Edmonton Eskimos 21 @ Toronto Argonauts 24

Game Details

  • Week 7
  • 29th Game of Regular Season (38th Overall)
  • Thursday, Aug 8, 1996 7:30 PM EDT ( )
  • (Local)
  • at The SkyDome in Toronto, ON
    • Surface: Fixed Artificial Turf (AstroTurf-like)
    • Roof state unknown
    • Attendance: 20,030
    • Capacity: 52,595
  • Broadcaster:
    • TSN

Game Notes

Game Summary

For Toronto Argonaut QB Doug Flutie, it was just like old times. During his time in Calgary, there were no shortage of epic battles between the Stampeders and the Eskimos and although he has moved east, this game was no different. 20,030 enthusiastic Argonaut supporters saw a quality football game dominated primarily by defence and special teams. Flutie opened up the scoring at 9:15 into the opening frame when he plunged in from 1 yard out. K Mike Vanderjagt added the convert to put the Boatmen up by 7. Edmonton countered with just 13 seconds remaining on the clock when LB Willie Pless, who is used in most goal line situations, took it over from 1 yard out. K Sean Fleming’s convert made the score 7-7 at the end of one period of play. The Eskimos grabbed the lead at 10:05 of the second quarter when SB Eddie Brown hooked up with QB Danny McManus for a 9 yard TD strike. The Fleming convert gave the Esks a 7 point lead. This lead was short lived however as Flutie found RB Robert Drummond over the middle for a 32 yard TD. Vanderjagt added the convert sending the two teams into the locker room deadlocked at 14. The only third quarter scoring came when RB Mike Clemons scampered in from 15 yards out for his second rushing TD of the season. Vanderjagt’s convert restored Toronto’s lead to 7 points after three quarters of play. The Eskimos played with determination all night and it paid off at 8:56 of the fourth when McManus hooked up with last seasons’ Rookie of the Year, SB Shalon Baker for a 56 yard TD pass. Fleming added the convert tying the game at 21. On this night, it was the foot of Vanderjagt that would give the Argonauts the victory as he nailed a 38 yard field goal at 13:59. A last ditch effort by the Eskimos was halted by an interception allowing the Argonauts to then run out the clock preserving a 24-21 victory. The win upped the Argos record to 6-1 while the Eskimos fell to 4-3 with the loss.

Source: Game Review, 1996 CFL Weekly Statistical Package

1995 and 1996 Toronto and Edmonton Matchups
1995Week 1TOR 23 @ EDM 45
Week 7EDM 31 @ TOR 10
1996Week 7EDM 21 @ TOR 24
Week 17TOR 24 @ EDM 17
The Grey CupEDM 37 vs TOR 43

Argonauts record vs Eskimos (Regular Season)

Last decade (1986 to 1995)
  • at Toronto 7–3–0 (0.700)
  • at Edmonton 1–9–0 (0.100)
  • Toronto Total 8–12–0 (0.400)
All-time (through 1996)
  • at Toronto 17–9–0 (0.654)
  • at Edmonton 6–19–1 (0.250)
  • Toronto Total 23–28–1 (0.452)

Streaks as of Aug. 8, 1996 (Regular Season)

Argonauts streak at home vs Eskimos
Argonauts streak overall vs Eskimos


1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Eskimos 7 7 0 7 21
Argonauts 7 7 7 3 24

Player of the Game Offence

Michael “Pinball” Clemons TOR (RB)

Player of the Game Defence

Willie Pless EDM (LB)

Eskimos coach: Ron Lancaster (L)
Argonauts coach: Don Matthews (W)

Eskimos (4-3-0) Next vs Roughriders Aug 17
Argonauts (6-1-0) Next @ Rough Riders Aug 16

Game Time Weather in Toronto, ON

August 8th Hourly Weather Summary for Toronto
Site Local Time Condition Temp. Wind Humidity Feels Like Pressure
Toronto Island A 7:00 PM Partly Cloudy 23.7°C NNE (210°) at 9 km/h 94% 34 100.57 kPa
Toronto Island A 8:00 PM Humid and Partly Cloudy 23.4°C NNE (250°) at 4 km/h 96% 33 100.64 kPa
Toronto Island A 9:00 PM Humid and Partly Cloudy 23.4°C NNE (320°) at 7 km/h 69% 29 100.67 kPa
Toronto Island A 10:00 PM Humid and Partly Cloudy 22.6°C NNE (330°) at 13 km/h 68% 28 100.67 kPa
Toronto Island A 11:00 PM Partly Cloudy 21.3°C NNE (320°) at 6 km/h 76% 26 100.67 kPa

Conditions at Toronto Island A (1.52 km away). Weather courtesy of Environment Canada Data.

Data from Dark Sky. Contains supplemental data (Conditions, Cloud cover) from Dark Sky estimated conditions.

League Records Set and Approached in EDM @ TOR
Including known plays over 55 yards

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  • CFL (Game score/boxscore)


  • Steve Daniel/CFL


  • Data is verified (Data Complete)