According to TSN on Monday, the Calgary Stampeders defeated the Edmonton Eskimos 28-13 in Canadian Football League action. With the victory, the Stampeders have a record of eight wins and one loss and find themselves all alone in the CFL's Western Division.
Monday's game was a huge one for running back Jon Cornish, the reigning CFL most outstanding player and the 2013 Lou Marsh Award winner as the best Canadian athlete. Cornish had 17 carries for 163 yards.
Cornish also got better as the game was going on. In the fourth quarter, he had a huge 44 yard run that set up a Rene Paredes 33 yard field goal. The successful kick put the Stampeders up by 15 points.
A major turning point in the contest came 2:50 into the fourth quarter. With the Stampeders leading 18-10, Stampeders punter Rob Maver was coming out to punt to the Eskimos on third down at midfield. However, Eskimos defensive back Alonzo Lawrence took an unnecessary roughing the kicker penalty that led to a Stampeders first down and a Cornish three yard touchdown.
The Lawrence penalty eliminated all the momentum the Eskimos were generating at that stage of the football game and cost the Eskimos an opportunity to catch up to the Stampeders. With the loss, Edmonton dropped to seven wins and two losses.
The Stampeders played like they had the best defense in the Canadian Football League. Eskimos quarterback Matt Nichols was on the same page with Adarius Bowman all afternoon, but was unable to generate chemistry with his other wide receivers. Calgary will play Edmonton again on Saturday from Commonwealth Stadium in the Alberta capital.