Canadian Football League

Monday, October 17, 2005

Argos battle for Canadian Football League East Divison tile

Noel Prefontaine's fourth field goal of the game, a 20-yarder as time expired, gave Toronto a 35-32 victory over Winnipeg in CFL action from Winnipeg Stadium.

Damon Allen threw for 484 yards and a pair of touchdowns and ran for another score to help the Argonauts (9-6) complete a season sweep of the Blue Bombers. Arland Bruce finished with eight catches for 137 yards and Andre Talbot had 122 yards on five receptions, including a touchdown, in the win.
Kevin Glenn had two scoring passes and 171 yards through the air for Winnipeg (5-11), which had won two of three coming in. Charles Roberts ran for 176 yards and a TD on 24 attempts in defeat.
The winning kick was set up by Allen's 46-yard deep pass to Bruce, which put the ball inside the Winnipeg 10 in the final seconds.
The Blue Bombers trailed 32-22 with under three minutes remaining before roaring back to tie it on a five-yard pass from Glenn to Darnell McDonald and a 31-yard field goal from Troy Westwood.
The Argonauts put up 19 straight points between the second and third quarters to turn an early 11-point deficit into a 22-14 lead.
Allen, who completed 26-of-39 passes, connected with John Avery for a 25-yard touchdown with 9:30 remaining in the second quarter to bring Toronto within 14-10. The Argonauts added a safety five minutes later when Winnipeg punter Jonathan Ryan stepped out of the end zone, and took a 15-14 edge at the half when Prefontaine kicked a 22-yard field goal in the final minute.
Talbot hauled in an 11-yard touchdown toss from Allen less than three minutes into the second half, but the Blue Bombers would cut their deficit to 22-21 when Glenn threw a 19-yard scoring strike to Keith Stokes with 5:17 remaining in the period.
Toronto increased the margin to four on a 15-yard field goal by Prefontaine early in the fourth quarter. A Blue Bombers' single made it 25-22 before Allen scored on a one-yard run with 4:10 to go to give the Argos a 10-point cushion.
After Winnipeg opened the scoring with a single, Roberts gave the Bombers an 8-0 lead with a one-yard first-quarter plunge. Both teams added a field goal before the opening frame would expire.
Westwood's 12-yard field goal two minutes into the second quarter staked Winnipeg to a 14-3 advantage.


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