Thursday, July 13, 2017
BLUE BOMBERS 33 ARGONAUTS 25
WINNIPEG - Running back Andrew Harris had two touchdowns Thursday night to lead the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to a 33-25 win over the Toronto Argonauts.
Costly penalties and dropped balls killed several Toronto chances to right the ship after a first half dominated by special teams for both sides. Winnipeg improved to 2-1 in the West and Toronto fell to 2-2 in the East.
Toronto's Lirim Hajrullahu had six field goals and Winnipeg's Justin Medlock had four. Both teams had touchdowns on returns.
In the first half, neither Toronto quarterback Ricky Ray nor Winnipeg's Matt Nichols could get much going before 25,085 fans at Investors Group Field.
Ray easily won the passing contest with 243 yards to Nichols 97 after two quarters but it was Nichols who set up the only offensive touchdown, a four-yard carry by Harris. He combined with Harris for another in the third quarter.
Before the game, Winnipeg coach Mike O'Shea had been looking for more from his kick-return squad and he got it, with Ryan Lankford's 93-yard opening touchdown just 14 seconds into the game.
(The Canadian Press)