TORONTO ARGONAUTS GAME REPORT – WEEK 8: Argonauts Stun Blue Bombers in Comeback First Win
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Thursday, August 1, 2019
TORONTO ARGONAUTS 28 – WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS 27 FINAL
TORONTO, ON – They did it.
McLeod Bethel-Thompson and the Toronto Argonauts offence found a groove in the 2nd half against the Winnipeg Blue-Bombers for their first win of the season Thursday night.
Winnipeg barely had the ball in the 2nd half thanks to a solid performance by the Argo defence, while Bethel-Thompson led the offence for 9 plays and the game-tying touchdown with 13 seconds left. Tyler Crapigna chipped the winning extra-point after Winnipeg went offside and made it only a 27-yard kick to win the game.
The Argonauts started off slow, with nothing to show for the 1st quarter. The Bombers meanwhile came out of the gate hard.
Winnipeg capped off their first drive with a 51-yard field goal from Justin Medlock, just a yard shy of his longest of the season. Later in the quarter, Andrew Harris went on a 56-yard run for a touchdown on the only play of the drive. That made it 10-0 with just over 6 minutes left in the 1st.
They rounded out the quarter with another Medlock field goal, this one a 32-yarder and the Argos took possession for the 2nd.
Toronto proceeded to miss a field goal to begin the quarter.
The Blue Bombers continued to score, with another Harris run into the endzone with just under 5 minutes left in the half.
The Argos came right back with their first score of the game, a 45-yard Crapigna field goal with 2:42 left in the half. It was Toronto’s first points in 7 quarters.
Toronto’s defence snuffed out the next Bomber drive and Bethel-Thompson marched the ball downfield for their longest drive of the game. He found Rodney Smith for a 12-yard touchdown to round out the half, their first TD since the 3rd quarter of their Week 6 matchup against the Calgary Stampeders.
Toronto received the ball to kick off the 2nd half and Bethel-Thompson again marched the ball downfield from his own 42 yard line. The drive resulted in another Crapigna field goal.
The Argo defence limited Winnipeg’s possession time in the 3rd, which allowed Toronto to score another touchdown just before the 7-minute mark of the 3rd. That pulled the Argos into a 20-point tie. Toronto’s defence shut out Matt Nichols and the Winnipeg offence in the 3rd.
The Bombers begun the 4th quarter with the ball and a 7-play touchdown drive to retake the lead 21-20.
Bethel-Thompson was named the player of the game after throwing a season-high 37 of 49, matching a season-high 3 touchdowns, and tying a season second-best 343 yards. He and the Argos were a different team in the 2nd half, more composed and able to respond to pressure.
Nichols threw his worst game of the season, just 21 for 31, with 1 touchdown and 169 yards. Harris finished the night with 152 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns but, was completely shut down in the 2nd half.
That’s two straight losses for the Bombers as they go home winless on this 2-game Eastern road trip and try to turn things around against a progressively healthier Calgary squad.
The Argonauts go into their 2nd bye week on a high and can look forward to the return of RB James Wilder Jr. as well as the returning debut of QB Zach Collaros.
Toronto breaks the 100-mark in points for with the win but, ties BC for the most points allowed at 241. The Argos have something positive to build on for the first time this season and Head Coach Corey Chamblin is just as positive.
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