Edmonton beats Ottawa in final minutes to hoist Grey Cup
The Edmonton Eskimos won their first Grey Cup in 10 years on Sunday (Nov 29) after beating the Ottawa RedBlacks 26-20 in a tight defensive battle in freezing temperatures in Winnipeg.
The Eskimos, who finished second-last in the CFL two season ago, were trailing by two late in the game when quarterback Mike Reilly, helped by a pair of pass interference calls, led them to Ottawa’s 10-yard line.
Reilly then completed a nine-yard pass to Nate Coehoorn before backup quarterback Jordan Lynch sneaked into the endzone to put the Eskimos ahead.
Reilly, who was voted the game’s Most Valuable Player, then completed a three-yard pass to running back Akeem Shavers to add the two-point conversion and seal victory in the 103rd Grey Cup.
“They don’t get any prettier than what just happened here,” said Reilly, who missed nearly half the season with a knee injury. “We weren’t worried about being down. It was just a matter of time before we put it all together.”
Ottawa built an early 13-0 lead on a three-yard touchdown pass from Henry Burris to fullback Patrick Lavoie and a seven-yard pass from Burris to Ernest Jackson.
Edmonton got on the board with a 25-yard Sean Whyte field goal and after defensive back Patrick Watkins intercepted a wobbly Burris pass they scored a 23-yard touchdown on an Adarius Bowman catch.
A field goal from Chris Milo put the RedBlacks up 16-10 in the second quarter but the Eskimos went in at halftime in the lead after a missed field goal single and a two-yard touchdown from Reilly to Shavers.
Ottawa regained the lead with a 33-yard Milo field goal, followed by an Edmonton single, before Milo restored Ottawa’s two-point lead with his own punt single.
The game then turned in Edmonton’s favor with the penalties against Ottawa.
“This is definitely not a business to be in if you don’t like highs and lows,” said RedBlacks coach Rick Campbell.
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