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Sunday, November 1, 2015

ESKIMOS CLINCH FIRST, BEAT ALOUETTES 40-22

EDMONTON - Derel Walker reeled in three touchdown passes as the Edmonton Eskimos secured first place overall in the CFL and a bye before hosting the West Division final with a 40-22 victory over the Montreal Alouettes on Sunday.

The Eskimos (14-4) finished off regular season play with eight consecutive wins, the first time they have done so in 33 years.

With a bye in the final week of the regular season, the Eskimos won't return to action until Nov. 22.

The Alouettes (6-11) were officially eliminated from playoff contention with the loss. It ended a run of 19 straight playoff appearances, the second-longest in CFL history.

Edmonton scored on its first two possessions, getting a 32-yard field goal from Sean Whyte before quarterback Mike Reilly found Walker for a six-yard touchdown pass. Walker passed 1,000 yards receiving earlier in the opening quarter and would go on to set a new rookie record for receptions.

The Alouettes responded early in the second quarter to make it 10-7 as quarterback Kevin Glenn completed a four-yard touchdown pass to B.J. Cunningham.

(The Canadian Press)

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