something I'm used to."

The catch set up a touchdown by MarTay Jenkins and drove a knife through the Ticats' hearts.

"That was the backbreaker," Copeland said. "We had to get the offence going, better late than never. We really stunk it up in the first half and we made plays in the second half."

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CLARK TUCKERED OUT: Brian Clark isn't a sprinter or a marathon runner. So after making a 91-yard interception return touchdown last night, the Stampeders linebacker could barely take a breath.

He had to call out a replacement for the convert because he couldn't even run back to the huddle. Clark caught the ball from Danny McManus and then weaved through tacklers going sideline to sideline.

"I felt it," Clark said. "Whenever you do that, I don't know if it was 70 or 80 yards but it felt like 130 because I was weaving back and forth."

The last time Clark had the ball in his hands was two weeks ago in Toronto. He slipped while trying to do a fake punt and didn't make the line of scrimmage.

"That was a lot longer than that," Clark said. "I was just trying to get into one little group. I got to the hole and there was nobody there. I just kept running for my life."

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GRACE DEFERS CREDIT: John Grace probably owes Jerame Southern lunch today. Grace caught a four-yard interception TD last night but, while the linebacker gets the stat, Southern did all the work.

"I think I might let Grace do that," Southern said about lunch.

The rookie lineman blasted through a hole in the Ticats offensive line to pound quarterback Danny McManus as he threw the ball. The pass went into the air about 25 ft. before Grace brought it down on the four yard line.

"When the ball is like that, you never know if there's people coming at you," said Grace. "I just wanted to catch the ball. I knew if I caught we would at least get three points out of it. I caught it and nobody was around. I just walked in for a touchdown."

Grace left in the fourth quarter after taking a shot to the mouth. He isn't expected to miss any time.


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