Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Mike Reilly Tosses Three Touchdowns, Eskimos Beat Stampeders 29-20

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Mike Reilly Tosses Three Touchdowns, Eskimos Beat Stampeders 29-20

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Mike Reilly, Eskimos down Stampeders 29-20

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EDMONTON - Quick strike passes produced the points but it was one of Edmonton's most balanced offensive showings of the season that carried the Eskimos to a vital 29-20 victory over the Calgary Stampeders Saturday.

"I think it probably was," quarterback Mike Reilly said of the balanced attack. "Thinking about guys who made plays. C.J. (Gable) had a great night in the run game. I was able to run the ball a fair amount. I know Adarius (Bowman) came up huge with some big-time catches. I know (Brandon) Zylstra did as well. I know DW (Derel Walker) had a great catch down the field to set us up for a touchdown. Everybody was pitching in tonight and that was great to see.

"It's going to take all of us. This late in the year if you're relying on one guy to make plays you're going to get stuffed by a great defence and that was a great defence we played tonight. The only way to have success against them is to spread the ball around."

Reilly did just that.

He completed 18-of-27 passes for 284 yards. Bowman had five catches for 49 yards and two touchdowns, Vidal Hazelton had four for 51 yards, Zylstra three for 101 yards and a touchdown and Walker caught four for 75 yards. Gable ran 18 times for 82 yards.

After a slow opening quarter Reilly hit Walker for a 45-yard reception to set up Bowman's eight-yard touchdown in the second quarter. He hit Zylstra for a 77-yard touchdown early in the third and then Bowman from 17 yards to build a 23-13 third-quarter margin.

Reilly also ran seven times for 48 yards, mostly in the final quarter.

"The legs are feeling alright," he said afterwards. "We were talking last week how I don't necessarily do that as much early in the season, but there's a time and place. Late in the year when the weather gets cold you have to be able to run the ball and if they can just key on the running back it makes it easier for them. …

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