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Eskimos survive late scare to down Roughriders

The Edmonton Eskimos are still trying to find a way to put a complete game together.

Mike Reilly threw for a pair of touchdowns and ran in another as the Eskimos survived a late scare to come away with a 33-25 victory over the struggling Saskatchewan Roughriders on Friday.

Edmonton led 22-0 in the second quarter before Saskatchewan rallied for 19 straight points, including 16 in the third quarter, to make it a game.

“We had a lull, for sure, in the third quarter,” Reilly said.

“It wasn’t a case of us letting our foot off the gas, it was a question of our execution being a little off. We executed real well in the first half, it dipped a bit in the third, but most of the fourth quarter was back up. Our defence played great, too.”

It was Edmonton’s third win in a row, upping their record to 5-4.

Eskimos head coach Jason Maas was pleased to see his team rack up 183 rushing yards.

“It’s nice to be able to do that against such a good run defence,” he said.

“For us to go out there and do that speaks volumes about what [O-line coach Mike] Gibson, Shakir Bell and the offensive line is doing. It was a great performance on their part to be able to do that. We had some balance as well, being able to pass it.”

Saskatchewan fell to 1-8 on the season with its fifth consecutive loss.

“We took them to the brink two times in their place,” said Roughriders head coach Chris Jones, referring to a thrilling 39-36 loss to the Eskimos in their only previous meeting on July 8. “We are a good football team, but unfortunately we make too many errors. We need to understand and believe that we are a good football team.

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