Reilly ran in the winning touchdown inside the three-minute warning and passed for another as the Eskimos won their third game in a row, emerging with a 26-19 victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Thursday.
Riders head coach Chris Jones said that Reilly just seems to find a way in pressure situations.
"He keeps on playing,'' he said. "You have to knock him out. He is just one of those guys. As long as he is up on the canvas, he is going to keep fighting and find a way to beat you.''
Jones felt his team let a winnable game get away from them.
"We were out-coached, out-executed and were the more undisciplined football team, and it reared its head again tonight,'' he said. "We know we are good enough to beat that football team, but they were disciplined enough to make the plays when they needed to and won the game.''
The Eskimos (5-2) started off the scoring with a rare first-quarter touchdown, as a 61-yard passing play from Reilly to Derel Walker set up a three-yard TD run by CJ Gable.
Saskatchewan (3-4), which saw the return of starting quarterback Zach Collaros after missing the last four games with a concussion, tied the game up late in the opening quarter on its third attempt from the one-yard line, finally taken in by Marcus Thigpen.
Edmonton regained the lead on a 48-yard field goal by Sean Whyte, the only scoring play of the second to make it 10-7 at the half. The only other notable moment in the quarter was Maas taking out his frustration on a Gatorade cooler.
Saskatchewan took the lead early in the third on a 41-yard TD pass from Collaros to Duron Carter.
Edmonton came roaring back as Walker made a circus catch in double coverage for a 36-yard major.
"We know what type of player he is,'' Maas said of Walker. "He came out ready to play tonight, that's for sure. When his number was called, he made the most of it.''
The Riders looked to regain the lead late in the third quarter, but another third-down gamble from the one was stuffed just short by the Edmonton defence upon video review. Edmonton conceded a safety on the next series, to lead 17-16.
After having what looked to be a 97-yard TD pass to Duke Williams taken away upon another review, Eskimos receiver Nate Behar then fumbled, leading to a 33-yard Brett Lauther field goal.
The Eskimos put together a long drive late in the fourth, with Reilly taking it in from the one with 2:23 remaining, but the two-point convert missed.
Saskatchewan failed on a third-down gamble, allowing Edmonton to put the game away with a 46-yard Whyte field goal.
The Eskimos are in B.C. to face the Lions next Thursday, while the Riders have a bye week before hosting the Calgary Stampeders on Aug. 19.
Notes: Saskatchewan cornerback Nick Marshall came back from the six-game injured list with a finger injury, meaning that receiver Carter was able to return to the offence after subbing in on defence in Marshall's absence. Carter was the Riders leading receiver last season with 73 catches for 1,043 yards and eight TDs.
POSTGAME COMMENTS FROM CHRIS JONES
- I've gotta do a better job of coaching them. We've got to be more disciplined. That's what this crew calls (line of scrimmage penalties) and that's what we got called for.
- We didn't have Elam on the roster and that's only the second time that's happened in my career. We went to our one-man down situation, and then after we had to go two-down, we went with Toby at safety and got through it.
- We've got a long ways to go in all three phases. When you have the lead in the fourth quarter, you need to keep it. They made the plays to take it back. We also need to give Zach enough protection. He's not going to get out of the pocket. He's going to stand in there and find guys. We need to get executing at a high level. We know good and well we can beat teams like Calgary and Edmonton. It's there, but consistency is key.
- As far as the bye goes next week, we already have broken down every game of every team in the league. Now we're just waiting on the most current games. This upcoming bye is the players' last chance to get away from football and the pounding on their bodies. Then it's 10 or 12 straight games which is what I like.
- We were pretty good with injuries. Thiggy was hampered by a groin all week. Brouillette got hurt on the first play and then was gone the rest of the game. Other than those two, we came out pretty good.
- We didn't execute to the point we wanted to. We had opportunities. The defense played their tails off. I fumbled on 2nd-and-1 at their goalline. From a comfortability standpoint together, it was good. We did good things and are really close to being where we want to be on offense.
- We ran the football pretty well. There were some reads I would've changed but again, we're a hard-working group. I feel like we're right there. The CFL is a long season and we have 12 more left. We're excited to get back after the bye and get back to work.
- You need to enjoy the bye and see family but you need to stay in the playbook and do your weightlifting and nutrition. This game is a game of attrition so you need to stay in the best shape and healthy.
(With files from the Canadian Press)