CALGARY – Jon Cornish had a career night, rushing for 208 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries in a commanding 38-11 Calgary Stampeders win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
Cornish was simply unstoppable, averaging 12.2 yards per carry and didn’t even play the entire game. He spent almost the entire fourth quarter on the sidelines with the game out of reach as the Stamps rested their star tailback.
Quarterback Kevin Glenn was sharp all afternoon, racking up 320 yards and two touchdowns on 21 of 29 passing in just over three quarters of work.
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It didn’t take the Stampeders long to prove why they hold the league’s top record as they scored quickly on their first three drives of the game.
Placekicker Rene Paredes booted a 35-yard field goal to get things started right before Cornish began to chip away at Kory Sheets’ lead-leading rushing total.
Cornish took an inside handoff, found a hole and raced up the gut of the Bombers defence virtually untouched for a 50-yard touchdown and an early 10-0 lead.
In the opposite backfield it was Will Ford once again getting the start after Chad Simpson was shut down for the season with an injury. Ford answered by ripping off a 70-yard run deep into Calgary territory but Max Hall and the Bombers offence couldn’t punch it in and settled for a 15-yard field goal.
Hall was making his third consecutive start after being pulled in the third quarter in a 53-17 loss to BC last week.
His counterpart, Glenn, promptly went to work on Calgary’s next possession, connecting with WR Marquay McDaniel twice – for 34 and 25 yards – before handing the ball off to Cornish for his second major from seven yards out.
The major helped Calgary take a 17-3 lead into the second quarter.
After the teams traded singles, Cornish did indeed surpass Sheets with a 25-yard run which helped set up a 26-yard touchdown pass from Glenn to Maurice Price. Price’s seventh touchdown of the year gave the Stampeders a commanding 25-4 lead heading into halftime.
Cornish finished the first half with 113 yards on 11 carries and two touchdowns while Glenn had 228 yards passing and a major.
As the third quarter began, Hall and the Bombers strung together three straight first downs but their drive was snuffed out just past mid-field by DB Derrius Brooks who picked off the Winnipeg pivot.
Brooks was filling in for Keon Raymond who sat out with an injury.
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The ensuing Calgary possession was all Cornish. He ripped off runs of 12, 6 and 23 yards to set up a Paredes field goal to increase the lead slightly to 28-4.
The Stamps would not settle however on their next possession. After Sandro DeAngelis pushed a field goal attempt wide right, the Stamps were backed up on their own three yard line after Larry Taylor tried to turn the miss into a major by taking it out of the end zone.
Glenn led a masterful 6-play, 107-yard drive where he connect ted with Joe West for 35 yards before finding Marquay McDaniel wide-open down the seam for an easy 36-yard touchdown.
West was making his return, playing in only his fifth game of the season after spending the majority of the year on the injured list.
The Bombers special teams would answer it back though, as Ford fielded the ensuing kickoff, eluded a few tacklers and raced 100 yards for the touchdown to cut the Stampeder lead to 35-11 with just over two minutes remaining in the third quarter.
The fourth quarter started and Cornish’s career night continued. A 31-yard romp put him up over 200 yards and set up another Paredes field goal.
With 10:52 left in the contest, both he and Glenn exited to give way for Matt Walter at running back and Drew Tate at quarterback. It was the most time seen by Tate since being injured in Week 2 versus Saskatchewan.
Tate finished 3 of 4 for 41 yards as part of an evening that saw Calgary put up over 600 yards of total offence.
Hall finished 14 of 33 for 139 yards and no touchdowns with one interception.
The Stamps remain at home next week as they host the BC Lions in a matchup that will have big playoff implications. Meanwhile, the Bombers will take on the Alouettes in Montreal.