A 30-yard field goal by Rob Maver with no time left on the clock capped off a wild 20-17 win for the Calgary Stampeders over the Edmonton Eskimos in CFL pre-season action Friday night.
Marquay McDaniel caught a 15-yard pass from third-string quarterback Brad Sinopoli and then a five-yard pass for a two-point convert as the Calgary Stampeders rallied to tie the Edmonton Eskimos 17-17 at 13:54 of the fourth quarter.
In the last minute of play, David Pittman blocked a punt by Edmonton's Burke Dales to give Calgary the ball back and set up Maver's winning field goal.
Joe Burnett returned an interception 80 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter for the Eskimos, who built up a 17-9 lead before the Stamps rallied for the victory in front of an announced crowd of 23,629 fans at McMahon Stadium.
Burnett, a defensive back who spent last season on Edmonton's practice roster, picked off an errant pass by starting Calgary quarterback Drew Tate and ran the length of the field for the Eskimos' lone touchdown.
Grant Shaw kicked a pair of field goals for Edmonton, which rested several veterans including quarterbacks Kerry Joseph and Steven Jyles, both of whom the Eskimos acquired in the off-season. Derek Schiavone also booted a field goal.
Rene Paredes and Maver both had a pair of field goals for the Stamps.
Dales, who signed with the Eskimos in the off-season, accounted for all of the scoring in the first quarter with a 69-yard punt single.
Early in the second quarter, Stamps defensive back Fred Bennett picked off an errant pass thrown by starting Eskimos quarterback Matt Nichols to stop an Edmonton drive.
Largely thanks to four carries by Calgary running back Jon Cornish totalling 34 yards, the Stamps appeared to be on the verge of scoring before Tate threw the costly interception to Burnett.
After Schiavone kicked a 45-yard field goal to extend Edmonton's lead to 11-0, Parades replied with a pair of field goals from 35 and 37 yards out to get the Stampeders on the board.
With the Eskimos threatening to score once again early in the third quarter, Bennett intercepted another pass by Nichols to end Edmonton's drive.
In the third, Maver had a chance to pull the Stamps closer to the Eskimos but his field goal attempt from 32 yards out hit the left upright and bounced back into the field of play. Maver then redeemed himself later in the quarter by kicking a 50-yard field goal.
In the fourth quarter, Shaw connected on field goals from 21 and 12 yards out to increase Edmonton's lead to 17-9.
Notes: In the fourth quarter, Bennett picked off a pass by Edmonton quarterback Jeremiah Masoli for what would have been his third interception of the game, but the play was nullified due to a penalty to the Stampeders for too many men on the field. ... The Eskimos will return home to host the B.C. Lions in their second and final pre-season game on June 21, while the Stamps will travel to Regina to face the Saskatchewan Roughriders to round out their exhibition schedule on June 22.