Winnipeg, MB, Canada (4E Sports) – The Toronto Argonauts squandered a 20-point lead but were bailed out by their defense to survive a Winnipeg Blue Bombers onslaught to win 26-20, Saturday afternoon at the Investors Group Field.
Ricky Ray had 215 yards and a touchdown on 20-33 pass attemptsin the win, but was also intercepted and held to under a 70 percent passing efficiency rating.
Andre Durie and Dontrelle Inman each caught a touchdown pass as the Argos took a 23-3 lead into the half.
The Bombers drew first blood with a short field goal from Sandro DeAngelis to go up 3-0.
The Argos couldn’t capitalize from in close and settled for a Swayze Waters boot to tie the ball game.
Ray hit Durie who beat the defence outside for a 26-yard catch and run to give the Argos a 10-3 lead to end the first quarter.
A pass interference penalty on Demond Washington in the end zone placed the Argos to the one-yard-line, where Zach Collaros found Inman to give the Argos a commanding 17-3 lead early in the second quarter.
Waters connected on two field goals before the half to give the Argos a 23-3 lead.
In the third, the Bombers capped off an explosive four-play scoring drive that covered 68 yards with a one-yard plunge by Will Ford to cut the Argos lead to 23-10. The Bombers defense also kept the Argos from scoring.
Max Hall then found Rory Kohlert for a touchdown to cut the Bomber deficit to 23-16.
The Argos took an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty to move the Bomber offence inside the 30 before Hall hit Sims-Walker for another first down. The Bombers elected to kick a 20-yard field goal with just two minutes left in the game to cut the lead to 23-20.
A 37-yard field goal from Waters, his fourth of the afternoon, settled the final score, as the Bombers ran out of time.
Hall finished his afternoon with 378 passing yards on 29-48 passing with a touchdown and an interception, but failed to earn his second win as a starter.