Toronto Argonauts 30 @ Edmonton Eskimos 29

Game Details

  • Week 13
  • 50th Game of Regular Season (58th Overall)
  • Saturday, Sep 26, 1998 9:00 PM EDT ( )
  • (Local)
  • at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, AB
    • Surface: Natural Grass
    • Attendance: 31,923
    • Capacity: 60,081
  • Broadcaster:
    • CBC

Game Notes

Game Summary

The Toronto Argonauts entered this game looking for a victory to move them into a second place tie with Montreal Alouettes in the East Division. The Edmonton Eskimos, on the other hand, were looking to keep hold of their firm grip on second spot in the West. Toronto got on the board first when K Arek Bigos struck a 25-yard FG at 4:35 of the opening period pacing Toronto to the early 3-0 lead. Toronto quickly added to that total when QB Kerwin Bell teamed up with WR Nigel Williams for a 5-yard scoring play at 10:38. Bigos’ convert was good. K Sean Fleming replied on behalf of Edmonton when he nailed a 44-yard FG at 12:13 giving Edmonton 3 points. Bigos added a single when he missed a 45-yard FG making the score 11-3 for the Boatmen at the end of the quarter. The Eskimos scored first in the second stanza when Fleming’s 50-yard FG attempt was good at 2:49. P Noel Prefontaine added a 50-yard punt single for Toronto at 6:18. Bigos then extended Toronto’s lead further by nailing a 34-yard FG at 11:31. He also added a 11-yard FG giving the Argonauts an 18-6 lead at the half. Just 29 seconds into the third quarter, Bell and Williams teamed up the second time of the night on a 62-yard reception giving Toronto a 19-point advantage after Bigos struck the convert. Fleming cut into the lead at 2:20 with a punting single but Bigos continued to add to the Argo’s total by striking a 37-yard FG at 10:20. At 12:52, QB Dave Archer found SB Don Blair in the end zone for Edmonton’s first major of the match. Fleming’s convert made the score 28-14 Toronto heading into the final period of play. Just 10 seconds into the fourth quarter, Prefontaine struck a huge punt that travelled 64 yards through the end zone to score a single. 1:43 later, however, Archer found Blair in the end zone for the second time to complete 21-yard scoring play. Fleming’s convert was successful. Bigos, however, was not so prosperous as his 32-yard FG at 12:27 sailed wide to score a single. A late rally by Edmonton cumulated in a 1-yard run by Archer at 13:18. The two-point conversion was good bringing the Esks to within 1 point of the Argonauts. But that was as close as they would come as the Boatmen held on for a thrilling victory over Edmonton by a 30-29 score. Also of note in this game was the 16 catch night of Argonaut SB Derrell Mitchell, tying a CFL record for most receptions in a single game.

Source: Game Review, 1998 CFL Weekly Statistical Package

1997 and 1998 Edmonton and Toronto Matchups
1997Week 8EDM 14 @ TOR 38
Week 13TOR 25 @ EDM 24
1998Week 4EDM 30 @ TOR 27 OT
Week 13TOR 30 @ EDM 29

Eskimos record vs Argonauts (Regular Season)

Last decade (1988 to 1997)
  • at Edmonton 7–3–0 (0.700)
  • at Toronto 4–6–0 (0.400)
  • Edmonton Total 11–9–0 (0.550)
All-time (through 1998)
  • at Edmonton 19–8–1 (0.696)
  • at Toronto 10–18–0 (0.357)
  • Edmonton Total 29–26–1 (0.527)

Streaks as of Sept. 26, 1998 (Regular Season)

Eskimos streak at home vs Argonauts
Eskimos streak overall vs Argonauts


Scoring Summary
1st Quarter

1. TOR: Field Goal BIGOS (25 yards)
2. TOR: Touchdown WILLIAMS (5 yard pass from BELL)
  TOR: Convert Kick BIGOS
3. EDM: Field Goal FLEMING (44 yards)
4. TOR: Single BIGOS (45 yards off a Missed Field Goal)

2nd Quarter

5. EDM: Field Goal FLEMING (50 yards)
6. TOR: Single PREFONTAINE (50 yards off a Punt)
7. TOR: Field Goal BIGOS (34 yards)
8. TOR: Field Goal BIGOS (11 yards)

3rd Quarter

9. TOR: Touchdown WILLIAMS (62 yard pass from BELL)
  TOR: Convert Kick BIGOS
10. EDM: Single FLEMING (64 yards off a Punt)
11. TOR: Field Goal BIGOS (37 yards)
12. EDM: Touchdown BLAIR (47 yard pass from ARCHER)
  EDM: Convert Kick FLEMING

4th Quarter

13. TOR: Single PREFONTAINE (68 yards off a Punt)
14. EDM: Touchdown BLAIR (21 yard pass from ARCHER)
  EDM: Convert Kick FLEMING
15. TOR: Single BIGOS (40 yards off a Missed Field Goal)
16. EDM: Touchdown ARCHER (1 yard)
  EDM: 2-point convert BLAIR (5 yard pass from ARCHER)

1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Argonauts 11 7 10 2 30
Eskimos 3 3 8 15 29
First Downs2814
Net Rushing5161
Net Passing501293
Net Offence507332
Pass Att/Com35/52
Interceptions by10
Fumbles Lost10
Punts/Net Avg.5/48.07/41.6
Time of Possession38:5921:01

TORBELL: 35/52, 501 YDS, 2 TD, 0 INT; EDMARCHER: 20/30, 293 YDS, 2 TD, 0 INT; WILLIAMS: 0/1, 0 YDS, 0 TD, 1 INT;


TORCLEMONS: 14/49 YDS, 0 TD; BELL: 1/2 YDS, 0 TD; EDMMILLS: 10/54 YDS, 0 TD; ARCHER: 2/7 YDS, 1 TD;


TORMITCHELL: 16/220 YDS, 0 TD; WILLIAMS: 6/109 YDS, 2 TD; DMYTRYSHYN: 2/53 YDS, 0 TD; CLEMONS: 5/52 YDS, 0 TD; MASOTTI: 3/47 YDS, 0 TD; ENGLISH: 3/20 YDS, 0 TD; EDMWIGGINS: 5/90 YDS, 0 TD; BLAIR: 4/80 YDS, 2 TD; MYERS: 4/76 YDS, 0 TD; WISE: 2/22 YDS, 0 TD; WILLIAMS: 4/18 YDS, 0 TD; MILLS: 1/7 YDS, 0 TD;

Argonauts coach: Don Matthews (W)
Eskimos coach: Kay Stephenson (L)

Argonauts (8-5-0) Next vs Roughriders Oct 03
Eskimos (7-6-0) Next @ Alouettes Oct 04

Game Extra

Lead Changes (Experimental)
  • Total: 1
  • Times TOR held lead: 1
  • Times tied: 1
  • Times EDM held lead: 0
Lead/Trailed and Time in Lead
Largest Lead / Deficit+21 / NoneNone / -21
Time in Lead55:2504:3500:00
Consecutive Points
TOR10 1 14 3 1 1 
EDM 3 3 1 7 7 8

Game Time Weather in Edmonton, AB

September 26th Hourly Weather Summary for Edmonton
Site Local Time Condition Temp. Wind Humidity Pressure
City Centre A 7:00 PM Mostly Cloudy 14.9°C NNE (230°) at 7 km/h 50% 93.01 kPa
City Centre A 8:00 PM Mostly Cloudy 14.5°C NNE (210°) at 11 km/h 54% 93.01 kPa
City Centre A 9:00 PM Cloudy 13.8°C NNE (220°) at 7 km/h 58% 93.08 kPa
City Centre A 10:00 PM Mostly Cloudy 14.2°C NNE (220°) at 11 km/h 59% 93.11 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

Regular Season
ValuePersonRecord Held Span OR
Passing Yards – Game 33rd 33rd 501 yards Kerwin Bell
Receiving Yards – Game -- -- 220 yards Derrell Mitchell



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