Argos fall short

FRANK ZICARELLI -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:25 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- Red-eyed and red-faced, the Argos returned home early this morning in desperate search for answers.

They had no answer for Dave Dickenson, who picked apart the Argos defence in a masterful first-half display of play-calling, and they looked disjointed offensively for most of the night and were too error-prone for long stretches of time.

B.C. Place has been unkind for the Argos in recent years and it proved no place to find comfort on a late night when the outcome was determined early in the evening.

Embattled backup quarterback Spergon Wynn couldn't be blamed for this loss, a 26-19 setback that dropped the Argos to 1-2. On this night, there were plenty of culprits.

The Argos had an inkling they were in store for a long night when Dickenson engineered an opening-series drive that resulted in a B.C. touchdown and 7-0 lead.

The 78-yard drive was capped by a 63-yard pass-and-run play to Geroy Simon, who scored his first of two first-half touchdowns, breaking tackles over the middle of Toronto's defence and breaking the spirits of the visitors.

When Wynn tried to respond to Dickenson's early assault, penalties cost the Argos dearly and an overthrown pass would be picked off by Barron Miles, the first of two thefts for the veteran safety.

Toronto couldn't penetrate beyond the Lions' 31-yard line in the opening 30 minutes and could generate nothing on offence, defence or on special teams.

Even when the Argos attempted a dubious fake punt with the score 17-0, they came up short.

The first half was one worth forgetting as the Argos trailed 23-0, yielded 303 yards and 17 first downs.

To their credit, the Argos came out of the dressing room a more determined and composed team, taking the kickoff and driving the field for a touchdown.

The sequence was capped by Ricky Williams' first CFL touchdown as he run right for four yards at the 5:04 mark of the third quarter.

As a unit, the Argos offence looked much crisper and played with a sense of urgency not seen before.

The Argos also got a big break when Dickenson was limited to the sideline with what was believed to be a gimpy knee. His backup, Jarious Jackson, was a mere mortal and gave the Argos life when an errant throw was picked off by Jermaine Mays, a turnover that would lead to a field goal.

Dickenson returned with 8:09 left and the Lions clinging to a 26-19 lead.

What aided B.C.'s cause was field position in the remaining minutes as the Argos were forced to play on a longer field.

Where once Dickenson played in rhythm, the Argos were able to disrupt the Lions.

B.C. did, however, convert on second and 10 with 2:28 left, keeping possession and keeping the Argos' suddenly surging offence off the field.

With 1:57 to play, Lions running back Antonio Warren fumbled the football at Toronto's 16-yard line.

Undaunted by a sack, Wynn connected with Arland Bruce III for a 37-yard gain.

Robert Baker would make a big play along the sideline, but his second effort led to a fumble at B.C.'s 15-yard line.

B.C. would run out the clock and officially end the Argosp second-half uprising.


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