Argonauts post dramatic comeback win over Tiger-Cats
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (4E Sports) – Wide receiver Chad Owens and quarterback Ricky Ray keyed a dramatic fourth-quarter comeback to boost the Toronto Argonauts past the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 33-30, Monday at Ivor Wynne Stadium.
Ray found Owens twice over the middle on Toronto’s final possession to help set up a 33-yard field goal by Swayze Waters to clinch their fifth win while handing the Tiger-Cats a fourth consecutive loss.
Ray went 32-of-45 for 375 yards and one touchdown while Owens finished with 402 combined yards – 176 yards receiving, 90 yards from punt returns and 136 yards from kick returns – and one touchdown.
Owens’ output eclipsed the Argonauts franchise record of 401 yards posted by Rocket Ismael in 1992. It is good for third most single-game combined yards in CFL history behind Albert Johnson lll’s 474-yard performance in 2000 and Larry Taylor’s 441.
The Tiger-Cats were led by quarterback Henry Burris, who went 13-for-30 with two touchdowns but had two interceptions, including one in the fourth period that led to a 37-yard touchdown by the Argonauts.
The Tiger-Cats led by 22-11 at the start of the fourth period but the Argonauts slowly trimmed the lead with a two-point conversion.
After that, Ray led a six-pay, 57-yard drive finished off by a one-yard run by Chad Kackert touchdown plunge to bring Toronto to within a point.
Momentum was clearly on Toronto’s side as defensive back Ahmad Carroll picked up a pass by Burris and returned it for 37 yards for a touchdown that gave the Argonauts a 27-22 lead.
The Argonauts later extended their margin to 30-22 on their next possession when a key catch by Canadian Mike Bradwell helped set up a 26-yard field goal by Waters.
Burris bounced back by leading an impressive 75-yard drive, finding newcomer running back Brandon Rutley for a 10-yard run and Dave Stala in the back of the end zone for the two-point conversion to tie the game at 30.
The Argos would have the final say as Ray led a 51-yard, seven-play drive capped by a 33-yard field goal by Waters.