Jon Cornish’s 59-yard touchdown run with five minutes remaining gave the Calgary Stampeders a 20-18 Labour Day rematch victory over the Edmonton Eskimos on Friday.
Edmonton kicker Grant Shaw had a chance to win the game with a 42-yard field goal attempt with time expired, but hit the uprights.
It was the second consecutive game he had the opportunity to give his team a win on a last-second kick and failed.
Calgary won its third in a row after defeating the Eskimos 31-30 at home on Monday.
The Stampeders moved out of a tie for second with the Eskimos to grab a share of first place with the B.C. Lions in the CFL’s West Division at 6-4.
Edmonton, with two losses in a row, fell to third with a 5-5 record.
The Stampeders had an impressive start with a touchdown on their first possession. Quarterback Kevin Glenn passed 37 yards to Johnny Forzani for an early 7-0 lead.
Edmonton responded with a punt single on its first drive.
Calgary came flying back late in the opening quarter with a 50-yard passing play to Romby Bryant, but were forced to accept a 28-yard Rene Paredes field goal.
The Esks started the second quarter with a 22-yard Shaw field goal to cut Calgary’s lead to 10-4.
Midway through the second quarter a pass interference call took the Stampeders down to the Edmonton two-yard line, but the Eskimo defence got the ball back on a Chris Thompson interception in the end zone.
The first half had a wild finish as the Eskimos bobbled a field goal snap with time expired and holder and third-string quarterback Matt Nichols passed to linebacker Corbin Sharun, who bounced off a pair of Stamps defenders to score a 35-yard touchdown. Edmonton took an 11-10 lead into the dressing room at the half.
Calgary got down to the Edmonton 15 with two minutes to go in the third quarter and looked about to regain the lead, but once again Glenn was picked off in the end zone by Thompson who took the ball out to the 29.
The Stampeders were able to inch back in front early in the third quarter on a 13-yard Paredes field goal.
Calgary padded their lead with five minutes remaining as Cornish made a great cutback and ran 59 yards to put the Stamps ahead 20-11.
Cornish finished the game with 185 yards rushing.
The Eskimos came back with a long drive of their own to close to within two points. Veteran quarterback Kerry Joseph hit Fred Stamps with a 22-yard touchdown pass with just under three minutes to play.
Edmonton got the ball back near midfield with just over a minute to play and pushed to the Calgary 35 on a third and 18 gamble that was caught for 31 yards by Marcus Henry.
Shaw, who missed a 48-yarder in the loss to Calgary, came out to try and give Edmonton the win, but once again missed the mark.
The Stampeders return home to face Winnipeg next Friday, while the Eskimos hit the road to play the Ticats in Hamilton next Saturday.
Notes: It was the second of four games to be played this year between the Alberta rivals... The Stamps had swept the Labour Day two-game home and away series in three of the five previous years ... Esks QB Kerry Joseph came into the game having lost his last seven starts. His last won July 24, 2009, against Winnipeg... Calgary receiver Nik Lewis played in his 150th career CFL game and has caught at least one pass in every one of those games... With the Eskimos trading wide receiver Greg Carr to the Saskatchewan Roughriders earlier this week, Edmonton started rookie Shamawd Chambers at wide receiver. Fellow receiver Marcus Henry was activated from the nine-game injured list and made his 2012 debut... The attendance at the game was 39,363
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