The Edmonton Eskimos have advanced to the Western Final following a 33-19 victory over the Calgary Stampeders Sunday at Commonwealth Stadium.
Ricky Ray had 245 yards passing and one touchdown pass to Jason Barnes. Adarius Bowman also had a strong game with 93 yards receiving.
On defense, Damaso Munoz had seven tackles, but it was his fumble recovery for a touchdown that was the clear turning point.
Down 8-3 in the second quarter, Stampeders’ quarterback Drew Tate just dropped the football and it was picked up by Munoz who marched into the end zone for 77 yards.
The Eskimos would score two more touchdowns before the half– a Jerome Messam run and a four yard pass from Ray to Barnes.
But it was the Eskimos’ defense as a collective unit that came up big in this one. With the Eskimos generating minimal second half offense, the defense came up big and did not let Henry Burris come up with a big play that might have been damaging.
With the win, the Eskimos now play the British Columbia Lions in the Western Final next Sunday in Vancouver.
In the Eastern Semi-Final, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeated the Montreal Alouettes 52-44 in an amazing shootout that went to overtime. Anthony Calvillo threw for 513 yards and lost. Hamilton will now play Winnipeg in the Eastern Final.