TORONTO — Headlined by football’s historic return to Ottawa, Week 4 in the CFL was an interesting one, to say the least.
The action kicked off on Thursday, with the Blue Bombers coming out on the wrong side of a 26-3 decision to the Edmonton Eskimos in a battle of then-undefeated teams.
On Friday, the REDBLACKS sent a capacity crowd home happy, as they edged the visiting Argonauts in what was their first home game in nine years.
Later that night, the Stampeders maintained their perfect record, sneaking by the Tiger-Cats at McMahon Stadium.
Finally, the week came to a close on Saturday, with the Lions handling the Alouettes in convincing fashion at home.
Here’s how it all went down in Week 4:
M. Reilly: 18/31, 192 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT M. Reilly: 10 att, 96 yds, 0 TD A. Guyton: 7 rec, 56 yds, 1 TD
D. Willy: 14/27, 180 yds, 0 TD, 1 INT N. Grigsby: 11 att, 50 yds, 0 TD C. Denmark: 1 rec, 50 yds, 0 TD
Odell Willis scored on a pick-six and Mike Reilly did the rest with his legs, as an overpowering defence led the Edmonton Eskimos to a 26-3 win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Thursday night at Investors Group Field.
In a battle of two undefeated teams that pitted the league’s top-ranked defence against the top-ranked offence, both defences stole the show as Reilly and Bombers’ quarterback Drew Willy were heading for the hills from the get-go.
In the end a misplay off the hands of Nic Grigsby and the ensuing interception return for Willis against his former team held up to be the difference, sending the Bombers to their first loss of the season.
R. Ray: 21/37, 298 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT C. Steele: 4 att, 24 yds, 0 TD D. Adams: 4 rec, 83 yds, 1 TD
H. Burris: 17/30, 216 yds, 0 TD, 0 INT C. Walker: 12 att, 60 yds, 0 TD K. Johnson: 6 rec, 91 yds, 0 TD
Football is back in Ottawa.
In what started as a defensive battle fittingly ended in the only way a perfect story could — with a dramatic ending. Henry Burris led a late drive to set up a 23-yard Brett Maher field goal and send a sellout crowd at TD Place in a frenzy. The REDBLACkS topped the Toronto Argonauts 18-17 in the first Ottawa home game since 2005.
The victory was the first in franchise history.
Maher hit six field goals and accounted for all of Ottawa’s points while Burris finished 17 of 30 for 216 yards.
J. Masoli: 9/20, 107 yds, 0 TD, 1 INT B. Banks: 1 att, 28 yds, 0 TD A. Fantuz: 7 rec, 59 yds, 0 TD
B. Mitchell: 2035, 201 yds, 0 TD, 0 INT M. Walter: 11 att, 56 yds, 0 TD J. Fuller: 4 rec, 56 yds, 0 TD
Defences continued to be the story of the week as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Calgary Stampeders could only manage 17 points, however the Stampeders were on the winning end, 10-7 at McMahon Stadium Friday night.
Heading into Week 4 of the CFL season the Ticats were looking at a daunting task of going into Calgary with a young quarterback making his first start of the season.
Jeremiah Masoli was taking over for an injured Zach Collaros and for the Stampedes defence that was a perfect opportunity to have a big game against a team that has allowed a total of 14 sacks through the first two games of the season.
Not to be outdone the Ticats defence was hoping for their own big game as the league leaders in numerous defensive categories heading into Week 4.
T. Smith: 5/17, 45 yds, 0 TD, 1 INT B. Whitaker: 11 att, 65 yds, 0 TD K. Stafford: 4 rec, 39 yds, 0 TD
K. Glenn: 23/31, 301 yds, 2 TD, 0 INT S. Logan: 9 att, 74 yds, 0 TD E. Arceneaux: 8 rec, 145 yds, 3 TD
Emmanuel Arceneaux is back.
After missing parts of training camp and the first few weeks of the season, the Lions’ go-to receiver was nothing short of a force, hauling in three touchdown passes in a dominant 41-5 BC win over the Montreal Alouettes.
Arceneaux finished the day with 8 receptions for 145 yards . He, along with a stout BC defence helped avenge a Week 2 loss to the Als.
In fact BC’s defence was so good, Troy Smith simply did not have an answer – finishing just 5 of 17 for 45 yards and one interception.
For a pair of teams that only meet twice a year, they have certainly built up a rivalry in short order in 2014. A Week 2 meeting saw the Alouettes hand the Lions a one-sided 24-9 loss which led to some belief that Montreal had run up the score.