Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Stampeders Beat Eskimos 34-28 in Overtime, Now Unbeaten in 10 Games

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Stampeders Beat Eskimos 34-28 in Overtime, Now Unbeaten in 10 Games

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Stampeders extend unbeaten streak to 10


EDMONTON - Not all wins will look the same when you have pulled off as many as the Calgary Stampeders.

Bakari Grant reeled in a 23-yard touchdown pass in the second overtime as the Stampeders continued their march through the season, coming away with a thrilling come-from-behind 34-28 victory over the Edmonton Eskimos on Saturday.

Calgary (9-1-1) has won eight straight and is unbeaten in 10 games. The Stampeders only loss came against the B.C. Lions in their season opener June 11.

"It's not about the stats or anything like that, all that matters is that we got the win," said Stampeders quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell. " It's just great to have the W at the end of the day.

"We made just enough plays to win the game."

Mitchell was 25-of-38 passing for 338 yards, with three touchdowns and one interception.

Calgary head coach Dave Dickenson said his team struggled at times throughout the contest, but pulled it together when it counted.

"We were a little discombobulated. We were running around. It was a real challenge," he said. "We were struggling on offence. We had a defensive lineman playing on our offensive line for the last quarter-and-a-half and into overtime.

"Our guys had a lot of fight in them and made more plays in the second half to get the win."

Edmonton (5-6) has lost two straight, despite quarterback Mike Reilly going 35 for 45 for 432 yards and two touchdowns.

"It doesn't matter how close the score is," Reilly said. "If the other team has more, they get the two points in the standings and we don't.

"We're 1-2 in overtime games and we have to figure out a way to be better in regulation and certainly in overtime as well. We have to figure out a way to win a damn game. As players, we have to figure out what the (heck) is going on and why we're coming up a bit short in these scenarios. …

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