Bethel-Thompson, Wilder Jr. Propel Argonauts to 2nd Straight Win
Toronto Argonauts 24 - BC Lions 23 FINAL
Saturday, August 18, 2018
Three weeks ago, the Toronto Argonauts seemed lost without the veteran leadership of QB Ricky Ray. Now, they have a two-game win streak under the arm of rookie QB McLoed Bethel-Thompson.
Despite posting slightly less impressive numbers than his first career CFL start, Bethel-Thompson put up 260 yards and went 18 for 29 with a touchdown. The Sacramento State product seems to shine in the second half, bringing his Argos back from 10 points down for the second time in the game.
The Argo offence went to work under Bethel-Thomspon. Running Back James Wilder Jr. rushed for 91 yards on 18 carries, and caught four passes for 49 yards.
RB Anthony Coombs made his long-awaited return to the lineup since being injured again during the Argos' Grey Cup victory. Coombs caught 3 passes for 56 yards and hauled in the lone touchdown for Toronto.
And Wide Receiver Armanti Edwards had not one, but two incredible catches just inches off the ground. The second pass he caught between his legs!
The last 5 minutes of this game was everything any CFL fan could ask for. With the Argonauts up 24-23, Bethel-Thompson is sacked twice in a row with 3:14 left to play and the ball is returned to BC.
Argos DB Marcus Ball picks off a pass from Lions QB Travis Lullay, only to fumble it and give BC a fresh set of downs. Lions WR Emanuel Arceneaux fumbles the ball less than a minute later, which gets recovered by Marcus Ball with 38 seconds left.
Toronto goes two and out and is forced to kick again. And with 1 second left, Lullay finds Arceneaux again, who falls trying to kick the ball into the endzone to get the tying safety point.
BC still managed to out-throw and out-rush Toronto, but it was the 4 turnovers to the Argos' 1 that spelled their downfall. With LB Bear Woods hopefully making a return in week 11, the Argonaut defence should get a bit more difficult to play against.
This is the first Argos win versus BC at home since 2013, an acheivement neither team had accomplished since that year. Toronto improves to 3-5 and moves into a tie for second place with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats while BC falls to 3-5, and 3 games back of 3rd in the West.
And a great turnout at BMO Field!
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