Argonauts expose Redblacks; snag first road win in 14 games

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If there were any questions left surrounding what’s going wrong in Ottawa during their now four-game losing streak, the answer is now crystal clear: everything.

That can be said with confidence after they took a boot-kicking at home against a previously 1-9 club, who hadn’t won a road game in their previous 14 attempts.

Turnovers were aplenty on both sides but ultimately the better team of the day and possibly season won as the Toronto Argonauts cruised to a 46-17 victory.

Despite Jonathan Jennings putting up his best game of his season in his third start, their offence still couldn’t find the end zone. And the Redblacks defence looked steady early despite losing Antoine Pruneau to an injury, before falling apart in the second half.

Jennings’ performance wasn’t great but it was a vast improvement over his last two starts. He went 33-of-42 for 327 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

It was a 10-10 game at one point. Another highlight was the effort put in by George Uko. The 27-year-old defensive lineman picked up his first two career turnovers – an interception in the first and a fumble recovery in in the third – in his second year and 14th game with the Redblacks.

Continuing with career milestones, S.J. Green surpassed Rocky DiPietro (9,762) to move into the top-20 on the all-time receiving yards list.

Now back to the turnovers. Ottawa coughed the pigskin up four times to Toronto’s three.

The Redblacks third turnover was their most costly and it came on a Brad Sinopoli fumble. Quadarius Ford continued his good afternoon by turning on the jets for the 47-yard recovery score in the third. Ottawa never recovered.

Toronto built their lead in the first half on two touchdowns. The first a Derel Walker plunge, the team’s first rushing touchdown of 2019 and it was by a receiver. McLeod Bethel-Thompson went to work after that taking just 2:30 to march 85 yards, finding Rodney Smith for a score.

The Argos offence kept rolling in the fourth while their defence kept Jennings at bay.

The game became a blowout in the fourth as James Wilder Jr. secured his first three touchdowns of the year, two on a pair of passes from Bethel-Thompson and a late rush.

The quarterback finished up with 26-for-39 with 411 passing yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.

The Redblacks (3-8) will head to the home of the toothless B.C Lions (1-10) next week while Toronto (2-9) savours the performance during their bye.