Cunningham Making Splash on Special Teams
Here’s a closer look at Sunday’s 32-7 Stamps win at Ottawa’s TD Place Stadium.
Special play, Nuff Sed
Sederrik Cunningham did something Sunday that no Calgary player had accomplished in almost seven years — take a punt return all the way to the end-zone.
Cunningham’s 67-yard touchdown was the Stamps’ first major on a punt return since Markus Howell accomplished the feat on Oct. 7, 2007, which means it’s the first punt-return score of the John Hufnagel Era in Calgary.
Calgary’s most recent kickoff-return TD was by Titus Ryan on July 1, 2009, while Larry Taylor brought a missed field goal back 125 yards for a score on July 7, 2012.
Stamps travel well
The Stamps extended their road winning streak to four games on Sunday and have won eight of their nine most recent games away from McMahon Stadium.
Calgary needs one more victory to guarantee a winning record on the road for the season, which would extend the Stamps’ streak of such seasons to five.
That would match the longest streak in Stamps history, first set from 1961-65 and matched from 1992-96.
Calgary has also now won nine road games in a row against East Division opponents.
The Red and White previously won at Hamilton and Toronto this season and swept the East teams on the road in 2013 with victories in Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg (then a member of the East) and Guelph (the Ticats’ temporary home while Hamilton’s new stadium was being constructed).
The Stamps haven’t lost in the East since July 12, 2012, when they dropped a one-point decision to the Alouettes.
This past weekend’s results set up one of the most eagerly anticipated Labour Day Classics in years.
Both the Stampeders and Edmonton Eskimos are a league-best 7-1 and the Alberta rivals hold down the top two spots in the CFL in both points scored and points allowed.
Calgary’s offence is averaging 27.9 points per game while Edmonton is scoring 26.8 points per contest. On defence, the Stamps are allowing a league-low 15.1 points per game while the Eskimos are second at 17.8.
The .875 winning percentage going into the game is the best ever for the Alberta rivals in the long and storied tradition of the Labour Day Classic. Other high-calibre matchups includes the 1993 game (.833 as the Stamps were 9-0 and the Eskimos 6-3) and 1994 (.813 with Calgary 7-1 and Edmonton 6-3).
Over the past two years
The Stamps started the 2012 season 3-4 before recovering to finish with nine wins in the final 11 games.
Calgary followed that up with a 14-4 mark in 2013 and is now 7-1 this season. That adds up to a 30-7 record over two calendar years.
Here are the cumulative standings since Week 9 of the 2012 season (excluding Ottawa, which rejoined the league this season):
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