Argos attack late for win over Saskatchewan
Regina, SK (Sports Network) - Toronto scored 19 points in the fourth quarter and held on in the final seconds to secure a surprising 31-29 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders at Mosaic Stadium,
Argonauts (7-4) quarterback Zach Collaros converted 18-of-29 for 225 yards and a score, adding another major on the ground for a Toronto team that has now won two in a row. Running back Chad Kackert made a return to action for the Argos, coming back from injury, but he carried the ball only two times before exiting.
With the victory the Argos took a four-point lead over Hamilton for the top spot in the East Division standings.
The Roughriders (8-3), now second in the West Division, lost for the second time in as many outings even as quarterback Darian Durant hit on 24-of-49 for 369 yards and three touchdowns. Durant, who was also picked off three times, hit Chris Getzlaf with five passes for 133 yards and a couple of scores in the setback. Geroy Simon added five catches for 69 yards, giving him 1,012 career grabs, five shy of tying Ben Cahoon's CFL record.
The Argos opened the scoring with a single, registered by kicker Swayze Waters just over two minutes into the meeting.
The first major of the night came on the heels of a Toronto interception by Demetrice Morley, as Collaros bulled his way over the goal line from a yard out following a pass interference penalty in the end zone on the play prior.
Waters made the score 11-0 when he knocked through a 48-yard field goal after the visitors were given a short field following a bad snap on a Saskatchewan punt.
Unfortunately, on the next series Kory Sheets, the CFL's leading rusher, went down with an apparent right leg injury when he was sandwiched between two tacklers behind the line of scrimmage. He was able to leave the field under his own power but did not return.
On the final play of the first quarter, Durant was able to get the hosts into scoring position as Chris Milo knocked through a 33-yard field goal.
Ahead by an 11-3 score, the Argos led despite amassing just 15 total yards in the first quarter.
Flushed out of the pocket on the ensuing possession, Collaros threw an ill- advised pass across his body and back to the middle of the field which was intercepted by Weldon Brown. During the run back the Argos were assessed a penalty which took the ball all the way down to the 12-yard line.
Unable to advance the ball, Saskatchewan brought on Milo for a 21-yard field goal attempt, but after the snap was mishandled the kick hit the right upright, snapping his streak of consecutive made field goals at 28 in a row.
The Riders drew to within a single point when Durant found Getzlaf in the end zone for a 31-yard passing score.
Saskatchewan moved ahead with a 19-yard field goal by Milo and then built a 20-11 advantage thanks to a 47-yard TD strike from Durant to Rob Bagg with less than three minutes remaining in the first half.
Toronto did respond shortly thereafter, but only with a single by Waters.
In the third period, Saskatchewan put together a nine-play, 86-yard drive that ate up close to five minutes on the clock, but the hosts had to settle for yet another Milo field goal, this time from just nine yards out.
Ahead by double figures (23-12) heading into the fourth quarter, the Riders figured to be on their way to a comfortable victory, but Toronto had other ideas as the Argos ripped off 18 straight points to take a 30-23 edge.
The run by the visitors began with a 33-yard field goal by Waters and continued with a 15-yard TD pass from Collaros to John Chiles, with a successful two-yard conversion between the pair to follow. Toronto added a two-yard TD run by Jerious Norwood with just over seven minutes left in regulation.
With less than a minute remaining the Argonauts had a chance to possibly put the game away, but a field goal try by Waters missed to the right and the team only picked up a single.
On the next possession Durant found Getzlaf with a huge catch and run down the left sideline, taking the ball down to the 20-yard line with 33 seconds left. Two plays later Durant hooked up with Getzlaf on a 17-yard TD pass play to draw the Riders to within a point at 31-29.
The Riders had a chance to tie with a two-point conversion with 14 seconds remaining, but Durant was swarmed under and never got off a pass.
Saskatchewan had one last chance to change the outcome, but the ensuing on- side kick was recovered by Toronto.
09/15 01:32:36 ET