Cody Fajardo’s late touchdown run earns Argos East final win over Riders
November 19, 2017 - Finding Carter
Cody Fajardo’s one-yard TD run with 23 seconds remaining rallied a Toronto Argonauts to a furious 25-21 East Division final win over a Saskatchewan Roughriders on Sunday afternoon.
Toronto earnings to a Grey Cup for a initial time given winning a ancestral 100th championship diversion in 2012 during Rogers Centre. The Argos will face possibly a Calgary Stampeders or Edmonton Eskimos on Sunday during Ottawa’s TD Place.
Fajardo’s touchdown came after Christion Jones’ 79-yard punt lapse TD with 2:45 remaining put Saskatchewan forward 21-18. Toronto starter Ricky Ray quietly marched a Argos to a Riders’ one-yard line, completing 7-of-8 passes for 67 yards to set adult Fajardo’s winning run.
Toronto cemented a win when Akwasi Owusu-Ansah recovered Saskatchewan receiver Duron Carter’s attempted lateral.
The Argos were positively opportunistic opposite Saskatchewan, with 17 of their points entrance off turnovers, delighting a eager entertainment of 24,929, a club’s largest throng ever during BMO Field.
Among those attending were Maple Leafs’ players Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner and conduct manager Mike Babcock, who donned his Riders’ attire sitting subsequent to Argos owners Larry Tanenbaum, who’s also a authority of Maple Leafs Sports Entertainment, a primogenitor association of a Leafs.
Saskatchewan was attempting to turn a initial crossover group to strech a Grey Cup given a order was adopted in 1996. The Riders were 2-0 contra Toronto this year and degraded a defending-champion Ottawa Redblacks 31-20 in final weekend’s East Division semifinal.
Saskatchewan won a toss and deferred, opting to have a 54-kilometre-an-hour north breeze for a fourth. When a Riders got a round with 12 mins left during their 17-yard line, they trailed 18-3.
Brandon Bridge of Mississauga, Ont., cut a necessity to 18-10, anticipating Carter on an 11-yard TD pass during 5:57, capping a intelligent 93-yard, seven-play drive. It was a initial playoff touchdown pass by a Canadian given Ottawa’s Russ Jackson did so in a ’69 Grey Cup game.
Saskatchewan pulled to within 18-13 on Tyler Crapigna’s 28-yard margin idea with 4:44 remaining before going forward on Jones’ TD. Bridge afterwards strike Naaman Roosevelt for a two-point modify and three-point lead.
It was a unsatisfactory finish to a deteriorate for Saskatchewan starter Kevin Glenn, a 17-year maestro still in hunt of his initial Grey Cup victory. Glenn threw 3 first-half interceptions — one that was returned for a TD — before being transposed for good to start a second half by Bridge.
Ray and Toronto using behind James Wilder Jr. were already positive of spending Grey Cup week in Ottawa as East Division finalists for a superb actor and rookie awards, respectively. Now, they’ll be accompanied by their teammates and demeanour to top conduct manager Marc Trestman’s fanciful initial deteriorate with a Argonauts by celebrating a CFL championship.
Trestman will make a fourth Grey Cup coming as a CFL conduct coach. His initial 3 (and dual wins) came with Montreal from 2008-12 before apropos a conduct manager of a NFL’s Chicago Bears.
Terrance Plummer and DeVier Posey had Toronto’s touchdowns. Lirim Hajrullahu total a translates and dual margin goals.
Crapigna booted dual margin goals and a convert.
Toronto converted dual late Saskatchewan turnovers into 10 points and a 17-3 half-time lead notwithstanding personification into a sprightly wind. Hajrullahu’s 35-yard margin idea during 14:31 came after Cassius Vaughn’s interception during a Riders’ 23-yard line.
Ray’s strike Posey on a 17-yard TD strike during 13:47 to pierce Toronto forward 14-3, capping a 63-yard, seven-play expostulate aided by nonessential harshness and pass division penalties opposite a Riders. That impetus was set adult by Owusu-Ansah’s interception.
In fact, all of a first-half points came off a total 6 turnovers (four interceptions, one fumble, one on downs). It was an generally tough half for Glenn, who was 6-of-13 flitting for 87 yards and 3 interceptions.
Glenn was transposed by Bridge during 4:28 of a second after completing 6-of-11 passes for 87 yards and a pick. He returned after in a entertain though was picked off by Owusu-Ansah on his initial pass attempt.
Toronto non-stop a diversion with a breeze and changed a round smartly before Wilder Jr. was stopped on third-and-one during a Saskatchewan 29-yard line. The Riders converted that into Crapigna’s 16-yard margin idea to open a scoring.
But Plummer put Toronto forward 7-3, returning a Glenn interception 39 yards for a TD during 9:56.