Winnipeg, MB, Canada (4E Sports) – Hugh Charles rushed for a go-ahead 10-yard touchdown in overtime as the Edmonton Eskimos rallied from a 20-point deficit en route to a 35-27 triumph over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Friday at Investors Group Field.
After Charles delivered the game-winning run, Mike Reilly provided the insurance as he completed a two-point conversion as the Eskimos (2-9) won their second game in a row for the first time this season and swept their home-and-home with the Bombers.
Reilly threw for 418 yards and a touchdown, slotback Fred Stamps caught eight passes for 157 yards while Hugh O’Neill buried four field goals for the Eskimos, who honored former great Charles Roberts at halftime.
Max Hall had 253 yards on 18-27 passing to go with a touchdown but issued two interceptions in just his third career start for the Bombers, who dropped to 2-9.
Running back Will Ford rushed for 50 yards on 12 carries while Clarence Denmark had 74 yards on six catches for the Bombers, who took a 20-0 lead midway through the second period.
Hall quickly went to work for the Blue and Gold, first finding Clarence Denmark on first down for nine yards before a Justin Boltus plunge on third down to move the chains.
Hall then found emerging target Rory Kohlert behind the coverage of linebacker T.J. Hill for a 22-yard gain, moving the offense into enemy territory. Winnipeg moved the ball twice before Hall found Kohlert for a 22-yard gain through tacklers down to the goal line.
Boltus took a one-yard plunge over the goal line on the very next play, capping off a 12-play, 78-yard drive to in 5:28 to give the Bombers an early 7-0 lead in front of the home crowd.
Hall made it a 14-0 game when he found Terrence Edwards for the 13-yard score before two field goals from Sandro DeAngelis for a commanding 20-point lead.
However, the Eskimos scored 11 straight point, including a touchdown pass by Reilly to Bowman, to cut the lead to nine at the half.
The Eskimos look to carry their momentum into next week’s home matchup with the Toronto Argonauts, looking to make it three straight wins.
The Blue Bombers, meanwhile, return to Investors Group Field as they welcome the BC Lions.