Sean Whyte kicked a nine-yard field goal with no time left on the clock as the Edmonton Eskimos defeated the B.C. Lions 30-27 on Saturday in the opener to the CFL season for both clubs.
The winning points were set up by Mike Reilly’s 76-yard completion to Brandon Zylstra with 36 seconds left after B.C. had tied the score on backup quarterback Travis Lulay’s two-yard plunge 20 seconds earlier.
But rookie kicker Ty Long missed the extra point that would have given the hosts the lead before Edmonton stole the victory late.
Reilly wound up 20 for 28 passing and threw for 315 yards and two touchdowns. D’haquille Williams and Vidal Hazelton hauled in the TD grabs for Edmonton, while John White added another on the ground.
White finished with 104 yards rushing on 17 carries, while Zylstra had seven catches for 152 yards.
Whyte had three field goals and three extra points.
Edmonton gets job done
Jeremiah Johnson had the other rushing touchdown for B.C., while Long booted 15 points.
There was lots of talk during training camp about the explosive potential of a B.C. attack led by Johnson, quarterback Jonathon Jennings, receivers Emmanuel Arceneaux and Bryan Burnham.
The execution, however, was off for most of this one.
Edmonton, meanwhile, didn’t have a great night on offence either, but got the job done when it counted.
With the Eskimos up nine early in the fourth quarter, the Lions got a break when Edmonton return man Garry Peters fumbled a punt deep in his own territory that was recovered by B.C.’s Chandler Fenner.
Johnson then scampered in from 13 yards out two plays later, but Long’s…