Marc Trestman has been looking to create more points for the Argos by taking advantage of third down.

Toronto picked up two-of-three third down tries that were longer than just one yard in the Argonauts 29-28 victory over Winnipeg.

“We’ve gone into it the last couple weeks thinking we want to create as much advantage with points as we possibly can. We didn’t want to leave anything to chance. We had two opportunities down there close enough where I felt that if we didn’t get it we’ll turn over our defence and we won’t hurt the field position, it’s three points it’s the price for admission to try to get seven,” Trestman said.

“Overall on third down we did very, very well.”

The Argos went for a first down or touchdown three times against Winnipeg on third and two or longer situations. The first a third and goal situation from the six-yard line which resulted in a Ricky Ray to Declan Cross touchdown pass and put Toronto up 14-7. Early in the second quarter, another try on third and five from the Bombers 11-yard line, Ray was sacked by Jovan Santos-Knox, that left a possible three points on the field. Then in the third quarter, Ray found DeVier Posey for 13 yards on third and two from Winnipeg’s 41-yard line.

“It’s a combination of where we are in the season and what we need to do. We’ve gotta try to score touchdowns this time of year, we’ve seen it teams are too good, offences are too good, they come back, they make plays,” Trestman said.

“There’s gotta be some kind of parameters set for doing that and I thought the parameters for going for it on third down – other than one yard – was field position and we could turn over to our defence and still feel like we were in a good position to play winning football.”

However, those were not met on third and goal from the eight-yard line with the Argos down eight and under eight minutes to go, Toronto opted for a field goal to get within five at 28-23. Ricky Ray guided the game-winning touchdown drive on the next possession.

Trestman’s parameters for when to go for it on third down played out in the Argos favour.


Justin Dunk is the pre-eminent CFL insider and unabashed supporter of Canadian quarterbacks. He is one of the founders of the new 3DownNation.