5 thoughts on Argos letting early lead slip away in Regina

1) “AK” victimized: Akwasi Owusu-Ansah has played well to begin the season and he kept a fairly high level in Regina, it’s just that Duron Carter recorded some ridiculous catches. That’s life at the boundary cornerback position in the Canadian Football League, there are talented receivers who line up there and high-level plays are going to happen. The third-year Argo was stuck tightly to Carter for most of the game it’s just that No. 89 was better with the ball in the air. Unless allowing 100-yard games become regular, there is no reason to worry about Owusu-Ansah.

2) Rush ‘D’: Even though Saskatchewan went down a quick 10-0, Riders offensive coordinator Stephen McAdoo clearly had a game plan to bring some balance and run the football. Cam Marshall put up the first 100-yard rushing game of his CFL career, 18 carries for 110 yards (6.1 per carry average) – that’s the highest total Toronto has given up season to date. Some may point to Cleyon Laing being out as the biggest factor, but Victor Butler also sidelined with an injury, who has been near unblockable, was very effective in helping limit runners. The Argos need to improve against the run whether Butler is on the field or not.

3) Final 15 sunk Argos: Toronto entered the fourth quarter with a four point lead. Duron Carter quickly changed that with two consecutive catches – one for a touchdown – that seemingly swung the momentum. On the ensuing kick-off Tyler Crapigna executed an onside kick and Erick Dargan recovered. That didn’t lead to any points but it changed field position. Then Carter made another play, returning a punt 29 yards to setup a field goal. Right after that, trailing 30-24, the Argos responded with a nine-play drive, trouble was it ended in just three points and not a major. Ricky Ray threw a catchable pass to Jeff Fuller in the back part of the end zone, the ball hit his hands, but the big target couldn’t make the catch. There appeared to be some contact on Fuller during the play, but Marc Trestman elected not to challenge. Missed opportunity to take the lead, but a field goal got them within three and there was plenty of time on the clock…

4) Touch football: It appeared as though the defence was going to give the ball directly back to Ray and the offence after a Riders two-and-out. Bakari Grant made a diving catch well short of the first down marker on second and 10. Johnny Sears Jr. was in coverage and a simple touch while Grant was on the ground would’ve ended the play. Instead, Sears Jr. elected to let Grant get to his feet and try to strip the football. Saskatchewan’s thwarted that and the tackle effort for a 29-yard gain, which broke the backs of the boatmen.

5) More Ray records: Ricky Ray continued his string of 300-yard games, making it six straight against Saskatchewan – that’s the longest streak in his career. The 38-year-old passed Condredge Holloway (16,619) to become the Argos franchise leader in passing yards. He leads the CFL with 2,282 passing yards through six games. That puts Ray on pace to throw for over 6,800 yards, which would set the all-time CFL single-season mark (Doug Flutie 6,619 in 1991 with B.C.).

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