According to the Canadian Press, the Calgary Stampeders are the last unbeaten team in the 2014 Canadian Football League regular season. On Thursday evening at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Rene Paredes successfully kicked four field goals in a 26-22 win over the Edmonton Eskimos.
With the win, the Stampeders improved to 4-0 in the West Division standings. Even though they are tied with the Edmonton Eskimos with eight total points, the Stampeders have played one fewer game than the Eskimos (4-1) this season. Calgary had a bye week in week two of the season, while the Eskimos have their bye week next week.
The victory had significance for Stampeders quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell. A native of Katy, Texas, Mitchell became only the second quarterback in Canadian Football League history to win his first seven games as a CFL quarterback. Mitchell joins former Stampeder Jeff Garcia in the record books.
However the Stampeders have their special teams to thank the most for Thursday's victory. The Eskimos had three first half turnovers that came directly on special teams. Eskimos punt returner Jamal Miles fumbled the football on a punt return, Eskimos kicker Grant Shaw had a punt blocked and the Eskimos were unable to get a first down on a fake punt late in the second quarter.
The Eskimos miscues on special teams led to 17 Stampeders' points. A first half interception by Stampeders' defensive back Fred Bennett on Mike Reilly also led to a Stampeders field goal.
The Stampeders were once again without the services of running back Jon Cornish. The CFL's reigning most outstanding player is still out with a concussion and was put on the Stampeders' six game injury reserve list earlier in the week. Calgary will next play the British Columbia Lions on Friday, August 1 at McMahon Stadium.