THE CANADIAN PRESS
EDMONTON -- It took a little longer than they would have liked, but the Edmonton Eskimos finally earned a victory in front of their hometown fans.
Fred Stamps reeled in a pair of touchdown passes as the Eskimos snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 25-7 victory over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Saturday.
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"We've been so close so many times, only to fall short,'' said Eskimos quarterback Mike Reilly, who threw three touchdown passes and rushed for 113 yards.
"You can't help but start to wonder if it is ever going to happen. To finally come out and put together a good performance and be in control of the game for pretty much all four quarters was a nice change-up. We still have a lot to improve on though.''
Eskimos linebacker J.C. Sherritt hopes that finally getting a win may lead the team in the other direction.
"Luckily we got all the bad out early,'' he said. "There is a lot of season to be played and I think everyone who watches the CFL knows how weird it can get. We just have to keep this going now.''
The Blue Bombers, meanwhile, weren't able to capture back-to-back wins, having gone more than two years since the last time they were able to.
"It was a comedy of errors,'' said Winnipeg head coach Tim Burke. "We had way too many turnovers. I think our calls on defence didn't help our players out and I am just as much to blame for that. We just did dumb things all throughout the game.''
The game wound down with an incredibly odd play. The Bombers tried a third down gamble deep in Edmonton territory but the snap was nowhere near the quarterback and the charging Edmonton defenders kicked it down the field.
Marcus Howard picked it up and then threw it over his head to Eric Samuels, who looked to have scored a touchdown. The play was called back on an interference call, although Edmonton got possession and was able to run out the clock.
The mistake still irked Burke.
"I don't know why we snapped the ball when we did it,'' he said. "It was just different things like that all throughout the game that cost us.''
The two teams will face each other in a rematch on Friday in Winnipeg.