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Sunday, November 11, 2012

ARGOS MOVE ON

TORONTO - Ricky Ray threw two touchdown passes and ran for another in a record-setting second quarter to lead the Toronto Argonauts past the Edmonton Eskimos 42-26 in the CFL East Division semifinal Sunday.

Chad Owens also had a 59-yard punt return TD to highlight a 31-point Toronto outburst, the most in any quarter by one team in CFL playoff history. Owens, a finalist for the league's outstanding player award, brought the Rogers Centre gathering of 25,792 to its feet with the roof closed due to the installation of camera rigging for the Grey Cup game.

The win was Ray's first in three meetings this season against his former team. The Eskimos stunned the CFL last December by dealing Ray, a two-time Grey Cup champion, to Toronto for journeyman quarterback Steven Jyles, Canadian kicker Grant Shaw and a 2012 first-round pick.

Ray finished 23-of-30 passing for 239 yards and received a nice round of applause when he left the game with just over a minute remaining.

Adding insult to injury, Edmonton played without linebacker J.C. Sherritt. A finalist for the CFL's top defensive player award after registering a league-record 130 tackles, Sherritt watched wearing a walking boot on his right foot.

The lopsided loss capped a season to forget for Edmonton, which entered the playoffs having lost three straight and eight of its last 10 regular-season games for a 7-11 record overall. And last weekend the club fired general manager Eric Tillman, who had been under tremendous fire in Alberta for trading Ray.

(The Canadian Press)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Montreal Alouettes 2012 CFL Grey Cup Champions !