According to the Calgary Stampeders website on Saturday, the Calgary Stampeders thumped the Ottawa Redblacks 38-17 at McMahon Stadium. With the victory, the Stampeders improve to 5-1 and in first place in the Canadian Football League's West Division.
It was a strong outing for Stampeders quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell. The product out of Eastern Washington University completed 26 of 36 passes for 289 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Mitchell also found the end zone in the first quarter on an eight yard touchdown run.
All of Mitchell's touchdown passes came in the second quarter. He connected with Jeff Fuller for a 17 yard pass at 2:52, Marquay McDaniel for 22 yards at 12:30 and Jabari Arthur for 17 yards at 14:12. McDaniel led the Stampeders with 117 yards receiving.
The RedBlacks have now given up 38 points in a game to a Western Division opponent in two consecutive weeks. They lost 38-14 to the Saskatchewan Roughriders at home on August 2. In that game, the Redblacks fell behind 32-0 before putting a point on the board.
All East Division teams continue to struggle. The four teams in the East have a combined record of 5-19 while the four teams in the West have a combined record of 23-9. In fact, the fifth place team in the Western Division, the British Columbia Lions, at 4-3, have four more points than the first place team in the Eastern Division, the Toronto Argonauts at 2-4. With the loss on Saturday, the Redblacks fell to 1-5, but are still only two points back of first place in the East Division.
Next up for the Stampeders will be a game in Hamilton on August 16. Note that the start time will be in the middle of the afternoon with a 1 p.m. mountain time kickoff.