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2022-11-21 08:31:31

A.J. Ouellette’s five-yard landing run within the fourth quarter rallied the Toronto Argonauts to a stirring 24-23 upset of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers within the 109th Gray Cup on Sunday night time.

Ouellette’s TD – his second of the sport – got here at 11:36 with Boris Bede’s convert giving Toronto its slender benefit.

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And it was backup Chad Kelly, the nephew of former NFL star Jim Kelly, who engineered the five-play, 36-yard drive with veteran McLeod Bethel-Thompson sidelined with an unspecified damage. Ouellette’s landing was arrange by Javon Leake’s 44-yard punt return that put Toronto on the Winnipeg 31-yard line with 6:07 remaining.

On Winnipeg’s subsequent possession, linebacker Henoc Muamba intercepted Zach Collaros to place the Argos on the Winnipeg 43-yard line with 3:20 to play. However the Bombers stayed alive with Nick Hallett’s block of Bede’s 37-yard discipline aim that put the West Division crew at its 29-yard line with two minutes to go.

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Following Robbie Smith’s second-down sack, Smith bought to Collaros once more on third down however was flagged for a facemask penalty, placing Winnipeg at its 41. The Bombers drove to the Toronto 40-yard line however Smith blocked Liegghio’s 47-yard try, placing Toronto at its 14-yard line with 43 seconds remaining.

Toronto was then capable of run the clock out.

The loss tarnished a record-setting effort by Winnipeg’s Janarion Grant, who had a 102-yard punt return TD earlier within the fourth.

Winnipeg was trying to grow to be the primary CFL crew to win three straight Gray Cups since Edmonton captured 5 consecutive titles (1978-82).

Toronto earned its first Gray Cup since 2017 and prolonged its win streak within the massive recreation to seven straight.

The 2 groups squared off within the first Gray Cup recreation on the new Mosaic Stadium. The final time the competition was there was 2013 when the sport was performed in Mosaic Stadium at Taylor Discipline and the hometown Roughriders dispatched Hamilton 45-23 for the franchise’s fourth and final championship.

The competition was performed earlier than an introduced sellout of over 33,000 spectators though there have been noticeable patches of empty seats all through the venue.

The temperature at kickoff was -2C (felt like -7C) with winds of 23 kilometres an hour. It dropped to -4C (felt like -11C) and the wind elevated to twenty-eight km-h to open the second half.

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The motion started following pre-game festivities that included a stirring nine-plane flyover by the 431 Air Demonstration Squadron, previously the Royal Canadian Air Pressure’s Snowbirds.

Collaros completed 14-of-23 passing for 183 yards with an interception.


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Bethel-Thompson completed 15-of-28 passing for 203 yards whereas Kelly accomplished 4-of-6 passes for 43 yards.

Andrew Harris, who helped Winnipeg win titles in 2019 and ’21, ran for 55 yards on 10 carries for the Argos. Ouellette had 24 yards dashing on six carries.

Bede made simply three of his six discipline objectives on the night time. He additionally added two converts and single.

Dakota Prukop scored each of Winnipeg’s touchdowns. Liegghio added two converts and a discipline aim.

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Prukop’s one-yard TD run at 11:04 of the third gave Winnipeg a 17-14 benefit. It capped a sensible 13-play, 74-yard drive that took 7:12.

Ouellette staked Toronto to a 14-10 lead with a four-yard TD run at 3:30. The four-play, 35-yard scoring march was arrange by Leake’s 23-yard punt return to the Winnipeg 35-yard line.

Liegghio’s 45-yard discipline aim at 14:39 of the second gave Winnipeg its 10-7 halftime benefit. Bede had an opportunity to tie the rating however his 53-yard try on the ultimate play was huge.

The second was a greater one for Winnipeg (148 internet offensive yards in comparison with 119 for Toronto). Nonetheless, the Bombers had the lead as a result of its defence compelled the Argos to accept discipline objectives and Bede may solely convert two of his 4 first-half makes an attempt.

After struggling within the first, Collaros was 6-of-10 passing for 95 yards on the half. Twice, although, he had Dalton Schoen open however the two couldn’t efficiently hook up.

Extra importantly, Collaros sprung proper up following a seven-yard run within the second, showing to indicate no ill-effects of the foot damage he suffered in final weekend’s West Division last.

Toronto appeared decided to determine the cross as Bethel-Thompson accomplished 10-of-21 makes an attempt for 142 yards. Harris ran 5 occasions for 36 yards.

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Bede’s profitable 36-yard discipline aim at 11:30 made it 7-7.


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Toronto went forward 4-0 when Bede’s missed 36-yard boot went for a single at 2:56 of the second. Winnipeg’s offence lastly put one thing collectively as Prukop’s one-yard TD run on third down at 7:09 capped an eight-play, 70-yard march that took 4:35.

Bede opened the scoring with a 46-yard discipline aim at 4:44 of the primary, which was managed by Toronto. The Argos had the ball for 8:55 and outgained Winnipeg 71-29 in offensive yards whereas Collaros was simply 1-of-4 passing for 4 yards.

Nonetheless, defensive lineman Jackson Jeffcoat had his crew’s greatest play of the quarter, recovering a fumble after sacking Bethel-Thompson.

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