Saskatchewan Roughriders 34 @ Edmonton Eskimos 37

Game Details

  • Week 6
  • 22nd Game of Regular Season (30th Overall)
  • Thursday, Jul 31, 1997 9:30 PM EDT ( )
  • (Local)
  • at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, AB
    • Surface: Natural Grass
    • Attendance: 30,917
    • Capacity: 60,081

Game Notes

Game Summary

The first place Edmonton Eskimos played host this week to the Saskatchewan Roughriders in front of a season high, 30,917 fans. Saskatchewan came out of the gates early when QB Reggie Slack found FB Chris Szarka in the end zone for a 1-yard TD reception. In a surprise move QB Kevin Mason, came in for the 2 point conversion that was successful as LB Lamar McGriggs hauled in the pass to make the score 8-0 Saskatchewan 6:34 into the game. Saskatchewan added to their lead when K Paul McCallum’s FG was good from 33 yards. Edmonton QB Danny McManus rallied his team, however, and with under a minute left in the quarter FB Tony Burse busted in from the 1-yard line to cut the lead down to four after K Sean Fleming’s convert was good. In the second quarter Edmonton took the lead when LB Willie Pless scored his second TD in as many games on a 1-yard run. Fleming was good for the convert. Saskatchewan tied the game at 12:12 of the quarter when McCallum’s 12‐yard FG split the uprights. McCallum also scored minutes later when he struck a moon-shot from 49 yards to give the ’Riders a 17-14 lead going into the dressing room at the half. In the third quarter, Fleming’s 28-yard FG at 8:03 tied the score for the second time in the match. QB Kevin Mason, who had replaced Slack at half-time threw a 28-yard strike to SB Rod Harris at 11:53 to give the ’Riders the lead once again. McCallum hit the extra point. Edmonton cut into that lead just 34 seconds into the fourth quarter when Fleming nailed a 27-yard FG to bring the Esks within four. Saskatchewan padded their lead back to seven, when McCallum’s 42 FG was good. McManus threw his first TD pass of the game, an 11-yard bullet, at 11:41 of the fourth quarter to SB Eddie Brown to put the home team out in front for the first time of the evening. Fleming’s convert made the score 34‐27. Edmonton increased their lead at 14:28 as Fleming was good in his FG attempt of 20-yards. A late rally by Saskatchewan that included a 14-yard TD pass to SB Rod Harris by Mason was not enough. Edmonton hung-on for a thrilling 37-34 victory, much to the delight of Eskimo faithful at Commonwealth Stadium. The win strengthens the Eskimo hold on first place in the Western Division.

Source: Game Review, 1997 CFL Weekly Statistical Package

1996 and 1997 Edmonton and Saskatchewan Matchups
1996Week BEDM 18 @ SSK 23
Week 3EDM 24 @ SSK 27
Week 8SSK 8 @ EDM 25
1997Week BSSK 17 @ EDM 18
Week 2EDM 24 @ SSK 18
Week 6SSK 34 @ EDM 37
Week 14EDM 15 @ SSK 29
Division FinalSSK 31 @ EDM 30

Eskimos record vs Roughriders (Regular Season)

Last decade (1987 to 1996)
  • at Edmonton 11–2–0 (0.846)
  • at Saskatchewan 4–9–0 (0.308)
  • Edmonton Total 15–11–0 (0.577)
All-time (through 1997)
  • at Edmonton 50–27–2 (0.646)
  • at Saskatchewan 37–42–0 (0.468)
  • Edmonton Total 87–69–2 (0.557)

Streaks as of July 31, 1997 (Regular Season)

Eskimos streak at home vs Roughriders
Eskimos streak overall vs Roughriders

Boxscore

Scoring Summary
1st Quarter

1. SSK: Touchdown SZARKA (1 yard pass from SLACK) 6:34
  SSK: 2-point convert MCGRIGGS (5 yard pass from MASON)
2. SSK: Field Goal MCCALLUM (33 yards) 11:33
3. EDM: Touchdown BURSE (1 yard) 14:28
  EDM: Convert Kick FLEMING

2nd Quarter

4. EDM: Touchdown PLESS (1 yard) 3:15
  EDM: Convert Kick FLEMING
5. SSK: Field Goal MCCALLUM (12 yards) 12:12
6. SSK: Field Goal MCCALLUM (49 yards) 14:45

3rd Quarter

7. EDM: Field Goal FLEMING (28 yards) 8:03
8. SSK: Touchdown HARRIS (28 yard pass from MASON) 12:12
  SSK: Convert Kick MCCALLUM

4th Quarter

9. EDM: Field Goal FLEMING (27 yards) 0:34
10. SSK: Field Goal MCCALLUM (42 yards) 5:23
11. EDM: Touchdown BURSE (2 yards) 8:17
  EDM: Convert Kick FLEMING
12. EDM: Touchdown BROWN (11 yard pass from MCMANUS) 12:00
  EDM: Convert Kick FLEMING
13. EDM: Field Goal FLEMING (20 yards) 14:28
14. SSK: Touchdown HARRIS (14 yard pass from MASON) 14:54
  SSK: Convert Kick MCCALLUM 14:54

Linescore
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Roughriders 11 6 7 10 34
Eskimos 7 7 3 20 37
Statistics
SSKEDM
First Downs2418
Net Rushing8265
Net Passing319341
Net Offence343394
Pass Att/Com24/40
60.0%
24/34
70.6%
Interceptions by12
Fumbles Lost13
Punts/Net Avg.8/5.46/6.2
Penalties/Yards5/418/48
Time of Possession31:1728:43
Individual
PASSING

SSKSLACK: 16/26, 168 YDS, 1 TD, 0 INT; MASON: 8/14, 151 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT; EDMMCMANUS: 24/34, 341 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT;

RUSHING

SSKMASON: 4/40 YDS, 0 TD; MIMBS: 9/29 YDS, 0 TD; SLACK: 2/14 YDS, 0 TD; JOSEPH: 2/4 YDS, 0 TD; GRIER: 1/-5 YDS, 0 TD; EDMBLOUNT: 9/34 YDS, 0 TD; BURSE: 5/27 YDS, 2 TD; WILLIAMS: 1/3 YDS, 0 TD; PLESS: 1/1 YDS, 1 TD;

RECEIVING

SSKHARRIS: 5/113 YDS, 2 TD; FARTHING: 7/106 YDS, 0 TD; MAYFIELD: 3/31 YDS, 0 TD; WALTERS: 2/27 YDS, 0 TD; NARCISSE: 3/21 YDS, 0 TD; MIMBS: 2/15 YDS, 0 TD; MCGRIGGS: 1/5 YDS, 0 TD; SZARKA: 1/1 YDS, 1 TD; EDMBROWN: 7/112 YDS, 1 TD; GORDON: 3/80 YDS, 0 TD; BLAIR: 4/66 YDS, 0 TD; FLUTIE: 4/53 YDS, 0 TD; BURSE: 5/31 YDS, 0 TD; BLOUNT: 1/-1 YDS, 0 TD;


Roughriders coach: Jim Daley (L)
Eskimos coach: Ron Lancaster (W)

Roughriders (3-3-0) Next @ Tiger-Cats Aug 08
Eskimos (5-1-0) Next vs Blue Bombers Aug 08

Game Extra

Lead Changes (Experimental)
  • Total: 8
  • Times SSK held lead: 3
  • Times tied: 4
  • Times EDM held lead: 2
Lead/Trailed and Time in Lead
SSKEDM
Largest Lead / Deficit+11 / -10+10 / -11
Final-3+3
SSKTiedEDM
Time in Lead31:0416:5911:57
Consecutive Points
SSK11 6 7 3 7
EDM 14 3 3 17 

Game Time Weather in Edmonton, AB

July 31st Hourly Weather Summary for Edmonton
Site Local Time Condition Temp. Wind Humidity Feels Like Pressure
City Centre A 7:00 PM Clear 23.8°C Calm 47% 26 93.68 kPa
City Centre A 8:00 PM Clear 20.9°C N (60°) at 9 km/h 52% 93.68 kPa
City Centre A 9:00 PM Clear 19.6°C N (70°) at 9 km/h 58% 93.74 kPa
City Centre A 10:00 PM Mainly Clear 18.6°C N (90°) at 9 km/h 63% 93.74 kPa
City Centre A 11:00 PM Partly Cloudy 17.0°C N (90°) at 7 km/h 67% 93.71 kPa

Conditions at Edmonton City Centre A (4.09 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 SSK @ EDM
Including known plays over 55 yards

CategoryCurrent
Rank
Original
Rank
ValuePersonRecord Held Span OR

Sources

Contributors

  • Steve Daniel/CFL

Notices

  • Data is verified (Data Complete)