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(Saturday, July 7th)
Final Score: Toronto 39, Calgary 36
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Noel Prefontaine's 28-yard field goal as time expired lifted the Toronto Argonauts to a 39-36 win over the Calgary Stampeders on Saturday.
Despite losing starting quarterback Drew Tate on their second series to a left shoulder injury, the Stampeders came from 15 points down to tie the game at 36-36 with 1:08 to play.
Larry Taylor, who returned a missed field goal 125 yards for a score earlier in the contest, tip-toed down the left sideline for a 65-yard punt return. Just one play after the runback, Nik Lewis hauled in the game-tying 25-yard touchdown.
But Ricky Ray found Andre Durie for a 34-yard completion on the first play of Toronto's ensuing drive, setting up the game-winning boot.
"When it comes down to the end of the game, my job is to try and win it," Prefontaine said of the kick.
Ray finished 30-of-40 for 407 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions, while Durie caught 10 balls for 118 yards for Toronto, which dropped its opener to Edmonton. Dontrelle Inman reeled in three receptions for 107 yards and two touchdowns.
Valiant in relief for the injured Tate, Kevin Glenn was 15-of-19 for 172 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions for the Stampeders, who defeated Montreal in their opener. Lewis had seven receptions for 95 yards and two scores.
"Kevin [Glenn] made plays for us and did a terrific job of getting us back in the game," Calgary head coach John Hufnagel said.
Calgary struck first on its opening drive as Tate flipped a four-yard TD pass to Rob Cote, but Toronto answered on its first possession as Cory Boyd ran it in from five yards out, knotting the game at 7.
Stampeders defensive back Eric Fraser intercepted Ricky Ray on Toronto's ensuing series and returned it 61 yards for the score, but the Argos scored 22 unanswered points and held a 29-14 advantage midway through the third.
Inman hauled in a 56-yard touchdown, while Prefontaine booted through five field goals, the last one being a 42-yarder, giving Toronto a 29-14 lead.
Calgary then scored the next 15 points to tie the game. Lewis' 20-yard touchdown cut the deficit to nine, while Taylor's 125-yard missed field goal return coupled with Lewis' two-point conversion evened the contest at 29 early in the final stanza.
Inman's second TD reception from 15 yards out put Toronto back on top, 36-29, with less than four minutes to go.
Taylor's 125-yard field goal return is the third longest in Calgary history. Ross Hopkins has the longest return, a 128-yard runback in 1990...Ray has thrown a TD pass in eight straight games...Tate was 5-of-6 for 64 yards and a touchdown before exiting...Toronto has beaten Calgary four straight times by a combined 10 points...Taylor had 292 total return yards.
07/07 19:30:49 ET
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