EDMONTON – Sean Whyte nailed a 30-yard field goal as the Edmonton Eskimos extended their winning streak to six games with a 26-23 overtime victory over the visiting B.C. Lions on Saturday.
Dexter McCoil picked off a pass in the second overtime session, allowing the Eskimos a clear chance to win it.
The Eskimos (12-4) maintained their first-place status in the West Division ahead of Calgary, which beat Toronto 27-15 earlier Saturday. Edmonton has won six games in a row for the first time s1ince 2003.
The Lions (5-10) have lost five of their last six games.
Edmonton took an early 3-0 lead on its first possession as a 63-yard Kendial Lawrence punt return eventually led to a 40-yard Whyte field goal.
The Lions came back to take the lead as Esks quarterback Mike Reilly tossed a pass straight into the waiting arms of Ronnie Yell and he waltzed just 13 yards into the end zone to make it 7-3.
The Eskimos had a field goal blocked, but came back on their next possession with a huge play as Reilly threw a long bomb to Adarius Bowman, who scampered the extra few yards to record a 69-yard touchdown to start the second quarter.
B.C. tied the game five minutes into the second on a 14-yard Richie Leone field goal.
The teams traded field goals from there to make it 13-13 at the half.
A 46-yard passing play to Derel Walker led to another Whyte field goal to start the third, putting Edmonton back in front.
The Lions got another huge play deep in Edmonton territory as a Reilly pass bounced out of the hands of one defender into another’s. Alex Hoffman-Ellis took an interception to the three, setting up a passing TD from quarterback Jonathon Jennings to Manny Arceneaux. A missed convert made it 19-16 for B.C.
Edmonton got a point back on a punt single before it appeared like the Lions were poised to put the game away with 10 minutes left in the fourth. However, on a first-and-one attempt, the ball was fumbled into the end zone and taken out by Edmonton defender Deon Lacey.
The Lions got a punt single, but Edmonton got one more late drive and Whyte kicked a 16-yarder to send the game to overtime tied 20-20.
Both teams hit field goals in overtime before Whyte connected on the winner — his sixth of the game.
The Lions return home to Vancouver to take on Hamilton next Friday, while the Eskimos head on the road to Saskatchewan next Saturday.