CFL Week 8 Recap: Pat White’s Wheels Helps the Esks’ Win in Ottawa.

CFL Week 8 Recap: Pat White’s Wheels Helps the Esks’ Win in Ottawa.

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CFL Week 8 Recap: Pat White’s Wheels Helps the Esks’ Win in Ottawa.

It was truly a strange week for a few WVU alum in Week eight of the 2014 CFL regular season. Steve Slaton registered another 100+ all-purpose yard performance, but was pulled mid-way through the third quarter of Toronto’s Tuesday night home game after he fumbled the ball on back-to-back drives.

Jock Sanders was unexpectedly scratched from Calgary’s line-up prior to their Saturday afternoon showdown with Hamilton. But it was Pat White’s rushing performance in Edmonton’s Friday night road game in Ottawa that was most consistent in this week’s action.

Steve Slaton (#20) being tackled during Toronto's Tuesday night showdown with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Rogers Centre (photo via:  Stan Behal/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency)

Steve Slaton (#20) being tackled during Toronto’s Tuesday night showdown with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Rogers Centre (photo via: Stan Behal/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency)

Steve Slaton and his Toronto Argonauts got the ball rolling as they hosted Winnipeg in a special Tuesday night clash. Slaton earned his first CFL start in place of the team’s veteran runner, Curtis Steele. It was Slaton’s first start of any kind on the professional level since October of 2009 during his time with the Houston Texans.

Slaton had a great start to the game as he had 47 rushing yards, and 36 receiving yards (83 all-purpose) by half-time. However, things began to unravel for the Mountaineer legend as he let the ball fall to the turf two drives in a row, which ruined the Argos’ the chance of running away with the game.

Steele handled all running back duties during the fourth quarter as Toronto went on to defeat the Blue Bombers by a score of 38-21. A day after the game, Slaton was scratched for the team’s Sunday night game against BC. He finished the Tuesday’s game with 66 rushing yards and 40 receiving yards. Toronto is now 3-5 on the season, and owns a two-game lead as the first place team in the East division.

Pat White was the only other West Virginia alum to play this week as he and the Edmonton Eskimos traveled to the nation’s capital to play the expansion Ottawa Redblacks. White substituted in for the team’s starting quarterback, Mike Reilly, four times on Friday night. He carried the ball four times, and rushed for 20 yards and two first downs as the Eskimos squeaked out a 10-8 victory at the sold-out TD Place Stadium. Edmonton is now 6-1 on the season, and is in second place in the West Division.
Elsewhere in Week 8 CFL action:

• Jock Sanders was scratched from the Stampeders’ depth chart for their Saturday afternoon road game at Hamilton. Calgary defeated Hamilton on Saturday 30-20

• Noel Devine, Selvish Capers, and Robert Sands all had their time on Edmonton’s one-game injury listed another week. Devine has yet to dress for the Eskimos’, while Capers and Sands have been out since weeks three, and one respectively.

• CFL Week 8 schedule:
– MONTREAL @ WINNIPEG FRI. 08/22 8:30PM (ESPN3.COM)
TORONTO @ EDMONTON SAT. 08/23 4:00PM (ESPN3.COM)
CALGARY @ OTTAWA SUN. 08/24 3:00PM (ESPN3.COM)
– SASAKAT. @ BC SUN. 08/24 7:00PM (ESPN3.COM)
– BYE: HAMILTON

(TEAMS IN BOLD HAVE WVU ALUMNI ON THE ROSTER)

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