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Special teams, defense lead Argos past Blue Bombers

Sep 19, 2010 - 8:54 PM TORONTO (CP) - Chad Owens ignited the Toronto Argonauts with an 80-yard punt return in the third quarter and their defence made a key stop on a third-down gamble in the dying minutes to secure a 17-13 victory over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Sunday afternoon.

Nursing a four-point lead, the Boatmen stuffed to a 10-play, 48-yard drive on third-and-one on their own 26 when fullback Andre Sadeghian was dropped for a one-yard loss with 1:42 on the clock.

The Argos (6-5) were able to hold on from there before a crowd of 19,662, ending a three-game losing streak and keeping pace with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (6-5), who rallied for a 35-31 win at B.C. on Saturday night, for second in the East Division.

They also picked up the tiebreaker against the Blue Bombers (3-8), while putting a serious dent in the playoff hopes of their last-place rivals.

Jeremain Copeland, back after missing three games with an elbow injury, caught a TD pass from Cleo Lemon while Justin Medlock added a 50-yard field goal for the Argos. Medlock and defensive end Ricky Foley, who collected a sack, were both signed in midweek and provided a boost.

Terrence Edwards caught a TD from Steven Jyles while Justin Palardy kicked two field goals for the Blue Bombers, who failed to build on their stunning 31-2 win over Saskatchewan last week that ended a five-game losing streak.

The Argos took control of the tight defensive struggle in the third quarter thanks to their special teams.

Their first big play of the contest came on their first touch of the second half, when Owens fielded a punt at the Toronto 30, broke through a tackle and sped down the sidelines into the end zone at 1:38. His third return touchdown of the season put the Argos up 7-6.

Blue Bombers defensive back Deon Beasley ended the next two Toronto possessions with a fumble recovery and interception, but the Argos special teams soon struck again.

Setting up to punt from their own 38 on 3rd and 16, Argos running back Bryan Crawford fielded the snap instead, broke an attempted tackle by Winnipeg receiver Scott McHenry and ran for 30 yards. The offence did nothing with the extra possession but Medlock booted a 50-yard field goal to make it a 10-6 contest.

Medlock was wide right on a 56-yard try early in the fourth quarter but the miss, brought out of the end zone to the Winnipeg 15 by defensive back Jovon Johnson, helped lead to the strong field position that led to Copeland's TD on Toronto's next possession.

Starting at the Winnipeg 50, the Argos needed four plays before Lemon found Copeland in the end zone with a loft pass from nine yards out for a 17-6 lead.

But the Blue Bombers responded on their next possession, as Fred Reid broke loose for a 38-yard run before Jyles found a wide open Edwards to once again make it a four-point game, but could get no closer.

The Blue Bombers led 6-0 after a sloppy first half in which the teams combined for more penalties (10) than points.

Palardy opened the scoring 4:19 into the game when he connected from 34 yards out. An 81-yard pass from Jyles to Terrence Edwards from the Winnipeg five set the kick up, a play after an Argos penalty negated a single.

Foley recorded his first sack as an Argo on second and 10 to stuff the drive.

Palardy made his second kick from 41 yards out 16 seconds into the second quarter to cap a 12-play, 53-yard drive.

The Argos offence crossed midfield only twice in the opening two quarters, never getting further than the Winnipeg 52.

Notes: Defensive end Ed Harrington was inducted to the All-Time Argos during halftime. The 69-year-old, nicknamed Hercules, played 10 years for the Argos and was an all-star three times. "I'm deeply honoured," he told the crowd, fighting back tears. "Thank you so much." ... RB Anthony Alridge, who signed with the Argos on Thursday, was inserted into the lineup. ... Owens had a 56-yard punt return negated by a Toronto holding penalty in the third quarter.






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    Blue Bombers 13, Argonauts 17  FinalSep 20 11:41 PM


  • CFL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    WINNIPEG 3 3 1 6 13
    TORONTO 0 0 10 7 17 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: WIN - FG, JUSTIN PALARDY 34 YD, 4:05. WINNIPEG
    3-0
    2ND QUARTER: WIN - FG, JUSTIN PALARDY 41 YD, 0:00. WINNIPEG
    6-0
    3RD QUARTER: TOR - TD, CHAD OWENS 80 YD PUNT RETURN (JUSTIN
    MEDLOCK KICK), 1:

    Sep 19 3:52 PM


  • CFL
    TD WIN
    TERRENCE EDWARDS 39 YD PASS FROM STEVEN JYLES
    (JUSTIN PALARDY KICK)
    WINNIPEG 13
    TORONTO 17 8:29 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Blue Bombers 13, Argonauts 17  3rd - 8:29Sep 19 3:32 PM


  • CFL
    TD TOR
    JEREMAINE COPELAND 8 YD PASS FROM CLEO LEMON
    (JUSTIN MEDLOCK KICK)
    WINNIPEG 6
    TORONTO 17 9:54 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Blue Bombers 6, Argonauts 17  4th - 9:54Sep 19 3:27 PM


  • CFL
    END, 3RD QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    WINNIPEG 3 3 0 6
    TORONTO 0 0 10 10 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: WIN - FG, JUSTIN PALARDY 34 YD, 4:05. WINNIPEG
    3-0
    2ND QUARTER: WIN - FG, JUSTIN PALARDY 41 YD, 0:00. WINNIPEG
    6-0
    3RD QUARTER: TOR - TD, CHAD OWENS 80 YD PUNT RETURN (JUSTIN
    MEDLOCK KI

    Sep 19 3:12 PM


  • CFL
    FG TOR
    JUSTIN MEDLOCK 50 YD
    WINNIPEG 6
    TORONTO 10 2:55 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Blue Bombers 6, Argonauts 10  3rd - 2:55Sep 19 3:07 PM


  • CFL
    TD TOR
    CHAD OWENS 80 YD PUNT RETURN
    (JUSTIN MEDLOCK KICK)
    WINNIPEG 6
    TORONTO 7 13:15 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Blue Bombers 6, Argonauts 7  3rd - 13:15Sep 19 2:42 PM
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    Blue Bombers 6, Argonauts 7  3rd - 13:15Sep 19 2:42 PM
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    Blue Bombers 6, Argonauts 0  3rd - 14:56Sep 19 2:41 PM


  • CFL
    HALFTIME 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    WINNIPEG 3 3 6
    TORONTO 0 0 0 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: WIN - FG, JUSTIN PALARDY 34 YD, 4:05. WINNIPEG
    3-0
    2ND QUARTER: WIN - FG, JUSTIN PALARDY 41 YD, 0:00. WINNIPEG
    6-0

    Sep 19 2:37 PM
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    Blue Bombers 6, Argonauts 0  HalfSep 19 2:37 PM


  • CFL
    WINNIPEG 6
    TORONTO 0 14:44 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Blue Bombers 6, Argonauts 0  2nd - 14:44Sep 19 1:42 PM


  • CFL
    END, 1ST QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    WINNIPEG 3 3
    TORONTO 0 0 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: WIN - FG, JUSTIN PALARDY 34 YD, 4:05. WINNIPEG
    3-0

    Blue Bombers 3, Argonauts 0  End of 1stSep 19 1:42 PM


  • CFL
    FG WIN
    JUSTIN PALARDY 41 YD
    WINNIPEG 6
    TORONTO 0 15:00 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Blue Bombers 6, Argonauts 0  2nd - 15:00Sep 19 1:42 PM
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    Blue Bombers 3, Argonauts 0  1st - 10:55Sep 19 1:33 PM
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    Blue Bombers 3, Argonauts 0  1st - 10:55Sep 19 1:32 PM


  • CFL
    FG WIN
    JUSTIN PALARDY 34 YD
    WINNIPEG 3
    TORONTO 0 10:55 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Blue Bombers 3, Argonauts 0  1st - 10:55Sep 19 1:22 PM


  • CFL
    SINGLE TOR
    JAMIE BOREHAM 67 YD OFF A PUNT
    WINNIPEG 0
    TORONTO 1 12:40 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Blue Bombers 0, Argonauts 1  1st - 12:40Sep 19 1:17 PM