It happened again last Saturday night for Mike Reilly and his Edmonton Eskimos.
Meaning another close game against another Canadian Football League opponent, but also another loss in the form of a 30-27 home-field defeat to the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
The loss was Edmonton’s sixth straight, the last four of which have come by a combined 12 points. At 1-7, the Eskimos travel to Calgary next Monday night.
Former Central Washington great Reilly had another solid statistical game, throwing for 303 yards and three touchdowns on 19 of 29 passing with two interceptions. He also was Edmonton’s top rusher with 76 yards on eight carries.
But the Eskimos, who led 27-22 with 11 minutes to play before the Roughriders (7-1) rallied, missed on two chances to regain the advantage with six minutes left after a 35-yard Reilly-to-Cary Koch pass carried to the Saskatchewan 2 yard line.
Backup quarterback Kerry Joseph then fumbled before recovering for a three-yard loss, after which Reilly was intercepted in the end zone.
Reilly, in his first season as a starter, ranks second in the CFL in passing yards with 2,031. His season numbers of 147 completions in 235 attempts for 12 TDs with eight interceptions compute to a 93.1 passer’s rating.