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Jyles and Parker help Toronto slip past Winnipeg

Oct 29, 2011 - 4:22 AM Winnipeg, MB (Sports Network) - Steven Jyles threw for a pair of touchdowns and Byron Parker set a CFL career record by notching his ninth interception return for a score, as Toronto held off Winnipeg, 27-22, in the final regular season game at Canad Inns Stadium.

Jyles completed 9-of-13 passes for 100 yards and was picked off once. He left the game early in the fourth quarter after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit from Winnipeg defensive back Johnny Sears.

Dalton Bell came in and the Argos (5-12), who nearly blew a 24-6 halftime lead, held on with a strong defensive stand. Ricky Foley knocked down an Alex Brink third down pass with under a minute remaining and the Argos ran out the remaining time to snap a seven-game road losing streak.

The Blue Bombers (10-7), who will open their new 33,500-seat stadium next June, had a chance to clinch first place in the East Division this weekend, but now find themselves a half-game behind Montreal.

"This is a game at home, last game of this era, this stadium, we're supposed to win," Blue Bombers defensive tackle Doug Brown said. "We have everything to play for an Toronto doesn't. We dug ourselves such a deep hole in the first half and we couldn't recover."

Buck Pierce suffered a right leg injury after completed 5-of-11 passes for 50 yards with an interception. The Blue Bombers sent in Brink, who went 16-of-27 for 219 yards with a score.

Justin Palardy kicked five field goals in defeat, including a 12-yarder that opened the scoring.

Jyles found Chad Rempel for a 43-yard TD pass early in the second before Noel Prefontaine kicked a 37-yard field goal for a 10-3 difference. Parker then picked off a Pierce pass along the left sideline and cruised to the end zone with a 50-yard return.

Jyles found Jeff Johnson for a 13-yard score later in the second before Palardy's 26-yard boot made it 24-6 at the half.

A 10-yarder from Palardy cut into the deficit, and Brink's 45-yard strike to Greg Carr got the Blue Bombers closer later in the third. Palardy's 42-yard field goal, following an interception, made it 24-19 going into the fourth.

Jyles had to leave the contest with nearly nine minutes left. He scrambled up the middle for 12 yards to the Toronto 54 and came to a feet-first slide, but Sears came up to make a hard hit with Jyles' head bouncing off the turf. He remained on the ground for a few minutes while being tended to by medical staff and then walked off the field under his own power.

Sears and Toronto linebacker Jason Pottinger were both ejected from the game after the play with just over nine minutes left with Toronto holding a 24-22 lead, this after a 42-yard field goal from Palardy.

Prefontaine kicked a 19-yard field goal with under two minutes left.

Game Notes

Cory Boyd rushed for 91 yards for the Argos, while Chris Garrett gained 159 yards on 20 carries for the Blue Bombers...Carr caught seven balls for 122 yards.