Game notes

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 10:57 AM ET

TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYER

Edmonton quarterback Ricky Ray engineered a well-drawn game plan, marching the Eskimos smartly for an early 10-0 lead. He completed 28 of 40 passes for 469 yards and two touchdowns as Edmonton beat the Bombers 27-8. He also connected with wide receiver Jason Tucker for a 105-yard touchdown pass to give Edmonton a 17-1 lead early in the third quarter, taking whatever wind the Bombers may had in their sails.

TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYER

Bomber linebacker Sean Woodson was all over the field. In the first half alone, he recorded three defensive tackles and a special teams tackle. Honourable mention to Edmonton linebacker Singor Mobley, who had two sacks in the first half and a number of defensive tackles.

TOP SPECIAL TEAM PLAYER

Bomber punter Jon Ryan was the highlight of the Winnipeg offence. Ryan launched the football for a gaudy 52.9-yard average. That included a 79-yard single, the only point Winnipeg scored in the opening 30 minutes. He also coffin-cornered several punts.

SMACK OF THE GAME

Bomber defensive back Omar Evans belted Edmonton slotback Derrell Mitchell, forcing the ball to pop up in the air but no defender could get there in time.

KEY PLAY

The Bombers had just scored a touchdown, defensive end Tom Canada had recovered a fumble to take Edmonton out of a scoring position. The defence needed to hold the Eskimos, who started their next drive at their own 18. But Ray hit slotback Derrell (Mookie) Mitchell -- who was open all night -- for a 45-yard gain. That set up Sean Fleming's 48-yard field goal to give Edmonton a 20-8 lead with 7:18 left in the game and the Bomber offence doing nothing.

HIGHLIGHT REEL

From his own five, Edmonton quarterback Ricky Ray pump-faked Bomber defensive back Justin Coleman out of position, then connected with wide receiver Jason Tucker, who scored a 105-yard touchdown.


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