Larry Taylor's late TD helps Calgary beat Edmonton in Labour Day clash

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CALGARY - Larry Taylor caught a seven-yard touchdown pass from Kevin Glenn with 63 seconds remaining as the Calgary Stampeders edged the Edmonton Eskimos 31-30 in the annual Labour Day clash Monday.

Rookies Bo Levi Mitchell and Matt Walter had rushing touchdowns for the Stampeders (5-4), who had lost their previous two home games.

Glenn also threw a touchdown pass to Jon Cornish, Rene Paredes kicked a field goal, while Rob Maver booted a single.

Kerry Joseph and Joe Burnett scored touchdowns 43 seconds apart in the fourth quarter to put the Eskimos (5-4) up 30-25 with just over six minutes to play in the game, but the Edmonton defence couldn't shut down Taylor and the Calgary offence.

Filling in for injured starter Steven Jyles, Joseph plunged into the end zone for a one-yard score at 8:07 of the final frame. Burnett then picked off an errant pass by Glenn and ran it back 34 yards into the end zone to give the Eskimos a short-lived lead.

Joseph also tossed touchdown passes to Fred Stamps and Hugh Charles in the second quarter, while Grant Shaw kicked three singles.

On the last play of the game, Shaw attempted a 48-yard field goal into the wind, but the ball sailed wide to the left and Taylor ran it out of the end zone as time expired.

The same two teams won't have much time to rest as a rematch is set for Friday at Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium.

The Stampeders appeared poised to score on their opening drive of the game before Nik Lewis fumbled the ball in Edmonton territory. Clint Kent recovered the ball for the Eskimos.

Five plays later, Burke Dales was tackled for a loss deep in Edmonton territory after he couldn't handle a low snap from Ryan King cleanly.

Calgary then opened the scoring when Mitchell plunged into the end zone for a one-yard touchdown at 8:17 of the first quarter.

With the Stampeders threatening to score again in the second quarter, Edmonton's Rod Williams picked off an errant pass by Glenn and ran for eight yards to give Eskimos the ball back on their own 17-yard line.

Joseph then engineered a 10-play, 93-yard drive that culminated in a 35-yard touchdown pass to Stamps, who was wide open in the end zone.

On Edmonton's next drive, Joseph tossed a 73-yard touchdown pass to Charles, who caught the ball at midfield and broke a tackle before running the rest of the way into the end zone.

Although the Eskimos failed to convert the touchdown, Shaw booted an 89-yard single on the ensuing kickoff to give Edmonton a 14-7 lead through two quarters of play.

After Shaw kicked a 67-yard punt single to open the scoring in the second half, Cornish caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Glenn at 7:15 of the third quarter to cap off a six-play, 75-yard drive by the Stampeders.

The Eskimos then had to settle for a 64-yard punt single by Shaw before Glenn led the Stampeders on a seven-play, 75-yard drive that resulted in an 11-yard touchdown run by Walter to put Calgary up 21-16 after three quarters.

Paredes then kicked a 43-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter before Maver booted an 85-yard punt single to extend Calgary's lead.

Notes: Joseph has now rushed for a touchdown in three straight games. . . . With the return of Jerome Messam to the Edmonton lineup, fellow running back Cory Boyd was a healthy scratch for the Eskimos. . . . The Stamps now have a record of 31-25-1 on games played in Calgary on Labour Day, including a 21-25-1 showing against the Eskimos. . . . The announced attendance at McMahon Stadium was 32,102.

Organizations: Calgary Stampeders

Geographic location: Edmonton, Calgary, Commonwealth Stadium McMahon Stadium

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