Toronto Argonauts 24 @ Edmonton Eskimos 17

Game Details

  • Week 17
  • 73rd Game of Regular Season (82nd Overall)
  • Sunday, Oct 20, 1996 3:00 PM EDT ( )
  • (Local)
  • at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, AB
    • Surface: Natural Grass
    • Attendance: 27,567
    • Capacity: 60,081
  • Broadcaster:
    • CBC

Game Notes

Game Summary

On the frozen tundra of Edmonton’s Commonwealth Stadium, the Argonauts and Eskimos hooked up in an epic battle. The Commonwealth Stadium grounds crew worked diligently to get the field ready after a hefty early morning snowfall. With the field clear, it was the two teams who took centre stage and put on quite a show. The Eskimos got on the board first when K Sean Fleming split the uprights from 55 yards out. This lead was short lived as Toronto QB Doug Flutie found WR Tyrone Williams alone for a 17 yard major. Argonaut K Mike Vanderjagt rounded out the first quarter scoring with a 42 yard single. The Eskimos tied the game 1:08 into the second frame when short yardage specialist LB Willie Pless plunged into the end zone from 1 yard away capitalizing on a fumble as Jimmy Cunningham attempted to return a punt out of his end zone. Both Fleming and Vanderjagt contributed 2 field goals to round out the first half scoring with the score tied at 14. Vanderjagt restored the Argonauts lead 6:44 into the third stanza with a 30 yard field goal, his third of the game. Fleming however countered back at 11:14 with a 15 yarder of his own sending the game into the fourth quarter with the score tied at 17. The two teams battled back and fourth in the fourth quarter and at 10:35 Toronto RB Robert Drummond bulled his way into the end zone from 4 yards out to score what would be the game winning TD. The win improved the Boatmen’s record to 13-3, while the Eskimos dropped to 10-7.

Source: Game Review, 1996 CFL Weekly Statistical Package

1995 and 1996 Edmonton and Toronto 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

Eskimos record vs Argonauts (Regular Season)

Last decade (1986 to 1995)
  • at Edmonton 9–1–0 (0.900)
  • at Toronto 3–7–0 (0.300)
  • Edmonton Total 12–8–0 (0.600)
All-time (through 1996)
  • at Edmonton 19–6–1 (0.750)
  • at Toronto 9–17–0 (0.346)
  • Edmonton Total 28–23–1 (0.548)

Streaks as of Oct. 20, 1996 (Regular Season)

Eskimos streak at home vs Argonauts
Eskimos streak overall vs Argonauts


1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Argonauts 8 6 3 7 24
Eskimos 1 13 3 0 17

Player of the Game Offence

Michael “Pinball” Clemons TOR (RB)

Player of the Game Defence

Willie Pless EDM (LB)

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

Argonauts (13-3-0) Next vs Lions Oct 27
Eskimos (10-7-0) Next vs Stampeders Oct 27

Game Time Weather in Edmonton, AB

October 20th Hourly Weather Summary for Edmonton
Site Local Time Condition Temp. Wind Humidity Pressure
City Centre A 1:00 PM Mostly Cloudy 1.2°C NNE (200°) at 11 km/h 89% 93.87 kPa
City Centre A 2:00 PM Mainly Clear 2.5°C NNE (210°) at 11 km/h 75% 93.81 kPa
City Centre A 3:00 PM Mainly Clear 3.2°C NNE (210°) at 11 km/h 65% 93.77 kPa
City Centre A 4:00 PM Mainly Clear 3.9°C NNE (190°) at 9 km/h 64% 93.74 kPa

Conditions at Edmonton City Centre A (4.09 km away). Weather courtesy of Environment Canada Data.

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

ValuePersonRecord Held Span OR


  • CFL (Game score/boxscore)


  • Steve Daniel/CFL


  • Data is verified (Data Complete)