Monday, August 24, 2015
ARGOS 30 REDBLACKS 24
Waters kicked two crucial fourth-quarter field goals to earn the Toronto Argonauts a wild 30-24 win over Ottawa. Waters, back after missing six games with a knee injury, also had seven punts for a gaudy 50.6-yard average and posted a 65.8-yard mark on four kickoffs.
Waters also made a hard tackle on Ottawa's Chris Williams on one punt return. Waters' performance earned him a game ball after the contest.
"Yeah, it felt good, being out six weeks was tough,'' said Waters, the CFL's top special-teams performer last season. "But it's great to jump back in playing with (his teammates) and getting the win.''
Ottawa QB Burris, 40, finished 32-of-36 passing for 426 yards as Ottawa (4-4) suffered its second straight defeat to remain third in the East Division. Earnest Jackson had six catches for 114 yards while James Ellingson had four receptions for 110 yards.
But Ottawa was often its own worst enemy with 20 penalties for 228 yards.
"The only thing that's holding us back now is mental mistakes,'' Burris said. "We can't take the stupid penalties that negate the drives or opportunities we have.''
Redblacks head coach Rick Campbell agreed.
"We need to clean that stuff up,'' he said. "The good news is we've shown we can be a good football team but we're not there yet.''
Toronto (6-2 for the first time since '97), sported its white and powder blue third jerseys and survived a frantic fourth to earn its third straight win. The Argos moved into a tie with Hamilton (6-2) atop the East Division standings.